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'Bleak' budget outlook adds to worries for local officials

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MOORHEAD -- "Bleak" was the word local officials used Wednesday to describe a new budget forecast from the state of Minnesota that promised more dark days ahead for school, county and city budgets.

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"It does look pretty bad and pretty bleak," said Clay County Administrator Vijay Sethi, reacting to indications the state's budget deficit, now pegged at $1.2 billion, could grow to $5.4 billion in the 2012-13 biennium.

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