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Published March 01, 2013, 10:00 AM

Community Urges City Leaders to Take Action on Alcohol Abuse

Community members want Grand Forks to take action on what some people are calling a major issue -- alcohol consumption. City leaders, law enforcement, bar owners and abuse counselors weighed in on steps the city needs to take to 'meet in the middle'.

Community members want Grand Forks to take action on what some people are calling a major issue -- alcohol consumption. City leaders, law enforcement, bar owners and abuse counselors weighed in on steps the city needs to take to 'meet in the middle'.

City leaders say there are reasonable issues the city can fix without becoming too up tight, but cutting down on over-serving and raising alcohol tax are out of the question. Committee Chairman Terry Bjerke says enforcing an ordinance would be next to impossible. And limiting drink specials is up there too. Many think the problem lies within the younger population.

Breanna Crawford, UND Teaching Assistant, "North Dakota has a pretty serious issue with this problem in particular and we have got to get on top of that."

Hal Gershman, City Council President and owner of Happy Harry's recused himself from much of the conversation but added people need to meet in the middle. Gershman, "I think there's a balance we need to find without Grand Forks becoming up tight."

At the next meeting the committee will take a look at possible ordinances for house parties.

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