Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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The heavy traffic in front of David Helfter's house used to annoy him. Now, he's using it to further his campaign. Helfter, a 33-year-old Fargo City Commission candidate, built and erected a 96-square-foot wooden campaign sign on his front lawn, 600 10th St.
John Strand and Netty Berger spent much of Tuesday trying to unite preservationists in an eleventh-hour effort to save the aging Cass County jail and sheriff's residence. The 88-year-old brownstones in downtown Fargo are slated for demolition once prisoners are transferred to the new jail this fall.
Leaders of the North Dakota Family Alliance, a faith-based family advocacy group, said Wednesday they hope to lobby state legislators for the first time next year. Chairman Steve Cates said the Bismarck-based group plans to become more organized and active in influencing state politics during the next session, which begins in January. Though formed in 1987, the alliance has never registered as a lobbyist. It took one of its first steps toward that level of organization Wednesday by having its first Fargo chapter meeting at the Doublewood Inn. "We don't have a state organization if
Proponents of building a housing complex for chronic homeless alcoholics in Fargo will push ahead with trying to find a home for the controversial center. The announcement came during a Tuesday meeting in which at least two elected city officials threw their support behind the project, sometimes called a "wet house" because its formerly homeless tenants are allowed to drink on site. "We've come this far, so it would seem crazy to stop," said Mayor Bruce Furness.
Some Fargo firefighters are upset with a new plan that would require them to pass an annual physical fitness test to remain employed. The rigors of the test have not been finalized, but likely will be more stringent than the one given to new recruits, Fire Chief Bruce Hoover told members of the Civil Service Commission Tuesday. Nationally, on-the-job stress and heart attacks are the leading causes of death among firefighters, and the physical fitness requirements should help address the issue before it hampers Fargo's work force, Hoover said. "It really comes down to the fact that
A proposed city-constructed and maintained privacy fence intended to mend a south Fargo neighborhood dispute again divided city commissioners Monday. On a 3-2 vote, the five-member panel decided to receive and file an early draft of a new ordinance that would allow the city to build fences on private property and then have the construction and maintenance costs assessed to those who asked they be built. Mayor Bruce Furness and Commissioners John Cosgriff and Rob Lynch voted to accept the proposal.
A building project meant to help a north Fargo neighborhood recover from the effects of two poorly maintained rental homes in the area was met with resistance Wednesday by those who live nearby. Neighbors of the now-vacant land at 912 and 914 8th St. N. said the Fargo Housing Authority's plan to place a five-unit town house on the two cleared lots would increase traffic, reduce green space and work against city leaders' goals of restoring single-family homes to the near-downtown neighborhood.
A south Fargo housing development will be filled with single-family homes rather than the attached houses city planners said are needed in at least some of the area. Fargo planning commissioners Wednesday unanimously voted to rezone the soon-to-be developed Coulee's Crossing from agricultural to single-family designation. The decision came following adjacent property owners' arguments that zoning more dense than that would not fit in with the surrounding developments of Meadow Creek, Oak Creek and Prairie Rose. Coulee's Crossing is west of 25th Street between 40th and 52nd avenu
A south Fargo land development dispute that had all the makings of a knock-down, drag-out rezoning battle appears resolved but for the city's role in the matter. Coulee's Crossing, a 20-acre parcel of land west of 25th Street between 40th and 52nd avenues south, is now rolling grassland vacant but for a few outbuildings and Rose Coulee meandering on its north side. Land owners Ronald and Karen Offutt planned to put town houses on the property, but changed their minds after neighbors objected, saying the higher density homes are not compatible with those in the surrounding Meadow Cree
Pat and Anita Cruz heaved a huge sigh of relief Friday after learning a warehouse in their north Fargo neighborhood is no longer the proposed site of a housing center for homeless chronic alcoholics. "We're absolutely delighted this won't be on our backs," said Pat Cruz. "It certainly makes sleep a little more tranquil at night not having to worry about it." The Fargo Housing Authority Friday withdrew its request to place the controversial 18-unit housing project at 202 15th St.