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HOW ONE COMMUNITY FEELS ABOUT THE COMING CUTBACKS: FARGO'S CITIZENS ADOPT A CAN-DO ATTITUDE BUT WORRY ABOUT THE POOREST AMONG THEM

When the taxpayers of Cass County, North Dakota, learned that Washington was ready to spend $46 million on a new federal courthouse in downtown Fargo, they did something most politicians in Washington couldn't have imagined: the citizens tried to give the money back. Agitated by stories in the local newspaper, they sent angry letters to the federal judge overseeing the project, who then helped shrink the plan to $36 million. The state's two Democratic Senators joined the opposition and urged architects to design something that would cost no more than $23 million. Then planners scrapped the idea of a new building...

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