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Published January 28, 2014, 09:25 AM

Moorhead votes to replace The Forum with FM Extra as official newspaper

MOORHEAD – City Council members voted unanimously Monday to make the FM Extra, a weekly, the city’s official newspaper.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

MOORHEAD – City Council members voted unanimously Monday to make the FM Extra, a weekly, the city’s official newspaper.

The Forum has long held that role, but council members Monday welcomed the Extra with open arms.

“This is kind of a point of pride for Moorhead, that our own published newspaper is able to take on this role for us,” Councilwoman Nancy Otto said.

City Attorney John Shockley said only the Extra and The Forum qualify under state law to be Moorhead’s paper of record, which the city uses to publish legal notices.

To qualify, papers must be printed in English, distributed locally with a minimum of 500 copies delivered regularly, and all of its issues must have 25 percent (if published more-than-weekly) or 50 percent (if published weekly) of its news columns dedicated to local news, according to council documents.

Shockley said first ranking is given to a paper whose primary office is within the political subdivision, which in Moorhead means the FM Extra ranks higher than The Forum.

Shockley said the city can reconsider its official city newspaper next year. He said the city can publish notices in other places, but the Extra will be its official paper for the year.

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