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Published June 26, 2012, 10:37 PM

GF Council Welcomes New Members, Says Goodbye to Others

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - On Tuesday, the city of Grand Forks said goodbye to two City Council members who together served almost 50 years. Eliot Glassheim and Curt Kreun hung up their city leader hats as two new members took their seats.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - On Tuesday, the city of Grand Forks said goodbye to two City Council members who together served almost 50 years. Eliot Glassheim and Curt Kreun hung up their city leader hats as two new members took their seats.

Mayor Michael Brown put it best when he said council members Bret Weber and Ken Vein have big shoes to fill.

Both Glassheim and Kreun stepped down Tuesday evening after not seeking another term. They say the goodbye was bittersweet.

"The city is in good hands, thanks for everything," Glassheim said.

Glassheim fought back tears as he said his farewell after 30 years on the council.

"More than any particular project, I'm proud of my effort to make rational decisions based not on what I personally liked or didn't like but on facts and the long term interest of the city as a whole," Glassheim said.

"They've been very good guides for us," Brown said.

Glassheim says serving the city was a pleasure. He's left Ward 3, which he calls, the heart of the city, in good hands with new council member Bret Weber.

"I think he'll do a fine job, he and I won't always agree but we agree on enough and I think he's got good character and a deep commitment," Glassheim said.

"It's humbling, it's scary. Just hoping to step up and meet the challenge of filling those shoes," Weber said.

On the other hand, Curt Kreun leaves behind 12 years on the council, but more so what he calls the strongest board this city has ever seen.

"I do believe we're in as good as shape as we've been in for many many years, probably ever," Kreun said.

"A lot of opportunity ahead and I really look forward to helping that happen," new council member Ken Vein said.

Both Glassheim and Kreun were honored at the meeting Tuesday. In their departure, mayor Brown says he looks forward to a fresh perspective.

"New eyes, I think it's important to see things through new eyes and different roles and I think it'll be important to see how we work together," Brown said.

This isn't the last you'll see of Glassheim and Kreun.

Glassheim is running for reelection as a state representative in District 18, a seat he's held for almost 20 years.

Kreun has two more years to serve as a representative of District 43.

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