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Questions Linger Over Teamsters Investigation

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We reported last night that the men under investigation are Teamsters president Brad Slawson, Jr. and his farther, secretary treasurer Brad Slawson of the Blaine, MN, branch.

Both men have ties to the offices and hall here in Fargo, a key reason why the Teamsters hall may never open again.

As an investigation into the mishandling of funds by two board members in Blaine, Minnesota, has officials taking a look at the money that flowed through the local 120 in Fargo.

Officials shut down both the office and the hall on Tuesday and reopened the office today under new trusteeship. As for the hall, spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Bret Campbell says, "It's very unique. [The] only operation of kind in [the entire] Teamsters union. We're not comfortable in continuing the operations."

Campbell also says that members funds were not misused, so far as he knows, and "if it comes out they were, it's something very concerning... not acceptable. If [the allegation] turns out to be true, we'll work to recover funds from individuals who misappropriated it."

For now, the Slawsons have been put on a leave of absence. They will have a hearing within 30 days to determine if they will be removed from office.

The organization also says that, despite recent events, any events scheduled at the hall will still be honored, and Campbell says he hopes the Teamsters can continue to raise funds for various charities in Fargo.


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