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Carol Vlaminck, an employee with the Kandiyohi County License Bureau, left center, assists Elyse Dowdell on Tuesday as Dowdell gets new tags for her vehicle. Kandiyohi County is facing a massive funding shortfall over the next two years and although officials don't yet know what may be cut or eliminated, they are looking at programs and services that are safety-related and those that directly affect the public. The license bureau was one of many programs or services debated Tuesday during a cost-cutting ...

County officials struggling with what to cut


WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County will have to work harder than ever and be more innovative than ever as it wrestles with its share of a $100 million state budget unallotment to Minnesota counties.

But with severe cutbacks in state funding, some county programs and services will not survive, officials said Tuesday.

"Some things are going to go away. We just know that," said Larry Kleindl, Kandiyohi County administrator.

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Anne Polta

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