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Time to think outside the city


A few years after Rod Hartman had retired as the 10-year mayor of Coulee Dam in 1996, he tried to impress upon me the absolute necessity of merging the local towns.

I agreed, and always have, that it would probably make sense to do so, even if it would be complicated. But having found too many die-hard old-timers too entrenched in old arguments during the last round of discussions on consolidation, I told him I didn’t think it was time to try it again.

Now it is.

Hartman knew, from decades of working with city budgets and local, region-wide civic needs, that the world had moved beyond the...

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