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Longtime leaders of tiny Minnesota town of Taopi can't retire

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

TAOPI, Minn. (AP) — A sister and brother will continue to run the tiny southern Minnesota town of Taopi (tay-OH'-pee) even though they didn't much want the jobs anymore.

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Jim Kiefer was mayor of Taopi from 1984 to 2008. Mary Huntley was city clerk from 1976 to 2008. That year, the Post-Bulletin reports they decided to switch jobs and were both elected in the town of 40 registered voters near the Iowa border (http://bit.ly/XV2h1g ).

This year Kiefer and Huntley decided to step down. But no one else signed up, so voters reelected both by write-in. Newcomer Eric Boe was also elected to the city council by write-in votes.

The mayor and council earn $25 per quarterly meeting. The clerk earns a $100 annual salary, though in 2013 that's getting bumped to a whopping $600.

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Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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