Minnesota town leaders don't want the jobs, re-elected

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The Rochester Post Bulletin has the story of siblings Jim Kiefer and Mary Huntley, leaders in the small southeastern Minnesota town of Taopi, near the Iowa border. Kiefer was mayor from 1984 to 2008. Huntley was city clerk from 1976 to 2008. Four years ago, they wanted to switch jobs, and voters – there are 40 in registered in town – approved that, the newspaper reports.

But this year they both wanted out of the jobs, so they didn't run, the Post Bulletin says. But neither did anyone else – and with the ballot blank, voters wrote in both Kiefer and Huntley, and they were overwhelmingly re-elected. So the two grudgingly continue in the low-paying positions.

Mower County auditor-treasurer Doug Groh said he'd never seen anything quite like it. "We have had a number of write-ins for different positions, but we've never had one where the entire leadership is all write-ins," he told the newspaper.

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