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Mayor says 14 firefighters were not laid off by the city

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WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke thinks he was misquoted when he spoke at a Capitol news conference last Friday about the effect of local government aid cuts on cities and the retirement of 14 Willmar firefighters.

In a Tribune interview Tuesday afternoon, Heitke said he told reporters that 14 of Willmar's 45 firefighters resigned to take advantage of a payout from their pension fund, but he said the reporters interpreted his statement as a cut.

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