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Photo by Don Davis/Minnesota Capitol Bureau Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday decided not to reduce city and county aid checks due later this month. Here, he says last week that he may cut those checks to help balance the state budget.

Gov. Pawlenty avoids storm, keeps local aid in place

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News that Minnesota cities and counties will receive full state aid checks later this month appropriately came on a day when many were sending out snowplows and all were dealing with bitter cold weather as the season's first major storm whipped through the state.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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