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FARGO—"There's been an accident." It's a phrase that provokes fear, anxiety and heartbreak, all at once. And it's one that safety officials in North Dakota and Minnesota would rather not hear at all, not only because of its implications, but also because it isn't accurate, they say.
FARGO—High ceilings, rooftop soirées and wedding bells. That's what you can expect from Block 9, the 18-story downtown tower with a hotel, businesses and condominiums being planned by a consortium of local firms—Doug Burgum's Kilbourne Group, RDO Equipment Co. and TMI Hospitality.
FARGO—On split votes, city commissioners on Monday approved $15.5 million in tax incentives for the 18-story downtown Fargo high-rise expected to start construction this year and be finished by 2019. But that $15.5 million in tax help, which taps three different types of incentives the city offers, isn't all the same, and it's not all tax exemptions.
FARGO—North Dakota State University has firmed up its plans on an almost $40 million, seven-to-eight-story residence hall for sophomores. The project would be the first new dormitory the university has built since 2008 and would come as the school's goals to expand enrollment aggressively have generated significant interest in private construction in north Fargo aimed at students. Some of those student-focused housing plans proposed by private developers have drawn protests from existing residents.
BISMARCK—The president of North Dakota State University pleaded with the State Board of Higher Education on Tuesday, May 24, to request state funding for two capital projects that could have safety and accreditation implications at NDSU. One of those projects is demolishing and rebuilding Dunbar Hall, the 52-year-old chemistry building that was overlooked for funding last legislative session.
FARGO—Say goodbye to the Howard Johnson Inn. The downtown hotel is being demolished to make way for diversion-related construction. "We're moving Second Street to the west away from the river to allow the floodwall to be constructed in a stable area," said Nathan Boerboom, division engineer with the city of Fargo. So the Howard Johnson had to go, along with the old Shakey's Pizza and a school district building. Boerboom anticipates that the demolition and clean-up will be completed within the next three weeks.
WAHPETON, N.D.—Wha' happened? That question has been on the minds of residents here since the middle of last week, when a road sign was installed just east of Wahpeton with the incorrect spelling: "Whapeton." "It's ridiculous," said Laurie Straus, 56, who's lived in the city of about 8,000 her whole life. "It's in our town, and it's not spelled correctly." A photo of the sign, which is along westbound Minnesota Highway 210, has been shared on Facebook more than 120 times, drawing comments such as "yikes" and "good grief!"
FARGO – A possibly stolen vehicle crashed into a building in north Fargo on Saturday, May 21, and the driver abandoned the car before police arrived. The building at 1431 Seventh Ave. N. houses Patterson Paint Contracting and Homerun Products, which sells cookware. As of about 9:30 p.m., the car was still in the business, as the Fargo Fire Department searched through debris inside for people. "There was that much damage on the inside that somebody could easily be buried in there," said Fargo police Lt. Chris Helmick.
FARGO – The woman who says she was kicked out of a Garth Brooks concert here for using the men's restroom has received a check from the Fargodome refunding her tickets.
FARGO—Paul Peter Nielson's backyard is no longer a backyard. Instead, it's a large sheet of black plastic, 30 by 50 feet, held to the ground by bales of hay. Over to the side, there are piles of sod, a toppled wheelbarrow, a shovel. Edible violas and pansies in purple, yellow, white and crimson sit patiently, waiting for planting. "People are so, 'I want a beautiful backyard of grass,' " said Nielson, who goes by Pete. "I want a beautiful backyard of food—that is not only going to feed me, but is going to feed a bunch of other people, and I don't have to mow it."