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Watch: Strand says Piepkorn’s middle finger gesture ’embarrassing’ for Fargo

CITY COMMISSIONER JOHN STRAND SAYS COMMISSIONER DAVE PIEPKORN SHOULD APOLOGIZE

FARGO (KVRR) – A discussion over business property tax incentives led to what appears to show a Fargo city commissioner making an obscene gesture during Monday’s city commission meeting. Commissioner Dave Piepkorn raised his right fist with his middle finger extended during a tense discussion with Commissioner Tony Gehrig. The incident was captured on video posted on the Fargo City…

Push for mask mandate in Fargo fails

FARGO, N.D. – The debate to enact a mask mandate in Fargo is struck down. City Commissioners voted 3-2 against Commissioner John Strand’s proposal to have the measure’s first reading to be held at a meeting in two weeks. Strand and Commissioner Arlette Preston voted in favor. Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney and Commissioners Dave Piepkorn and Tony Gehrig voted against…

Fargo City Commission moves to draft a mask mandate

FARGO, N.D. – In a 3-2 vote, the Fargo City Commission allows the city attorney to draft a mask mandate with and without penalties if someone does not wear one. Commissioners Dave Piepkorn and Tony Gehrig voted against the move. Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney and Commissioners Strand and Arlette Preston voted in favor of it. “October 19 is the soonest…

Fargo City Commissioners To Debate Face Mask Mandate

Governor Doug Burgum says such a decision should be left up to businesses and schools

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo City Commissioners on Monday will take up the idea of mandating face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. Commissioner John Strand has come up with two options. The first would mandate face coverings to be worn in all public settings. The second option has “targeted” policies including requiring city employees to wear masks when they…

John Strand & Arlette Preston Win Fargo City Commission Race

Results as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 9

FARGO, N.D. — Current Fargo City Commissioner John Strand and former commissioner Arlette Preston win the two seats up for election on the commission in the 2020 Primary Election. They beat five other candidates in the race including incumbent Commissioner Tony Grindberg. Preston served two terms on the commission in the 1990’s.  She will be the first woman to serve…

Fargo City Commissioner John Strand hopes to see more diversity in city leadership

Strand says he would like more people of color and indigenous people on city boards and commissions

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo City Commissioner John Strand was leading in the Fargo City Commission race as of 9:45 Tuesday night. He says he would like to see more diversity in leadership roles throughout the city’s community. Stand says he would like to see more people of color and indigenous people on boards and commissions in Fargo and the creation…

Civil Engineer Jumps Into Race For Fargo City Commission

Two seats will be on the June ballot

FARGO, N.D. — Brad Shaffer joins the list of candidates running for a seat on the Fargo City Commission. The civil engineer says that while he has no elected city government experience, he is actively involved in several local and statewide organizations. Shaffer says he wants to be an independent voice for the people of Fargo. Two seats will be…

Fargo City Commissioners Spar Over Special Assessment Policy

The city commission will make the final decision on any changes

FARGO, N.D. — By a 3 to 2 vote, Fargo City Commissioners agreed to have city staff evaluate and come up with a revised draft for a new city special assessment policy. The roll call vote came after some heated discussion. “I have had people pose questions, ‘is what you do this way perfectly legal?’, said Fargo City Commissioner John…

City of Fargo Extends Contract with Longtime City Attorney

The contract is worth between $4 and $5 million

  FARGO, ND — Fargo is extending its contract with longtime City Attorney Erik Johnson and his firm for millions of dollars. Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig cast the only “no” vote on the five-year contract extension. He said the city should have an open process to hear from other law firms interested in the position. Commissioner John Strand says…