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Ramsey County, N.D., leaders want to adopt their own constitution

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—It’s an effort to get things done faster, and make better use of your tax dollars.

Leaders in a local county are changing the way they do business.

Ramsey County leaders want to adopt their own constitution.

A committee made up of elected leaders and residents met for the first time earlier this month.

One county commissioner says he came up with the idea after searching for a faster way to get road repairs for a county township—they have about a year to get their plan together, and next fall, voters could decide if they want to adopt the charter.

“Since the 80's when North Dakota state law began allowing for home rule Ramsey County has discussed the possibility twice in the past,” said County Commissioner Lucas Wakefield.

Burleigh County and Cass Counties also have adopted home rule charter.