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Published March 13, 2012, 05:56 PM

GF Council Member Kreun Not Running for Re-election

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Another Grand Forks City Council member is calling it quits. After 12 years on council, Curt Kreun says he will not run for re-election.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Another Grand Forks City Council member is calling it quits. After 12 years on council, Curt Kreun says he will not run for re-election.

Kruen is the second council member who recently announced he would not seek re-election. He says the biggest factors that led to his decision were family concerns.

Kreun told people by phone and email on Tuesday that he would not run again for the Grand Forks City Council. He says he wants to free up more time to be in California with his aging parents, one of which has serious health problems.

"I know we would have to take a look at all of those issues over a period of time. And the last few weeks helped me make that decision," Kreun said.

Over the past dozen years while on the council, Kreun spent a lot of time Grand Forks flood project. He also worked on big projects like the new landfill, and a new police and fire training facility, and the 48th street extention of the industrial park.

"He has been very helpful on the Service Safety Committee and just helping us move forward as a community," Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown said.

Kreun's announcement comes just a month after longtime councilman Eliot Glassheim decided not to run again. City council president Hal Gershman says the two will be deeply missed.

"If we can continue to have a council that communicates job growth in our city, quality job growth, and helps businesses get started and expand, I think that's the thing that people who are considering running would look at," Gershman said.

Kreun says he plans to stay active in the community when he has the time and says he decision will open the door for others to have the opportunity to serve on the council.

"Grand Forks is in great shape I have had a lot of great opportunities. And I enjoyed working with the staff. And I will miss the council and the staff," Kreun said.

Kreun plans to continue to serve as a state representative in District 43.

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