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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman speaks during a Thursday news conference at Bemidji City Hall. From left are Bemidji City Councilors Ron Johnson and Jerry Downs, Mayor Richard Lehmann and Coleman. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

City mayors: State aid needed to provide core services

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Further state aid cuts to cities "would be devastating, to the city of St. Paul -- they'd be devastating to cities across Minnesota," St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said Thursday.

Coleman, Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann and Albert Lea Mayor Mike Murtaugh held a news conference at Bemidji City Hall -- one of many this week across Minnesota -- to say that Local Government Aid has been cut enough, that city services are affected and higher property taxes the result.

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