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Associated Press, Published September 17 2010

Medora mayor proposes smoking ban

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Medora Mayor Doug Ellison has drafted a proposal to ban smoking in the city's bars and on its public sidewalks and streets.

The City Council is to take up the issue at its Oct. 5 meeting. If the matter moves forward, a final decision would come in November.

Ellison says his proposal would help protect the health of the thousands of people who visit the tourist town every year. He also says keeping streets clear of cigarette butts would present a better image.

Bar owner Olie Golberg says the plan would hurt businesses.

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