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Minnesota cities are cutting back on library services

Financially squeezed cities generally try to avoid cutting back on public safety. That means many turn to libraries, where shorter hours, fewer staff, and smaller acquisitions budgets are becoming common.
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Financially squeezed cities generally try to avoid cutting back on public safety. That means many turn to libraries, where shorter hours, fewer staff, and smaller acquisitions budgets are becoming common.

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