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Bemidji Beat: Effect of LGA cuts? Brainerd council votes to eliminate full-time firefighters

Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann has been touting the benefits of Local Government Aid and discussing how frequent LGA cuts are affecting city services. Lehmann has said, multiple times, that city budgets have been cut to the bone: Further cuts could affect core city services such as police and fire protection. The Brainerd City Council, anticipating a $683,000 cut to LGA, this week voted to lay off all six of its full-time "fire equipment operators," effective May 1. Click here to read the Bemidji Beat blog.