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Editorial: Thank you for your service

On Monday, the city of Rosemount swore in two new city council members.

These new elected officials will face a steep learning curve in the early days of their terms. There is no shortage of big issues to deal with when you're running a city.

The decisions the council will make will not always be popular. When you represent an entire city there are too many points of view for any decision to make everyone happy.

Candidates who were elected promising change will upset residents who like things the way they are. Anyone looking to maintain the status quo will anger residents who believe things are moving the wrong way.

Nobody knows this better than the people these newcomers are replacing. For the length of their terms on the council, Phil Sterner and Mike Baxter tried to balance the needs of the people they serve with the realities of funding and laws and all of the other considerations that go into making a government run.

It's difficult and usually thankless work. And whether or not you agree with the decisions they've made they deserve thanks for having done it.

So, Mike and Phil, thank you for the work you put into keeping the city.

We haven't always agreed with the decisions you've made and you haven't always agreed with the way we covered those decisions. But we respect the time and effort you put into serving your community.

We look forward to seeing your successors do the same.