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Published October 18, 2013, 12:03 PM

Grand Forks councilman cleared by city attorney

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The city attorney for Grand Forks has concluded that City Councilman Doug Christenson did not improperly vote on city business in which he had a stake.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The city attorney for Grand Forks has concluded that City Councilman Doug Christenson did not improperly vote on city business in which he had a stake.

Resident Doug Marshall asked for an investigation in May, alleging that Christenson should have abstained from voting on tax incentives or subsidized loans for companies he represents as an attorney or that his firm represents.

Marshall's allegations also are being investigated by the state Supreme Court's disciplinary board.

Christenson tells the Grand Forks Herald that he feels "100 percent exonerated" by the finding of City Attorney Howard Swanson that he did nothing wrong legally or ethically as far as the city is concerned.

Marshall declined comment on Swanson's review, saying the matter was in the hands of the Supreme Court.

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