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Wolden receives CGMC's president's award for service

Mayor Wayne Wolden of Wadena received the President's Award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities July 30 at the Coalition's summer conference in Brainerd. The award marks the culmination of Wolden's tenure as president of the CGMC.

As CGMC president, Wolden became one of greater Minnesota's strongest and most vocal advocates. Faced with looming budget cuts to Local Government Aid -- a program that helps cities provided public services at a fair price to property taxpayers -- Wolden took on the role as lead spokesperson for the Coalition's "Thank LGA" campaign, which required Wolden to lead Capitol press conferences, participate in press events around the state, and sit for statewide radio and television interviews. All the while, Wolden kept cool under pressure and maintained good humor and grace, according to Tim Flaherty, CGMC's executive director.

"CGMC owes much of its success this year to Mayor Wolden," Flaherty noted. "He stuck his neck out for greater Minnesota and challenged those who targeted LGA for disproportionate cuts. His integrity and character is something to be admired."

CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 77 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to greater Minnesota.