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Gershman to step down from city council after 14 years

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After 14 years as Grand Forks City Council President, Hal Gershman will be stepping down this month. In his time on the council, Gershman played a major role in the city's immigration initiative and making Grand Forks the first city in the state to ban discrimination for housing based on sexual orientation.

Gershman was elected to the Grand Forks city council in 2000 and was president from day one. He was a major player in getting the new grand forks airport terminal and being a leader for property tax reduction. He says one of his proudest moments was being appointed to plan President Clinton's visit here in 2012. Interacting with constituents is something Gershman says he is going to miss.

"Not only from my ward but others would call me with an issue and I wouldn't tell them who to call, I would make the call for them and try to get to the bottom of the issues. I always returned every call, and i just felt that was a very big part of the job and also one of the most satisfying parts," said Gershman.

Gershman's term will officially end on June 24. He says it has been an honor to serve the people of Grand Forks, but he's looking forward to traveling with his family and getting more involved with his business, Happy Harry's.