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Proposed Law Would Track Fargo Businesses Overserving Alcohol

"Place of Last Drink" would have officers ask people at the point of arrest where they last drank

FARGO, N.D. — City leaders are looking at tracking businesses that overserve alcohol. A proposal called place of last drink, or POLD, would have officers ask people at the point of arrest where they had their last drink. “Occasionally they do get somebody that does lie about where they had their last drink, again you’re looking at a big pattern…

West Fargo Raises Monthly Residential Garbage Pick-Up Rate

The new rate of $17.50 comes after city's sanitation department operated on a deficit

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Five years ago, the West Fargo City Commission raised the residential garbage pickup fee to $13 per month. But as more people moved to West Fargo, the new rate could not help the city’s sanitation department make ends meet. “Our sanitation rates have not been carrying our entire costs of our department to operate it. Being a…

Local Group Leads Charge to Change the Way People Vote on Election Day

Approval voting is a system where there's no limit on the number of candidates a voter can vote for

FARGO, N.D. — Jed Limke has lived in Fargo for the last ten years, and he says the current election system in the city is too constricting for voters. “Good ideas become the victim of their own popularity. Lots of people will run on them, then the base for those good ideas gets split, and they lose because of it, and…

Get Ready To Pay More In Property Taxes In Both Fargo And Moorhead

Property Tax Increases Are Expected To Be Between 3% and 6%

FARGO, N.D. — People living in Fargo and Moorhead will be paying more in property taxes in 2019. Fargo city commissioners last night approved the 2019 budget. There’s a 1.9 percent increase in the general fund for a total of $98.5 million. There is no cut in the property tax rate, which will remain at 51 mills. Property tax collections will…

City Commission Votes to Demolish South Fargo House Deemed Too Dangerous to Live In

Neighbors say the house been an issue for years

FARGO, N.D. — One house in South Fargo will be no more after being deemed too dangerous to live in. On Monday night, the Fargo City Commission took action and voted to have the house demolished by the end of the month. “It’s gone through a continuing decline and deterioration. There have been no utilities over 10 years, load bearing walls…

Fargo City Commission Discusses Preliminary Budget

Some of the highlights include flood protection and code enforcement

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo City Commission met to go over the mayor’s preliminary budget for next year. Some of the highlights of the budget include permanent flood protection, a new water treatment plant, and code enforcement in neighborhoods. Many firefighters filled the room at today’s meeting. They were asking for a raise so their salaries would better compare with those…

Mayor Mahoney Shows City Commission 2019 Budget Proposal

It's more than a $2 million increase

FARGO, N.D. — Mayor Tim Mahoney’s preliminary 2019 budget for the city of Fargo includes an increase in spending. The budget is two percent higher than this year’s budget, or a little over $2 million more. Mahoney’s proposal includes money to battle the opioid crisis, the Red River Valley Water Supply Project and the police department’s lease of Border States Electric…

Diversion Would Increase River Stage to 37 Feet Under New Plan

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo’s City Commission gets an update from the city’s engineering team about a new diversion plan. The presentation was not up for consideration. Engineers wanted the commission to be aware of the project they have been working on. They say the city may need to purchase additional land for it and most likely buy out more homes. “The…

Local Businesses Support New Downtown Fargo Drinking Ordinance

Business owners think that the ordinance encourages people to check out downtown establishments during events

FARGO, N.D. — With many events like the Street Fair and Corks and Canvas set to take place in the next few months, several members of the Downtown Community Partnership feel the new ordinance for drinking at downtown events will bring more people through their doors. Hundreds of thousands of people venture to Downtown Fargo each summer to take part in…

Fargo City Commission Approves Drinking at Downtown Events

FARGO, N.D. – City Commissioners approve a new license to allow drinking at public events in Downtown Fargo. The law makes a new liquor license only available to the Downtown Community Partnership for their events. Under the measure, alcohol can only be served in clearly identifiable cups provided by the partnership, people can only have drinks in a clearly marked…