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Crunch time for Becker County

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When Becker County received a turkey of a Christmas present from Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the State Legislature at the end of 2008 -- in the form of a $300,000 state aid cut -- Minnesota was facing a $4.9 billion budget deficit.

Since then, that deficit estimate has grown to between $7 billion and $8 billion for the next biennium -- and Becker County officials are bracing for another state aid cut that they fear could reach as high as $550,000 or more.

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