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US Army Corps closes Grand Forks office

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has closed its Grand Forks office after more than 15 years.

The St. Paul District decided to close the office after completing a more than $450 million flood control project for Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, Minn., in 2007. The corps moved the district's Western Area Office from Grand Forks to Fargo in 2012.

District construction chief Jim Peak says the office served its purpose extremely well but now lacks sufficient projects to finance its long-term viability. He says the office space lease was expiring this year and the corps was already facing relocation.

The district will continue overseeing its western area work out of its office in Fargo.