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Published January 03, 2013, 05:49 PM

Downtown Wahpeton gets a face lift

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- Downtown Wahpeton recently spent millions on its main street known as Dakota Avenue.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- Downtown Wahpeton recently spent millions on its main street known as Dakota Avenue.

And now the city wants to "accessorize" its downtown store-fronts. The Dakota Avenue Appearance Grant program has provided tens of thousands of dollars to downtown businesses that update and rennovated store fronts.

Awnings, brick-work and window replacement have given sections of downtown a new look. And during the recent election, voters approved a 1-percent restaurant tax which will help fund more downtown.

Jane Priebe, Econ. development for Wahpeton, says, "the more attractive you are the more inviting you are the more traffic you generate for your business and they all understand that."

To comply, all businesses must be taxpayers in good standing with the state and city. And the building must be in good condition.

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