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North St. Paul Council Member Scott Thorsen Quits After Argument With Mayor

It's over

It's over

North St. Paul City Council Member Scott Thorsen can forgive, but he can't forget.

At yesterday's city council meeting Mayor Mike Kuehn apologized to Thorsen for challenging him to a fight earlier this month, but that wasn't good enough for Thorsen.

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"The threat of violence is something that should be taken seriously. ... Although I am willing to forgive, I can never forget the mayor's hostile actions against me," Thorsen said, according to the Pioneer Press.

On March 3 Thorsen and Kuehn got into an argument over the city's liquor laws, which culminated in Kuehn asking Thorsen if "he wanted to take it outside." The two actually left council chambers before being separated by the city manager and city attorney, but returned to finish the meeting.

Since then, Thorsen filed a police report and restraining order against Kuehn, and called for the mayor to resign. Kuehn didn't quit, instead opting to try to patch things up with a sincere public apology.

"I am extremely embarrassed by my actions. I want to sincerely and humbly apology to council member Thorsen," Kuehn said yesterday during the council meeting.

Thorsen's resignation was met with shocked silence, and the rest of the meeting was a somber affair. More from the Pioneer Press:

After the resignation and the apologies, the mood of the meeting was muted. Many residents who signed up to speak about the issue instead declined when their turn was called.

The first resident stood, a little perplexed, stating, "I'm not really sure what went on. I'm just worried about my water problem."

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