- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot residents have voted to give themselves the authority to change the makeup of the City Council.

The Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1RFwPwj ) reports voters approved changing the city’s home rule charter in a special election Tuesday. One approved measure includes language to give the city power to change its structure of government, while another outlines how to change the form of government.

Changes could be proposed by the City Council or by petition, and a simple majority would be needed in an election to make a change.

A citizens group urging residents to approve the measures submitted petitions in October to reduce the council’s size from 14 members elected from wards to five members elected at large. But the home rule charter didn’t include a procedure for changing the council’s structure.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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