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Published March 14, 2010, 05:00 PM

Minnesota's Smallest Towns Facing Cuts

Minnesota's smallest towns are facing cuts in local government aid from the state for the first time.

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's smallest towns are facing cuts

in local government aid from the state for the first time.

The Mankato Free Press reports Sunday that towns with a thousand

people or less have been protected in recent rounds of local

government aid cutting. But officials in small towns are worried

they won't be this year under Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal.

Small-town mayors and administrators say their budgets are

already bare-bones and that there's little room for spending

reductions. "We just don't have extra services to cut," says

Madison Lake city administrator Kelly Steele.

Steele estimates a cut of about $25,000 from a total budget of

about half a million a year. He says that would probably mean

having to lay off either the city's one police officer or or one of

its two public works employees.

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