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City cuts economic development position


Eliminating the economic development specialist position was not an easy decision for Farmington city administrator David McKnight, but it was a necessary one.

On Monday, McKnight gave economic development specialist Tina Hansmeier the news that her position has been eliminated and her last day with the city will be Monday, Feb. 13. The cut was due to a projected $370,000 budget shortfall in 2013.

"I have a budget hole to fill. That is the reason for this, period," he said.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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