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Codi and Steve Nowacki, seen outside of their Fargo, N.D., home Wednesday, July 16, 2014, are happy with the house they moved into nearly four years ago, even while being located in an industrial center. The two said they like being able to walk from home downtown for work one day and supper the next. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Homebuyers urged to 'just ask the question' about zoning for their area

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FARGO – When Steve and Codi Nowacki went house hunting, they fell in love with a place in the industrial zone west of Fargo’s downtown.


“It is kind of a funny spot. You’re driving around and tucked back in here are these cute little houses,” Codi said.

The couple just didn’t realize that the house was zoned as industrial, too.

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Helmut Schmidt
Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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