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J.D. Burton, left, an attorney with the law firm of Flaherty & Hood, spoke to members of the Detroit Lakes City Council Monday on the LGA issue. (Brian Basham/DL Newspaper)

Thanks to Pawlenty, Detroit Lakes wins the battle, but loses the LGA war

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The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities nearly doubled the amount of money it spent lobbying the Legislature last year -- from about $600,000 to about $1 million.

It was a bold gamble, and paid off handsomely in preserving Local Government Aid to cities -- or would have, if not for Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his unilateral "unallotment" cuts.

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