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3 More Candidates Enter Historic Fargo City Races for Mayor and City Commission

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Fargo voters will have 15 city commission and 7 candidates for mayor to pick from in June. The filing deadline was late Monday afternoon. Michael Borgie is the latest person to get into the mayoral race and just under the wire. Mayor Tim Mahoney is running for another term. Other challengers include Shannon Roers Jones, Hukun…

Fargo School Board member joins city commission race

FARGO (KVRR-KFGO) –¬†Fargo School Board member Jennifer Benson, who has been disciplined and censured by her fellow board members twice during the second of her two terms, is running for the Fargo City Commission. Benson joins a crowded field of 13 candidates who have filed for the two spots up for election on the commission. The filing deadline for the…

Fargo School Board votes down motion to end mask mandate

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – In a 7 to 2 vote, Fargo School Board members decide not to update the district’s policy to recommend masking versus mandating them. A discussion over recommending versus mandating masks in Fargo schools was brought up two weeks ago by Board Member Jennifer Benson. At this week’s meeting, she continued to advocate for parents who want…

Fargo Board of Education censures member who hasn’t worn a mask at meetings

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Fargo Board of Education votes 6-2 to censure Member Jennifer Benson for refusing to wear a mask during meetings. She claims the mask policy is illegal. Benson argues she isn’t an employee of the district and the board cannot ask her about her medical history to provide an exemption to the rule. “You have said…

Fargo Board of Education votes down ending Smart Restart guidelines

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – In a special meeting the Fargo Board of Education votes five to four against ending North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines in schools for the last two days of classes. Some members no longer wanted masks to be required citing Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney saying Covid-19 is virtually untraceable in wastewater and the city no longer having…

Fargo School Board Votes To Censure Member Over Enrollment Allegations

The school board voted 7-2 to censure Jennifer Benson

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo School Board has voted to censure one of its own members for allegedly making false accusations against Superintendent Rupak Gandhi and a top assistant. Jennifer Benson says they intentionally withheld information about declining enrollment numbers. “What motivation would we ever have to withhold enrollment information? And then secondly, if we wanted to deliberately keep that information…

Fargo School Board President Removed for Accusations of Bullying

School Board Vice President Rebecca Knutson will take over the rest of Johnson's term

FARGO, N.D. —¬†Jennifer Benson continued to choke up as she addressed her fellow Fargo School Board members. “It might take me a bit to get through this but please bare with me because I think it’s important that we talk about even though it’s very, very difficult clearly,” she said. She told them how their president, Jim Johnson, had bullied…