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FNS Photo by Eric Hylden The Griggs County Building Authority board met with the new Griggs County commissioners recently in Cooperstown regarding the construction of the new Griggs County Courthouse

Tension in Griggs County: All-new county leaders slash budgets and, some say, create climate of fear

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COOPERSTOWN — Four months after voters replaced all five Griggs County commissioners in a recall election, the replacements have been busy slashing the budget, cutting jobs and trying to implement a controversial construction project that they had opposed.

“We’re doing all we can to make sure taxes don’t increase,” said Commissioner John Wakefield, one of the five who took office in October. “We hope we don’t have to and we won’t, unless we get approval from the taxpayers.”

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers news from northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native, who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for nearly 30 years. 
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