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Published December 20, 2011, 06:57 PM

Cities in ND Saving Money on Snow Removal

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A lack of snow in the Dakotas is likely to make for a brown Christmas, but it also is saving cities a lot of money on snow removal.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A lack of snow in the Dakotas is likely to make for a brown Christmas, but it also is saving cities a lot of money on snow removal.

In the eastern North Dakota city of Grand Forks, only 1.5 inches of snow has fallen so far. Normally, the city would have seen about 13 inches. Streets Superintendent Mark Aubol tells the Grand Forks Herald that last December, his department spent $30,000 on snow removal-related fuel and overtime.

South Dakota's largest city is set to take money appropriated for snow removal this month and return it to the general fund. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether tells the Argus Leader that the lack of snow is "incredible." He says, "It's a wonderful thing when you're the mayor."

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