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Continued: Small Anoka County city struggles with high costs of thinking big

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 17, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Longtime East Bethel resident Paul Johnson moved his business, Aggressive Hydraulics, from Blaine to the city last summer. Access to city sewer and water has everything to do with the move, he said. He employs 50 full-time skilled workers with an average salary of $50,000.

City administrator Davis said that, for now, East Bethel is working every angle to dig out.

“You sit in the shade today because someone planted a tree 20 years ago,” he said. “We have to be optimistic about this.”

Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804

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