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Mayor who helped rebuild East Grand Forks after 1997 flood retires

EAST GRAND FORKS - The city of East Grand Forks hosted an event Tuesday afternoon to honor outgoing Mayor Lynn Stauss and City Council member Craig Buckalew, who both are retiring from city government.

Stauss served as mayor for 21 years and helped the city through the devastating Flood of 1997 and the city’s rebuilding efforts.

Steve Gander will replace Stauss, who announced in July he would not seek re-election due to health reasons.

Buckalew, who serves the city’s Third Ward, has sat on the council since 2006 and was council president from 2011 to 2014. Tim Riopelle, who ran for the seat unopposed, will take over.

Both Buckalew and Stauss attended their final City Council meeting Tuesday evening, where they were given plaques to commemorate their service.

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