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MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The city of Minot is taking over management of two problem-plagued downtown parking ramps while going after the developer in court to collect about $3.5 million.

The ramps opened in 2016 after years of construction marked by contractor disputes and delays. The original bid was $10.5 million, but the ramps ended up costing nearly double that.

The city states Cypress Development owes outstanding rent, construction-related expenses and loan repayments. The company didn’t immediately respond to the lawsuit.

Mayor Chuck Barney says the lawsuit is unfortunate but is what’s best for the city.

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