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Talking Points: Area governments have no choice but to work together

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There were a not a lot of upbeat tones in the voices of the people gathered at the Prairie Inn in Morris on Thursday night.

They were about 20 county, city, township, university and school district officials, and what they were discussing wasn't the best pieces of news to ever hit the community: A flagging population base, ever-dwindling resources, a sluggish economy, and a warning that while things might not get any worse, they won't likely be getting better soon.

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