Tu-Uyen Tran, Forum News Service
FARGO — Four months after North Dakota lawmakers failed to repeal the state's blue law, a proposed initiated measure asking voters to do so has been filed with the Secretary of State's Office. Brandon Medenwald, a Fargo entrepreneur who chairs the petition committee, said the measure he submitted Tuesday, July 18, is nearly identical to legislation lawmakers considered that would have ended restrictions on most businesses opening before noon on Sundays.
FARGO — City leaders have agreed to take a fresh look at the city's ban on fireworks, weighing the popularity of the fiery Fourth of July displays against warnings by the fire chief that there would be more house fires if the ban is lifted. The City Commission voted 4-1 Monday, July 17, to study the matter at the urging of David Reuter, who represents Memory Fireworks.
FARGO — Fifty tons of recyclable material from homes all over Fargo and Moorhead have been coming to Minnkota Recycling's facility near downtown each day the last couple of weeks. That's a threefold increase from before, when the two cities required recyclables to be sorted by glass, metal, plastic, mixed paper and cardboard, according to Sales Manager Mary Aldrich.
MOORHEAD — City and Clay County leaders are seeking Gov. Mark Dayton's help to reopen lines of communication between the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority and state regulators. "It seems like now, more than ever, is the time we need you, (Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr), and the state of Minnesota to be present and active in these communications," said a Monday, July 10, letter to Dayton signed by Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams on behalf of herself and the City Council.
FARGO — In the near future, North Dakota businesses and government agencies victimized by computer viruses and other cybersecurity threats may be able to turn to the National Guard, according to the state's adjutant general.
FARGO — City commissioners voted to end one of the city's longest-running tax incentives on Monday, July 3, 37 years after the project began. City Planner Jim Gilmour told commissioners the bonds issued for construction of the Island Park parking ramp have been fully paid and property taxes directed toward the project must by law now be redirected to the general funds of local governments.
FARGO — The City Commission here approved a transfer of a liquor license from the Nestor, one of the city's oldest bars, to Tailgators Sports Cafe Monday, July 3. Commissioners had few comments other than for Tony Gehrig, who noted the AB license being transferred is the most sought-after among businesses. The city charges $150,000 for an initial fee but, he said, the market rate is likely higher.
FARGO — Citing work stress as a reason, a key figure in this city's flood-control efforts has resigned. City Engineer April Walker's last day will be Friday, June 30, a little more than a week after she sent city leaders a resignation letter.
FARGO — Three finalists for the job of Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Authority executive director were approved by the organization's board at its meeting Thursday, June 22. They are Scott Higbee, Jay Neider and Melodee Loyer.
FARGO — The Nestor, one of the oldest surviving bars in town, is expected to shut down by the end of the year, according to a city official. City Auditor Steve Sprague told the Liquor Control Board on Wednesday, June 21, that owner Doug DeMinck is selling his liquor license to Tailgator's Sports Cafe effective at the end of December. That's when DeMinck's lease ends and he will close the bar, Sprague said.