With Claims of “Bullying” – Thief River Falls Third Ward Councilman Josh Hagen Stepped Down Last Night From His Position on the City Council


He walked away from City Hall and from the constituents he took an oath to represent.

Third Ward Alderman, Josh Hagen, “stepped down” last night from the Thief River Falls City Council. The action follows what has been described as “fisticuffs” during a committee meeting one week ago.

Speaking during the Public Forum portion of last night’s City Council Meeting, Third Ward Alderman Josh Hagen, blasted Mayor Brian Holmer claiming the Mayor failed to control the tone of city council meetings and for what Hagen called “bullying behavior” on social media. Hagen says the stress of the situation led to panic attacks that kept him from attending City Council and Committee Meetings and he apologized to “the people of Thief River Falls” for his part in “any arguing over the years” saying he “could have done better,” but when it came to personal attacks, Hagen offered no apology.

With that Hagen left Council Chambers, his resignation ironically accepted later in the evening on a motion offered by Alderman Jerald Brown, the councilman and committee chair involved in the altercation last week.

As far as the issues behind last week’s “City Hall Brawl,” the council last night approved a grant application to the Red Lake River Joint Powers Board that could fund a Splash Pad at Bill LaFave Park to the tune of more than $220,000 dollars. That would leave local fund raising at just over $72,000 for the $297,000 project.

You’ll find the Public Forum Portion of last night’s council meeting and Key’s interview with the Mayor posted to our TRF Radio Facebook Page.

As far as the altercation at last week’s committee meeting; there was nothing new Tuesday from the Pennington County Attorney’s Office, as the investigation continues into allegations of assault and the question of whether evidence warrants charges in the case.


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