Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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Fargo City Commission incumbent John Cosgriff appeared headed for an easy victory Tuesday night, while three of five challengers for the remaining seat were well within striking distance after early election returns were tallied. With 24 of 40 precincts reporting, Cosgriff easily led the pack with 27 percent of the vote, while Thomas Lane had 16 percent, Michael Williams 13 percent and Ronald Sorvaag 12 percent. Remaining challengers Dave Engebretson had 9 percent and David Helfter had 5 percent. In the Fargo mayor's race, incumbent Bruce Furness was capturing 84 percent of the vote, wh
Rose Coulee, an often shallow, meandering south Fargo brook channeling storm water runoff to the Red River, soon will have a big-city look and cost despite objections from some of those who live near it. Fargo city commissioners Monday approved calling for bids on a project that will deepen the stream, line it with concrete, fortify its banks, add a retention pond, relocate a bike trail and hole of the Rose Creek Golf Course, and install a new golf cart bridge. All the work will be concentrated between 25th Street and South University Drive. Fortification of Rose Coulee between 25th Street
It stands on a large plot south and east of the airport here in Wahpeton, N.D., dwarfing headstones of what was once called the Bohemian Cemetery. It resembles a broken pole, wound with a rope and pulley system. The likenesses of a hammer and tent stake protrude from the structure's base. Etched into that base reads: Erected by the employees of Ringling Bros. Circus. Charles Smith, June 10, 1897; and Chs. E. Walters, Sept.
A small but significant piece of Fargo's bygone days is now the focal point of a new display at Bonanzaville USA in West Fargo. The concrete cornerstone of the Carnegie Library at Fargo College was unveiled at the recreated history village Wednesday. It stood dwarfed by historic photos and enlarged excerpts of President Theodore Roosevelt's speech to the estimated 30,000 people on hand to watch him place the stone Sept.
The public likely will soon get to air its opinions on the local YMCA's controversial family membership policy. Representatives from the Fargo-Moorhead Family YMCA and Fargo Human Relations Commission said Monday the two groups may work in tandem to hold a public forum on the issue in July. The Fargo Human Relations Commission would host the meeting, but representatives from the Y would begin the session with a presentation about how other YMCAs deal with membership issues, said Cheryl Bergian, chairwoman of the Commission. The forum is tentatively set for the last full week of July, sh
Fargo's mayoral race has a hint of déjà vu. Bruce Furness and Richard Blair -- the two men running this year -- were among four candidates who faced off for the city's top political post eight years ago. The 1994 election catapulted Furness from a commission seat to the mayor's office with 63 percent of the vote.
Fargo voters will cut to the chase June 11 when they pick two of six people running for a seat on the City Commission. In recent years, the top four vote-getters who received less than 50 percent of the vote would meet in a run-off election, forcing citizens to go to the polls a second time. Voters altered the structure in 2000 after the 1998 election saw eight City Commission candidates vie for two open seats. None received at least 50 percent of the vote, forcing a second election three weeks later.
Fargo taxpayers may pay up to $20,000 for a new housing project meant to show private developers it can be profitable to build new homes in old neighborhoods. The expected subsidy comes after city commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to scale down a Fargo Housing Authority plan to build five town homes on two vacant lots at 912 and 914 8th St.
The banks of Fargo's three Bluemont Lakes are eroding. City officials and homeowners living near the man-made ponds hope to find out why. The Bluemont Community Service Association, which represents 374 family units in the area, says it's because the city uses the pools for storm water retention. When it rains, the lakes rise by as much as two feet.
Despite digging deeply into one of Fargo's oldest intersections, construction workers unearthed nothing out of the ordinary where Broadway meets First Avenue North. City Engineer Mark Bittner said crews will be lucky to see that trend continue as they move south on the first phase of Broadway's reconstruction from First Avenue North to First Avenue South, and half a block on either side. Several blocks of Broadway north of Main Avenue were reconstructed in the 1970s, but little was done south of Main Avenue at the time. Because of that, Bittner said it's possible workers will fi