Fargo City Commission

Gehrig wants to limit Fargo mayor’s emergency powers

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) Three months ago, Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig sought to end Fargo’s emergency declaration immediately, but it failed on a 3-2 vote. At Monday night’s commission meeting, Gehrig will ask for an amendment to the city’s State of Emergency ordinance. It would retain the mayor’s authority and power to declare a state of emergency but would authorize the…

Fargo City Commission extends mask mandate

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – In a 3-1 vote, the Fargo City Commission decides to extend its face mask mandate until March 22nd. Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig was the sole vote against the face mask mandate extension. Commissioner Dave Piepkorn was not present, but has voted against extending the mandate in the past. The extension comes following a recommendation from…

City commissioners ask Burgum to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Commissioners Dave Piepkorn & Tony GehrigFARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Two Fargo city commissioners are asking Gov. Doug Burgum to ease restrictions he ordered that would allow the city to extend the hours of in-person services at bars and restaurants from 10 pm to midnight and allow occupancy in those businesses to increase from from 50% to 75%. Commissioners Tony Gehrig and…

Fargo City Commission votes to help businesses cover utility costs

Limited motion set to cover only bars and restaurants

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo City Commission votes to help restaurants and bars catch up with past due utility payments. The commission wanted to provide some quick relief to help establishments struggling to stay afloat as they faced a decrease in business during the pandemic. The relief bill introduced will help restaurant and bar owners throughout Fargo with rebate or…

City Commission okays pandemic relief for Fargo businesses

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Fargo City Commissioners have approved a motion to assist bars, restaurants, retail, and ancillary businesses impacted by the pandemic. It will be targeted relief, beyond what the state and federal governments provide. Commissioners will look at a number of possibilities. That could include waiving next year’s liquor license fees, adjusting utility bills, and property tax reductions. Assistant…

City Commissioners try to strike down Mayor Mahoney’s Covid-19 order

The order now limits occupancy for bars and restaurants to 50% and up 150 people. It also works to accommodate attendance sizes with places of worship.

FARGO, N.D. — The coronavirus surge in North Dakota is among the worst in the U.S. Cass County is playing a big part. “The cases in the state as well as Cass County continue to increase on a weekly basis,” said Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney. “Cass County has 1,562 active cases. One of our highest yet.” In Fargo, Mayor Mahoney…

English Rock Star Calls Fargo City Commissioner “Idiot” Over Face Mask Stance

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo City Commissioner is called an “idiot” by English rock star Peter Frampton. He was responding to Dave Piepkorn’s public stance against the use of face masks during a city commission meeting a few weeks ago. Frampton shared video of Piepkorn’s comments on Twitter and wrote: “This idiot is the reason…

Fargo City Commission to consider mask mandate

FARGO, N.D.–Fargo leaders will be asked to considered implementing a mask mandate in public settings during a city commission meeting on September 21. The policy is similar to New York’s, but would not include civil or criminal penalties for anyone caught not wearing a mask. The policy was proposed by Commissioner John Strand, and would instruct anyone in public to…

Monarch Butterfly Kill Off Called “Horrible” As Questions Arise About Mosquito Pesticide

Mosquito control experts outside of Cass County are also questioning last month's kill off

FARGO, N.D. — Calling it “horrible”, city and county officials say they are trying to make sure a massive monarch butterfly kill off doesn’t happen again. Thousands died during aerial spraying for mosquitoes last month after a heavy rainfall in the metro and concerns about West Nile virus. Mosquito control experts outside of Cass County are also questioning the kill…