Closing of men's shelter in Bismarck followed financial woes

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Records show that the closure of the only men's homeless shelter in Bismarck followed financial management problems at Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the problems included a debt of more than $200,000 in back taxes, wage claims from employees and a loss of funding sources.

Board President Rae Ann Kelsch says the shelter was losing the nonprofit organization more than $125,000 annually.

Former Ruth Meiers Hospitality House Executive Director Jaclyn Hall submitted a letter of resignation in April. Kelsch said it included requests that the board decided it could not meet, and Hall was relieved of her duties.

Kelsch calls it a mutual decision. Hall declined comment.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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