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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.

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"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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