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Published February 26, 2013, 10:08 PM

MSUM covers students' impound costs in latest towing spree

Moorhead, MN (WDAY-TV) Administration at MSUM is offering to foot the bill of towing costs, after 42 students had cars impounded during last Thursday's snow removal parking restrictions.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY-TV) Administration at MSUM is offering to foot the bill of towing costs, after 42 students had cars impounded during last Thursday's snow removal parking restrictions.

At almost 100 bucks each, this offer doesn't come cheap, and has some people questioning if it's necessary. The reimbursement offer comes after a month-full of towing around MSUM's campus during two snow removal declarations. During the first one, 130 cars were impounded. And after that, the university said a warning would be sent out before the next.

David Wahlberg – Executive Director of Marketing and Communications: "We made a promise that we were going to try to communicate in some ways. We put information on our homepage, we used our social media, we've even used our emergency messaging system to put the information out."

The information was out there. WDAY had warnings in newscasts and on its website, they were in the Forum, and on inforum dot com, as well as the city's own website. But last Thursday a tech issue stopped one of the school's communication attempts. a campus-wide email.

Paige Dobmeier – MSUM Sophomore: "The email wasn't sent out, so students don't really know. We have so many parking issues here so it's hard to keep up on that."

MSUM did not cover costs for the 130 cars towed during the city's first snow declaration.

Joel Kromer – MSUM Senior: "I had to wait for pay day because it's $95."

But because of the email glitch, students will not pay anything out of pocket if their vehicle was towed last Thursday.

42 cars, at roughly 95 dollars each, and that’s a cost of nearly 4 thousand dollars for MSUM.

David Wahlberg: "We believe that if people who park on the street need to be responsible for their actions, we as an institution need to be responsible too."

Others say responsibility falls on the students, and other people's tuition and taxes should not be sacrificed.

Joel Kromer: "We're adults, we live on our own now, and we're responsible for knowing the policies of the city we live in."

Paige Dobmeier: "I wish there was a clear out solution where no one had to pay."

Any student who did have a car towed last Thursday can bring a receipt to the business office to get reimbursed.

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