Fire department donates $10K to North Branch

By Derrick Knutson—

Ever sat in bar and yanked on a plethora of pull-tabs without coming across a single winner?

Professed gambling gurus who did just that at the Olde Brick Inn in North Branch might be miffed about losing some of their cash, but as a result of their gambling misfortune, the city will be able to utilize those funds. The North Branch Fire Relief Association sponsored the pull-tab gambling at the inn, and raised $10,000 to donate to the city.

North Branch Fire Chief Kevin Grote presented the check to the City Council at its regular meeting Monday night.

(The city) can use that money for public safety items,” Mayor Amy Oehlers said. “You can’t put it in the general fund – the state regulates how we spend that money.”

Also during the meeting, the council named the Post Review as its official legal newspaper and dissolved the Yellow Ribbon Committee.

Council member Theresa Furman said the committee, which she served on with council member Ron Lindquist, hadn’t met in more than a year, so the council decided to delete that committee from the list of those assigned to council members.

Furman mentioned veterans in North Branch will still have a strong network of support through Yellow Ribbon, because the city’s volunteer fire department organizes activities.

“We’re still doing stuff, it’s just that now, at this point, the City Council is not involved,” she said.

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