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Published February 16, 2012, 10:25 PM

Cass County Secession supporters gather more signatures

Hickson, ND (WDAY TV) - Angry critics are closer to the number of signatures needed to force a public vote on leaving Cass County.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Angry critics are closer to the number of signatures needed to force a public vote on leaving Cass County. Project opponents in rural communities held a third signing in Hickson to gather signatures. They got 31 more of the 300 goal. 248 signatures are needed to put the issue on the June ballot. Petitioners in Pleasant Township want to join Richland County because of changes to legislative districts and Cass County approves the diversion.

Marcus Larson – Petition Organizer: “I don't have any false hopes that this is going to change what the outcome of the diversion is. This is a matter of if this doesn't go through I still want representation and I don't trust Cass County right now.”

That township is about 39 square miles. It borders Richland County. Petitioners are going door to door to get more signatures.

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