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License clerk Lois Engelby shows off one of the state's new digital license plates Monday at the Kandiyohi County office building in Willmar. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Licensing offices find themselves in red zone due to cuts


WILLMAR -- Every year, the offices that process driver's licenses, vehicle tabs, title transfers and boat licenses send about $1 billion to the state in the form of fee-generated revenue.

Yet those offices -- some run as a private enterprise -- are struggling to operate in the black. With a new round of cuts to city and county governments, which also operate many licensing offices, there's concern some offices may close.

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