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Sauk Rapids Council Gives Official ‘Disapproval’ of Mayor Gunderson

Brad Gunderson, photo by WJON.com’s Jim Maurice

SAUK RAPIDS – The Sauk Rapids City Council has officially declared their disapproval of Mayor Brad Gunderson, relating to his arrest on a suspicion of drunk driving.

At the last city council meeting, the council directed city staff to draft the resolution, which was read at tonight’s (Monday) meeting. It is the extent of what they’re allowed to do under city ordinance. Council member Kurt Hunstiger  went one step further and made a personal statement to Gunderson saying, “I think you need to reassess your decision to continue as mayor”.

The council also broke from parliamentary procedure during the meeting and allowed comments from the audience.  Nine people spoke most making the demand that Gunderson step down as mayor.

Former Mayor Mark Campbell also addressed the council.  His biggest concern are the attacks on the city staff and the city itself. Campbell says “the Sauk Rapids Police Department did nothing wrong.  He says he’s proud of the city administration and staff.  He says the actions of one should not destroy the community.”

Last week the State Patrol released Gunderson’s blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest, which they say was .26.  Gunderson was arrested on Sunday afternoon, February 17th after allegedly crashing his vehicle into some trash cans and a street sign.

The case has now been turned over to the Benton County Attorney’s office.

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