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Morden becomes Manitoba's newest city

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WHEN you see friends from Morden, ask them how it feels to be from a big city.

The city of Morden... let it roll around your tongue for a bit.

"It'll take some getting used to," City of Morden Mayor Ken Wiebe said Sunday night.

The province informed Morden some time ago it had granted the former town's request for city status effective this past Friday morning, Wiebe said.

"We've known about that date for some time -- we kept it under wraps," he said.

Morden council voted earlier this year to request city status, which currently requires a population of at least 7,500.

The last census reported a population of 7,812.

The latest count is 8,100-plus, Wiebe said.

He announced Morden's new status to 3,000 people gathered Friday night for a Kim Mitchell concert at the Morden Corn and Apple Festival.

The response?

"I didn't hear anyone boo," said Wiebe, though a canvass of residents last year showed less than half the respondents favoured becoming a city.

It will cost about $2,000 to implement the change, said Wiebe.

Becoming a city doesn't mean more in per capita grants, he said, but there's a big gain in prestige.

"It's a perception of success and moving forward. That lets the whole province know that this is a community that's developing," Wiebe said.

Morden is Manitoba's 10th city.Online sources list nine previous Manitoba cities: Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Thompson, Winkler, Selkirk, Dauphin, and Flin Flon.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 27, 2012 A4

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