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Mayor Nancy Carroll talks with DFL Reps. Paul Marquart, left, of Dilworth, and Kent Eken of Twin Valley about cuts to Local Government Aid. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Small towns facing tough budget choices

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The military has a famous phrase for operations that go awry.

It's not fit for print.

But it could be applied to government programs passed with lofty aspirations that devolve into disarray, too.

Without the "great equalizer" of Local Government Aid, Minnesota's small cities will slowly crumble to death, a group of lawmakers was told Sunday in Park Rapids.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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