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Published November 26 2012

Longtime leaders of tiny Minnesota town want to retire, but keep getting re-elected

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

Jim Kiefer was mayor of Taopi from 1984 to 2008. Mary Huntley was city clerk from 1976 to 2008. That year, the Post-Bulletin reported, they decided to switch jobs and were both elected in the town of 40 registered voters near the Iowa border.

This year Kiefer and Huntley decided to step down. But no one else signed up, so voters re-elected 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.