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New city administrator chosen in Vadnais Heights

Kevin Watson of Junction City, Ore., has been selected to be Vadnais Heights city administrator.

He'll replace Gerry Urban,  who worked for the city for 45 years, and held the top job for 35 years.

The Pioneer Press had a long weekend piece on Urban, who has been the public face of Vadnais Heights for decades. He was a strong supporter, though, of the Sports Center deal that went awry last year.

Vadnais officials say Watson has agreed to an offer and will start work March 4. Before taking the Junction City job, Watson was assistant to the city manager in Keizer Ore., and industrial redevelopment manager in Dallas, Ore., before that.

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