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Published August 21, 2012, 03:20 PM

Red Lake Falls Council to Meet, Discuss Resignations

The Red Lake Falls City Council will meet Tuesday to address issues related to last week’s resignations of Mayor Vaughn Thorfinnson and Administrator Allen Ducharme.

By: Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald

The Red Lake Falls City Council will meet Tuesday to address issues related to last week’s resignations of Mayor Vaughn Thorfinnson and Administrator Allen Ducharme.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. to consider the mayor’s resignation and appoint an interim administrator. “There won’t be anything discussed about the resignations themselves,” Vice Mayor Barry Schultz said.

According to the Red Lake Falls Gazette newspaper, the annual audit reported that the administrator and staff were unable to reconcile the checking and savings accounts due to errors. At the August 13th council meeting, Ducharme said he was giving the city his 30-day notice of resignation. The council accepted it.

Then, Thorfinnson offered his resignation but the council didn’t act on it.

Schultz said the council will address the audit results in a meeting on August 27th or September 10th but he otherwise wouldn’t address the matter.

“There is so much speculation and allegations going around,” Schultz said. “It’s nothing real serious, but it’s kind of a mess. There are so many stories going around I don’t want to add fuel to the fire.

“At this point, I just can’t say much.”

Thorfinnson, who has been mayor for 24 years over two stretches, said he will run again for the office again in November. But, he said, he’s resigning from the current term because of actions by council members Neil Knaack, Jason Brumwell and Cheryl Matzke.

“I’m very upset the way they have treated (Ducharme),” Thorfinnson said. “I have no idea what these people are after.”

Efforts to reach Ducharme were unsuccessful.

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