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Covid testing demand & positivity rates drop at Moorhead testing site

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – There’s fewer people getting tested for Covid-19 at the former Thomas Edison Elementary School in Moorhead. Thankfully, the amount of people testing positive is declining. The organization’s Public Health Administrator briefed the Dilworth City Council on everything coronavirus in the county. More than 105,000 coronavirus tests have been taken at the former Edison Elementary, but the…

City says Dilworth Police Chief’s tweets don’t violate its social media policy

DILWORTH, Minn. (KVRR) – We have a follow-up to our story from December on the Twitter account of Dilworth Police Chief Ty Sharpe. Dilworth Vice Mayor Julie Nash says tweets sent from the @LordTySharpe Twitter account were reviewed by the city. She says the tweets were sent by Sharpe’s personal account while he was off-duty and they do not violate…

Grand Forks City Council debates proposed hate crime ordinance

Grand Forks looks to join Fargo as the only cities with hate crime ordinences

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – City Council members in Grand Forks issue a first draft of hate crime ordinances similar to Fargo’s which passed last June. Grand Forks City Council is reviewing proposed hate crime ordinances related to assault, harassment, criminal mischief and terrorizing. Council Member Katie Dachtler and Grand Forks Police Officer Brian Samson drafted the first four ordinances…

Moorhead City Council votes down mask requirement

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Moorhead city leaders reject a mask requirement for indoor public places similar to one in Rochester by a vote of three to five. Councilmember Shelly Dahlquist made the motion after the council passed a resolution urging people to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Shelly Carlson said she was against a mask mandate…

Moorhead Agrees To Pay Retainer Fee For Possible Mosquito Aerial Spraying

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Moorhead’s City Council has decided to put the company that does aerial spraying for mosquitoes on retainer. The fee to secure Airborne Custom Spraying of Halstad, Minnesota is $12,000. That money would count toward the spraying cost which runs around $28,000 per application if the city council decided to go ahead and spray later in the summer….

Moorhead City Council Member Shelly Carlson appointed mayor

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – After Mayor Johnathan Judd resigned after accepting a 7th Judicial District judgeship, the Moorhead City Council unanimously elected Council Member Shelly Carlson mayor at a council meeting Monday. The city says citizens will vote on a new mayor in November of 2022. The city will appoint someone from Moorhead’s second ward to serve as a council…

One Vote Short To Consider Mask Mandate In Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Grand Forks City Council fell one vote short of at least considering a motion requiring a mask mandate similar to one covering the University of North Dakota. Council member Bret Weber tried to add the non-agenda item at the end of Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, a move that would have required a unanimous…

Gardner picks name out of hat to break tie, chooses new city council member

The election for the second seat in the Gardner city council resulted in a tie between Carey Hanson and Patrick Nelson. Nelson's name was picked out of hat and he will be the next city council member.

GARDNER, N.D. — Patrick Nelson will take the last open city council seat in Gardner, ND. He earned the spot in a way that hasn’t ever been done in Gardner. There were three candidates on the ballot for two open city council seats. It’s not often that a small town like Gardner, with a population of around 120, sees people…

Recount in Gardner, ND City Council election yields same results as initial count

Both Carey Hanson and Patrick Nelson are still sitting at eight votes each

FARGO, N.D. — Several Cass County employees spent the day recounting ballots for three local elections, including the race for Ayr mayor, Gardner City Council, and West Fargo School Board. A tight race isn’t the norm for local elections in the small city of Gardner; a town of nearly a hundred people just 25 miles north of Fargo. “There’s basically…

Moorhead Looking to Sell City Hall Building, Renovate Downtown Area

The city is partnering with Fargo-based development company Roers

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Moorhead Center Mall has been around since the 1970’s, and some are saying it’s time to hit refresh. “The downtown location is ready for redevelopment. As you see what happens in the Fargo side and what has been happening, all that could be true for Moorhead,” said Roers CEO Jim Roers. City councilmembers are beginning to work…