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Shakopee mayor's sound-off on snowplows 'wasn't my most stellar tweet to say the least'

The mayor let his social media followers know he would look into why the plows hadn't cleared all of the city's streets, despite a rule on the books that says the city won't send out plows for less than 2 inches of snow. "It was a new-mayor kind of thing," Mayor Brad Tabke told Fox 9.
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