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Grand Forks Public Library to work with county commissioners

At a meeting Tuesday, Grand Forks County commissioners agreed to partner with the City Council on the Grand Forks Public Library Board.

The group will look at the possibility of remodeling the existing public library or building a new one, and library officials expressed the need for collaboration on all sides for the project to be successful. Grand Forks City Council member Bret Weber already represents the city on the Library Board, and the County Commission’s action Tuesday means a county commissioner will also serve on the Library Board.

Commissioner Gary Malm, who described himself as “a supporter of the library for years,” expressed frustration at trying to be a part of past library boards, only to be ignored. After being assured by library officials of the necessity for county representation, Malm’s motion for the commissioners to work with the library committee passed unanimously.

A remodel of the library would cost about $8 million and rebuilding from scratch would cost upwards of $14 million, according to JLG Architects. In October, a task force recommended building a new library rather than renovating the current building on Library Circle, off of South Washington Street.

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.

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