Residents of Carlton and Thomson voted Tuesday to merge the two northern Minnesota towns into one community, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
Combined, towns will be known as Carlton going forward.
The current city councils of both Carlton and Thomson will merge and an election will be held for a new mayor, says Carlton’s city clerk and treasurer.
Northland’s News Center says proponents favored the idea of a merger in an effort to decrease the overall costs of utility and public services.
Opponents of the merger in Thomson feared the town would lose its identity and be under-represented because it was the smaller of the two towns.
The residents of the towns are very familiar with one other.
Carlton officials also provided resources and staffing to all of the flood victims, the Forum says.