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Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden led a news conference late last week announcing a public relations campaign about the importance of state aid to cities. To his right is St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Cities begin crusade to save state aid

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - Cities across Minnesota launched a public relations campaign to save state aid they receive, saying proposed budget cuts would cost police, fire and library jobs.

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who wants to reduce those payments, says that cities could save some of those jobs by firing their lobbyists, such as those who organized the Web site.

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