Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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A committee within the local United Way recommends the organization withhold funds from area agencies that discriminate based on sexual orientation. If passed, the decision could halt $70,000 in annual funding to the Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Geographically the second-largest Boy Scouts council in the nation, Northern Lights serves more than 16,000 youth and 5,000 adult volunteers in North Dakota, 18 counties in Minnesota, and two counties each in Montana and South Dakota, said Scouts Executive Mark Holtz. "We're probably not in a position to sign that di
Editor's note: The Forum has changed the names of the lesbian parents and their youngest child because one woman fears disclosing her name could cause her to be fired from work. The lesbian-led family that started the YMCA's 2½-year family membership debate said Monday they are pleased with the organization's decision to offer a discounted rate to nontraditional families and will again become Y members. "I admire their courage to change their position," Jo B.
Fear drives the "Not in My Back Yard" sentiment. Fear of more people. Fear of change. Fear of being unsafe. But, more and more, it's the fear of what it will look like, say those who sit through the public hearings on zoning and building matters. "I think people are more accepting of high-density development when it's within high-quality design," said Fargo Planning Director Jim Gilmour.
Calling it the right decision for children, board members of the Fargo-Moorhead Family YMCA voted 10-4 Monday to offer a discounted household membership to nontraditional families. The board also voted to continue offering its discounted family membership, available to a husband, wife and their dependent children. The household membership, available Sept. 9, will give any two adults with dependent children or other adults at the same address the same rate as traditional families.
It didn't take long for Tom McLaughlin and Brook Hollands to change their tune. The soon-to-be newlyweds hadn't even exchanged their rental home for one of their own and already they don't want renters as neighbors. "When you're a homeowner, you look at things a little differently," said McLaughlin, a 32-year-old Fargo computer software salesman. He and 29-year-old fiancée Hollands were even looking at new homes in a different area of Fargo until learning rental property was planned nearby. McLaughlin said he worried moving to an area with rental property could dam
Assessing property values is an inexact science.
While homeowners cite increased traffic, crime and school overcrowding as their opposition to attached-style housing in their neighborhoods, nothing rivals the fear of how it could affect their property values. So often is the issue brought up during Fargo hearings that city planners frequently cite a national study in some of their reports, and are beginning to conduct a property values study of their own. The national study, done by the Urban Land Institute of Washington, D.C., reports that between 1987 and 1995 the average annual appreciation rate for single-family homes within 300 feet o
Fargo wants to push west in a big way. City officials informally met Wednesday to discuss what, if approved, would be the city's largest annexation, taking in more than 2,800 acres of land south of West Fargo. The area -- roughly bound by Fargo's 32nd Avenue South to the north, 52nd Avenue South to the south, 45th Street to the east, and Sheyenne Diversion to the west -- is one Fargo officials have eyed for a while in hopes of rounding out the long, skinny city. The more elongated a city becomes, the more difficult it is to provide water, sewer and emergency services to its outlying
Barring unforeseen political opposition, Fargo Mayor Bruce Furness' plan for a public bailout of the tax-strapped Red River Zoo is in the bag. The mayor announced his idea Tuesday inside the zoo's carousel building, surrounded by representatives from other area taxing entities like the Park Board, Cass County and West Fargo School District. Still, the concept need only be approved by the Fargo City Commission, which may hear the matter as early as Aug. 5.
Property taxes from a soon-to-be-developed piece of land west of Fargo's Red River Zoo will be used to cover the zoo's mounting special assessments if a plan to be announced this morning by Mayor Bruce Furness takes hold. The mayor's proposed public bailout of the tax-strapped zoo comes seven months after the 3-year-old facility realized it may owe more than $600,000 in special assessments during the next 20 years. Assessments on the zoo's 33 acres of land skyrocketed after an Interstate 94 overpass was built at 42nd Street Southwest, and new streets and sewers were construct