2021

A look back at issues Fargo faced in 2021 with Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The pandemic, permanent flood protection and filling hundreds of open jobs. There have been a lot of difficult issues Fargo has faced this year. Austin Erickson spoke with Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney to see how the city fared amidst the obstacles. “The biggest thing that’s really happened for Fargo is F-M Diversion is now going through. So,…

Deaths of Moorhead family members, mosque vandalism among top stories in 2021

FARGO (KVRR) – The tragic account of 7 members of an immigrant family from Honduras who died in a Moorhead home in December was the most-viewed news story of 2021 on KVRR.com Relatives discovered the victims Dec. 18 when they went to check after not hearing from them.  The were identified as 37-year-old Belin Hernandez, 34-year-old Marleny Pinto, 16-year-old Breylin Hernandez,…

Early enrollment is down at NDSU, MSUM

FARGO (KVRR) – First day enrollment at North Dakota State University is down from last year. Around 12,400 students were enrolled as classes began Monday. That is down around three hundred from 2020.  The first year class and the number of students transferring to NDSU are both up 8%. Minnesota State University Moorhead is also seeing a drop in students.  The total count for…

WE Fest making upgrades for 2021

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR/KDLM) – Organizers of WE Fest in Detroit Lakes are making upgrades to the facility ahead of the festival in August. The event, owned by Live Nation announced that the general admission area will be larger and 200 feet closer to the main stage, which is being upgraded to improve sightlines. The Saloon will be open to…

North Dakota session marked by record budget, pandemic

BISMARCK, N.D. – The 2021 North Dakota Legislature has reached the end of a session marked by a record-high state budget, the first-ever expulsion of a lawmaker and pandemic protocols that greatly dampened public participation at the state Capitol. The Legislature adjourned early Friday morning. It met for 76 days and just short of the 80-day maximum set by the…

Fargo Mayor says 2020 was a difficult year & he’s optimistic about 2021

He also talked about the urgency to discuss race relations in the metro.

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney says that through unprecedented times, the city continues to shine and lead by example. Metro mayors held the annual State of the Cities. Mahoney says some of the highlights include how thousands of volunteers came together last march to produce more than 230,000 sandbags when there was a possibility of flooding. He…

Essentia Health welcomes first baby of 2021

FARGO, N.D. — Essentia Health welcomed the first baby born in Fargo in 2021 at 8:20 a.m. on January 1, 2021. Yair Patricio Castillo entered the world with a full head of dark hair, weighing eight pounds two ounces and was 21 ½ inches long. Yair’s parents are Juanita Reyes and Pascual Castillo Jr. of Ada, Minnesota. He joins siblings…

West Fargo fared better than anticipated in 2020, Comm. President Dardis says

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo is known as “a city on the grow” for good reason: the community has more than doubled since 2000. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, West Fargo collected $924,738 more in sales tax in 2020 than it did in 2019. Commission President Bernie Dardis says that, along with conservative budgeting, in part has helped the city…

Mayor Tim Mahoney says Fargo is coming out of 2020 strong

FARGO (KVRR) – Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic and civil unrest, Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney says Fargo is coming out of 2020 strong. When he reflects on the past year as Mayor, Mahoney recalls Fargo’s accomplishments first. “I would say part of the strength of our community is the good balance. You have academics, you have medical,…

Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd reflects on 2020, looks ahead to 2021

“I’m very optimistic," he says

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Leaders across the FM metro have been faced with extraordinary challenges this year. Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd says he will remember 2020 as a year filled with resilience. “I’m a person that likes to see the light and the positivity in spite of the challenges, so that’s what I think I’m going to look back at 2020…