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Townships must replace all their warning signs with new reflective materials by 2012. The estimated cost could reach more than $70 million statewide. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

Unfunded federal mandates leave townships in financial crunch as legislature cuts local aid

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The smallest units of government will be the last to come out of the recession.

Those were the prognostications of David Fricke, executive director of the Minnesota Association of Townships, preaching to the choir last week.

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He addressed a regional assembly of township officers, saying he was reporting "the sad notes of the (last) Legislative session."

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