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Pine River City Council adopts three-year police contract on split vote


On a 3-2 split vote, the Pine River City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 11, voted to approve the 2012 and 2013-15 contracts with its police union.

Council members Ron Derksen and Tamara Hansen voted in opposition.

City Attorney Ted Lundrigan presented the contract proposals to the council. This is the first time the city has negotiated and approved a three-year police union contract.

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Jodie Tweed
Jodie Tweed has been a staff writer at the Brainerd Dispatch since May 1997, primarily covering education and writing human interest stories. She also took over as HealthWatch editor in the spring of 2010. A graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bemidji State University and her master’s degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University. She previously worked as news director at KLKS Radio in Breezy Point and was a media consultant at a Twin Cities public relations firm. She also worked as a staff assistant for the former “Nashville Now” television show on The Nashville Network while attending college in Nashville. She and her husband, Nels, have three daughters, Erika, 17, Madeline, 2, and Beatrice, who was born in April 2011.