The Grafton City Council has issued permits for a couple of events planned for the coming months. Traditionally the host of one of the more popular fireworks displays in the Riverbend, Mayor Rick Eberlin tells The Big Z that event is moving ahead for the Independence Day Holiday.

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Eberlin says the attitude among most businesses in town is an optimistic one, looking forward to getting through the winter and beginning a new tourist season in the spring.

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