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The costly dispute centered in City Hall, includes a combination of personality conflicts, threats of job loss, anger about increasing city taxes and utility fees, questions about how city employees, left, joined a labor union without the knowledge of the full City Council and a general mistrust between elected officials, employees and citizens. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Lawsuit displays rift among Grove City, Minn., council, employees and residents


GROVE CITY -- A civil lawsuit that questioned the legality of Grove City municipal employees joining a labor union has pitted residents, elected officials and staff against each other -- costing the small Meeker County community dearly.

After spending thousands of dollars in legal fees, the city and the citizens' group that sued reached a settlement last fall.

But the financial and emotional costs continue to mount and threaten to rip the small town apart at the seams.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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