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Forum staff reports, Published January 27 2014

Moorhead votes to replace The Forum with FM Extra as official newspaper

MOORHEAD – City Council members voted unanimously Monday to make the FM Extra the city’s official newspaper.

The Forum has long held that role, but council members Monday welcomed the Extra, a weekly newspaper, with open arms.

“This is kind of a point of pride for Moorhead, that our own published newspaper is able to take on this role for us,” Councilwoman Nancy Otto said.

City Attorney John Shockley said both the FM Extra and The Forum qualify under state law to be Moorhead’s paper of record, which the city uses to publish legal notices.

To qualify, papers must be printed in English, distributed locally with a minimum of 500 copies delivered regularly, and all of its issues must have 25 percent (if published more-than-weekly) or 50 percent (if published weekly) of its news columns dedicated to local news, according to council documents.

Shockley said because the FM Extra is headquartered in Moorhead, it ranks higher according to state law than The Forum, which publishes in Fargo.

Shockley said the city can reconsider its official city newspaper next year. He said the city can publish notices in other places, but the Extra will be its official paper for the year.