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Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden listens to Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann at a press conference Monday afternoon to outline LGA cuts the two cities will suffer under a proposal by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji, Wadena mayors: Proposed LGA cuts would be 'devastating'

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If Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed cuts to Local Government Aid are approved, cities would be forced to cut core services, according to two northern Minnesota mayors.


"We're past the fat, past the meat and now we're into the bone," said Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden, the president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, at a press conference Monday afternoon at Bemidji City Hall.

Pawlenty last week proposed a budget that included LGA cuts totaling $246 million.

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