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Volunteers Stephanie Falk and Alison Anderson participate in Arbor Day tree planting activities at M.B. Johnson Park in north Moorhead on Thursday, May 13, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
Volunteers Stephanie Falk and Alison Anderson participate in Arbor Day tree planting activities at M.B. Johnson Park in north Moorhead on Thursday, May 13, 2021. David Samson / The Forum


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MOORHEAD — With residents expressing deep concerns about the amount of thistles and other weeds in 12 of Moorhead's city parks, the City Council voted 5-3 to resume herbicide spraying in their meeting Monday, Sept. 13.

Public Works Director Steve Iverson and Parks Advisory Board Chairman James Hand said some of the park land was in danger of being overrun by weeds, partially because of the drought and also the spraying ban. In some places, turf would be lost, and parks would have to undergo a costly process to replace it, they said. Full story here.

Contractor banned from doing business in North Dakota

FARGO — A judge has banned contractor Steve Mitchell and his company FM Mechanical from doing business in North Dakota.

Cass County District Judge Reid Brady issued the ban Sept. 3 after finding Mitchell broke consumer fraud and licensing laws, according to the office of North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. The ruling came after the state’s consumer protection division took legal action against Mitchell.

The judge determined Mitchell was operating without a contractor’s license and did poor quality work, the attorney general's office said. Full story here.

NDSU community provides input on next president; search committee meets today

From left, North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott and AGB Search consultants James McCormick and Janice Fitzgerald  listen to a student explain what they want to see in the next North Dakota State University president during listening sessions of their presidential search ib Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at the NDSU Memorial Union.
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From left, North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott and AGB Search consultants James McCormick and Janice Fitzgerald listen to a student explain what they want to see in the next North Dakota State University president during listening sessions of their presidential search ib Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at the NDSU Memorial Union. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

FARGO — Consultants for the North Dakota State University presidential search have started to gather information on what people would like to see in the school’s next leader.

Faculty, staff and students gathered Monday, Sept. 13, at the NDSU Memorial Union to tell a consulting firm and higher education leaders what a search committee should consider when hiring a replacement for University President Dean Bresciani. The State Board of Higher Education asked Bresciani to step down from the post by December 2022. Full story here.

Reconstruction of downtown West Fargo's Sheyenne Street enters final phase

Demolition work is shown here on the on the north section of Sheyenne Street near First Avenue in West Fargo on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
Demolition work is shown here on the on the north section of Sheyenne Street near First Avenue in West Fargo on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

WEST FARGO — Still two months from completion, West Fargo officials are hoping the reconstructed north end of Sheyenne Street will provide a boost to the city's downtown similar to what occurred when the south end of the city's premier street was rebuilt two years ago.

Being completed in three phases this summer, the final stretch of the seven-block, $10.5 million reconstruction is underway in the heart of downtown just off Main Avenue. The estimated completion date is Nov. 6.

Already completed is the work from Seventh Avenue West north to Second Avenue West. Full story here.

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