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Shawn Mueske, center, conducts his microbiology class July 14 at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Also pictured are students Sarah Laughlin, left, and Emma Koeberl. The governor's unallotment has forced the college to leave some positions open and a program to be cut, but President Douglas Allen believes drastic budget decisions are not likely to occur this year. College officials, however, are already looking ahead to the 2010-11 and 2011-12 to plan for any future cuts in state funding. Tribune photo by G...

Budget already slashed this year, Ridgewater College might see further cuts in the future


WILLMAR -- State budget problems have already hit Ridgewater College, and the worst could be yet to come.

Reductions of nearly $900,000 were already made for fiscal year 2010, which started on July 1. However, deeper cuts are expected in fiscal years 2011 and 2012. College President Douglas Allen said the school has been able to avoid layoffs so far, and he hopes to avoid that as much as possible.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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