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Walhalla City Council fires city's longtime economic development director

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Updated at 3:32 PM

Kathy Stremick, longtime economic development director in Walhalla, N.D., has been fired.

The Walhalla City Council voted last week to terminate Stremick’s employment and to turn over all documentation to the Pembina County state’s attorney’s office, according to minutes of the meeting.

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The firing resulted from an investigation into more than $4,200 in lodging and mileage expense reimbursements between November 2007 and April 2014, according to City Attorney Larry Dubois.

He said records indicate that lodging and mileage expenses may have been paid both by the state and the city.

“I can’t say if it’s a crime,” he said. “It was the City Council’s decision to refer the matter to the state’s attorney’s office.”

Stremick had been suspended without pay on July 29 at a special City Council meeting.

Pembina County State’s Attorney Stephenie Davis said today she could not comment on the case.

Calls by the Herald to Stremick’s residence went unanswered today.

Stremick, who lives in Walhalla, had been the city’s economic development director for more than 25 years.

In 2008, she ran unsuccessfully for a state District 10 House of Representatives seat, losing by 21 votes to Republican Chuck Damschen, Hampden, N.D.

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, 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 more than 30 years. Find his articles at: www.grandforksherald.com. He welcomes story ideas via email or phone. 
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