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5 things to know today: Social media, Commissioners clash, New artwork, CBD ordinances, Nova Eatery

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Incumbent U.S. Rep Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., and Independent challenger Cara Mund are facing off for North Dakota's lone U.S. House seat.
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1. Mund calls out crude messages in U.S. House race, Armstrong says it's best to ignore them

The two people vying for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat in November are taking different approaches to social media blowback they get as part of their campaigns.

First-time candidate Cara Mund, 28, running as an Independent, is trying to become North Dakota’s first female elected to the U.S. House.

She’s a Harvard Law graduate recently sworn in to the state bar association, and was crowned 2018 Miss America.

Incumbent Rep. Kelly Armstrong, 45, a Republican who was first elected to Congress in 2018, is making his third run for the seat and is also an attorney.

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Mund says she believes in calling out the attacks, while incumbent Rep. Kelly Armstrong says they’re best ignored.

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2. Fargo city commissioners clash over downtown safety reports

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School children cross Broadway on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at 6th Avenue North, Fargo.
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While the general consensus among city leaders on Monday, Oct. 3 was that downtown streets were safe, city commissioners clashed over how to make the area even safer.

Fargo city commissioners prior to debate listened to reports from the city’s police department and organizations such as the Downtown Community Partnership and the Downtown Neighborhood Association.

Commissioner Dave Piepkorn began the conversation when he described watching two “intoxicated Native Americans” being taken away by police officers. He later followed them to the Downtown Engagement Center.

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“When are we going to stop enabling? Right now, we’re using a lot of tax dollars enabling people,” Piepkorn said, adding that the Downtown Engagement Center, which used to be the police headquarters, should be moved.

City Commissioner Arlette Preston disagreed.

“The Engagement Center is truly taking people off the streets during the day, to sleep it off, or shower, or wash their clothes. It’s a help, it’s not a hindrance. Hopefully it will be better staffed in the future so it can be open more hours instead of less,” Preston said.

“You know what they should do during the day? Get a job. How about that? Right now the taxpayers in Fargo, we’re paying the bill. This is enabling,” Piepkorn responded.

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3. New artwork adorns Fargo City Commission chambers, inside and out

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New murals are pictured Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, on the south sides of Fargo City Hall.
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New artwork now adorns the inside and outside of Fargo's city commission chambers.

The change is in keeping with a decision made when Fargo City Hall was constructed: Every three years the city would feature new art on the prominent illuminated panels on both the exterior and interior of the commission chambers.

In May, art proposals were solicited from artists, culture bearers and other creative individuals and 29 proposals were received.

A five-person panel composed of artists and arts advocates reviewed the proposals and pared the list down to two artists whose proposals were forwarded to the Fargo Arts & Culture Commission for final approval.

The artists selected to receive contracts were Brett Lysne, whose work now graces the exterior of the commission chambers, and Troy Becker, whose work is displayed inside the commission chambers.

Lysne's art follows the theme of Fargo: past, present and future, while Becker's work reflects the themes of recreation, arts and entertainment, agriculture and parks.

Read more from The Forum's David Olson

4. Moorhead Planning Commission to explore ordinance for CBD products

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Minnabis Delta-9 THC edibles available at Northland Vapor are seen on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Moorhead.
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At a Moorhead Planning Commission public hearing set for Monday, Oct. 3., officials will talk about a possible new city ordinance relating to licensing standards and zoning for businesses connected to the sale and manufacture of cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are a group of substances found in the cannabis plant, with one of the main substances found in the plant being THC.

Currently, city code has no language regulating cannabinoids, but a newly enacted Minnesota state law that took effect in July allows individuals 21 and older to buy edible products, such as gummies, containing up to 5 milligrams of THC.

In the wake of the new state law, businesses selling what are known as CBD products have sprouted up across Minnesota, including in Moorhead .

The Planning Commission meeting, which will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Hjemkomst Center auditorium, 201 1st Ave. N., in Moorhead, will explore how the city will regulate such sales, according to Kristie Leshovsky, community development director for the city of Moorhead.

Leshovsky said Monday's meeting will focus on the zoning aspect of the new ordinance, which would essentially allow the sale of CBD products in areas already zoned for mixed use, commercial and industrial activities.

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5. Nova Eatery brings a tasty food truck vibe to Fargo Brewing Company

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Executive Chef Ryan Nitschke was all smiles on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, the second day of the soft opening for Nova Eatery at Fargo Brewing Co.
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The lights are on at Nova Eatery.

The newest outlet on Fargo’s food scene, a restaurant addition to Fargo Brewing Company mix of options at 610 University Drive N., has started its soft opening.

Executive Chef Ryan Nitschke and his sous chef were whipping up dishes over the noon hour Wednesday, Sept. 28, for the permanently located “food truck” concept restaurant.

Nischke was “really excited,” to start pushing food out of the barn-door-style order window.

On Day 2 of the soft opening, business was good.

“We’ll see if the word spreads,” he said. “It’s a long time coming. It’s been two years in the making.”

Nischke co-owns the business with Nikki Berglund. They also own and operate Luna Fargo and Sol Ave. Kitchen in Moorhead.

Read more from The Forum's Helmut Schmidt

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