CHICAGO - Minnesota finance officials will watch the market closely over the next week to see whether several competitive issues of more than $100 million are successfully bid before deciding whether to proceed with their planned sale later this month of about $443 million of general obligation bonds.

The top-rated state has tentatively planned to publish its offering statement next week and has set a tentative date of Oct. 28 for the sale, but others first have to take the lead in returning to the market, Kathy Kardell, the state's assistant commissioner for treasury, said late last week.

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