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On a recent day at the Carnegie Resource Center, Mitchell Area Historical Society President Lyle Swenson, pictured here, displayed a collection of newspaper clippings about Joe Robbie, who was involved in a 1948 election on Mitchell's form of municipal government.(Laura Wehde/Republic)

City manager debate isn't new; Robbie-led plan was rejected in '48

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The current discussion about altering Mitchell's form of government is nothing new.

A spirited local debate on the concept was held in early 1948, with proponents calling for the hiring of a city manager and the changing of the city's government structure. Rival committees were formed, forums and debates were held and press releases were issued.

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