ELWYN B. ROBINSON DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA 58202

GRAND FORKS, MAYOR'S OFFICE SCRAPBOOKS

COLLECTION:OGL# 1242

DATES:1976 - 1987

SIZE:12 Linear feet (6 oversize boxes)

INTRODUCTION

ACQUISITION: The City of Grand Forks Mayor's Office Scrapbooks were deposited in the Orin G. Libby Manuscript Collection as a gift of Pat Owens, Administrative Assistant, Grand Forks Mayor's Office, September 4, 1991.

ACCESS: Open for inspection under rules and regulations of the Department of Special Collections.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

On February 22, 1881, Grand Forks was incorporated into a city. Grand Forks chose the Mayor-Council form of city government, which consists of an elected Mayor and Councilmen. The Mayor acts as the presiding officer of the City Council. Under this system, the municipal judge is the only other elected official. All other officials are appointed.

Mayors serve as the chief executive of the city during their four year term. Their powers and duties include:

  1. To preside over meetings of the council. The mayor is a non-voting member unless there is a tie.
  2. To suppress disorder and keep the peace.
  3. To enforce all laws and ordinances.
  4. To sign or veto ordinances passed by the council. The mayor can veto specific items in an appropriation ordinance without killing the entire ordinance.
  5. To make appointments and remove officers.

The Mayor's Office is responsible for four city agencies: Personnel, Legal Service, Planning, and Budget Analyst and Grants. These four agencies direct the other various departments of city government, such as the police and public works.

(Lloyd B. Omdahl. "City Government," in 1985-87 Governing North Dakota and the Constitution of North Dakota. pp. 144-147. Grand Forks: University of North Dakota, 1985.)

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The City of Grand Forks Mayor's Office Scrapbooks consist of eighteen scrapbooks, compiled by Pat Owens, of newspaper articles dating from February 1976 - June 1987. This period of time includes the administrations of Mayor C. P. O'Neill (1972-1980) and H. C. "Bud" Wessman (1980-1988). The articles represent all the different levels of Grand Forks city government. The broad range of topics include: all city elections, city council meetings, city development projects, economic development, environmental issues, police issues, and much more.

Only the topics that have multiple articles have been listed in the inventory.

SCRAPBOOKS

Box 1
February 1976 - April 1977

April 1977 - December 1977

December 1977 - August 1978

Box 2
August 1978 - November 1978

December 1978 - July 1979

July 1979 - March 1980

Box 3
March 1980 - May 1980

May 1980 - October 1980

October 1980 - March 1981

March 1981 - February 1982
(Sept. 1981-Feb. 1982 / Mar. 1981-June 1981)

Box 4
June 1981 - April 1982

April 1982 - June 1983

June 1983 - December 1983

Box 5
December 1983 - April 1984

April 1984 - November 1984

November 1984 - January 1986

Box 6
February 1986 - October 1986

November 1986 - June 1987


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