CITY COUNCIL

St. Louis Park City Leaders Reinstate Pledge of Allegiance After Backlash

President Trump Even Tweeted That The Pledge Was Under Siege And He Vowed To Win Minnesota in 2020

TRUMP-ST.-LOUIS-PARK-TWEET ST. LOUIS PARK, MN — The St. Louis Park City Council has voted to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance. After recently voting to reduce the recital of the Pledge, the council received significant pushback from community members and from President Donald Trump. Council member Thom Miller started the meeting by moving to reinstate the pledge. Each council member took…

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…

Two Thief River Falls Council Members Charged After Brawl During Meeting

Josh Hagen and Jerald Brown went nose to nose and shoved each other

Jerald Brown & Josh HagenTHIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Two men have been charged after a brawl last week during a city committee meeting in Thief River Falls. Council members Josh Hagen and Jerald Brown went nose to nose and shoved each other. Hagen is charged with misdemeanor assault while Brown faces a disorderly conduct charge. Two witnesses said Brown…

Realtor Running For Moorhead City Council Seat

Marc Hedlund is running for the 4th Ward seat held by Chuck Hendrickson

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A community activist and realtor is running for Moorhead City Council. Marc Hedlund is running for the 4th Ward seat held by Chuck Hendrickson who is running for re-election. Hedlund works at Hatch Realty and has lived in Moorhead with his family for the past 15 years. He says he’s “committed to improving the quality of life…

Minneapolis Anchor Prepared To Receive Payment From Minneapolis Police Department

Minneapolis is poised to pay $193,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by a TV anchor whose personal information was repeatedly looked up by police officers.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Minneapolis is poised to pay $193,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by a TV anchor whose personal information was repeatedly looked up by police officers. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Alix Kendall’s case is among many involving officers who clicked on the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services database to look at photographs, addresses and driving records…

Moorhead Council Closer To Changing Parking Lot Rules For Developers

Neighbors In Historic Comstock Neighborhood Want To Be Notified Before Lots Are Put In

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Moorhead City Council is closer to allowing more input from neighbors before developers put in parking lots. The council voted 7 to 1 on the first reading to change from provisional use permits to conditional use permits. That would require a public hearing and council approval after neighbors near the property have been notified. Neighbors in the…

City of Wahpeton Votes in New Mayor

He will fill out the rest of Hansey's term which expires in June

WAHPETON, ND — Wahpeton officially has a new mayor. The city council voted eight to zero on Monday to appoint Ward 1 City Councilman Steve Dale as mayor. Dale had been handling the duties since Mayor Meryl Hansey resigned in late summer in the midst of a battle with cancer. He will fill out the rest of Hansey’s term which…

City of Ada Announces New Mayor

His term will run through 2018

  ADA, Minn. — The City of Ada has a new mayor…and he’s no stranger to the community. The Ada City Council voted unanimously on Todd Sawrey, the former Economic Development Authority Chair. As chairman, Sawrey worked on bringing new businesses to the area, as well as community development. Sawrey is a former city council member, President of the Ada…

“You Get Rid of Them All, Where Would Fargo Be?” City Releases Refugee Resettlement Report

The report explores information including local refugee costs, accountability, and economic impact

FARGO, N.D. — The refugee resettlement report Fargo city commissioners requested in October is finally released. The report explores information including local refugee costs, accountability, and economic impact. “I got my citizenship recently,” shared Ayat Hussein, a former refugee. Immigrants and refugees make up a small part of our community. “We’re not talking about roads and bridges here; we’re talking…

Interpretive Dance at City Council Meeting Goes Viral

The city invited performing artist Sara Juli in an effort to promote the mayor's "Arts in Chamber" series

PORTLAND, Maine — Well….art. It’s all relative…right? You don’t have to tell that to anyone at a Portland, Maine City Council meeting. The city invited performing artist Sara Juli in an effort to promote the mayor’s “Arts in Chamber” series. What Juli performed…won’t soon be forgotten. Juli performed what she calls “Shadow Artist” and she uses the entire room as her…