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FARGO — The Fargo Civil Service Commission is set to review an appeal from Justin Nachatilo, a former Fargo police officer who was recently fired after internal reviews found that he failed to complete a missing persons report involving two children and that he mishandled a stolen vehicle case.

The hearing on the appeal is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in City Commission chambers.

Nachatilo was with the Fargo Police Department from 2003 until last month. In seeking to be reinstated to the department, Nachatilo has informed the Civil Service Commission that he's a combat veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and other service-related disabilities, according to documents obtained by The Forum. Full story here.

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West Fargo city official fired after domestic violence arrest

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Timothy Solberg.
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WEST FARGO — West Fargo Assistant City Administrator Tim Solberg has been fired following an internal city investigation after he was arrested at his home last month for domestic assault.

Solberg was arrested Jan. 16 at his Fargo home and charged in Cass County District Court on Jan. 18 with one count of aggravated assault of an adult victim and one count of felony resisting arrest. Both charges are Class C felonies.

According to court documents, Fargo police officers arrived at his home and were told Solberg grabbed his wife and threw her down to the ground, causing her to lose consciousness. Court documents said Solberg grabbed his wife by the throat and slammed her head against the wall. Full story here.

Minnesota business owners, lawmakers urge swift action to refill jobless fund, prevent payroll tax hike

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Minnesota Sen. Eric Pratt, along with other lawmakers and business leaders on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, speaks to reporters at the Capitol about a $2.73 billion plan to repay the federal government and replenish the state's unemployment trust fund.
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ST. PAUL — A little more than a month out from a key deadline to replenish the state's unemployment fund, Minnesota business leaders and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday, Feb. 7, urged a quick agreement at the Capitol to prevent a tax hike for business owners.

The discussion comes after an unprecedented number of Minnesotans pulled down jobless benefits in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state efforts to manage it. Full story here.

What's your vision for Island Park? Input sought for master plan, including pool

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Sarah Deyle of West Fargo and her children Emelia and Bennett enjoy a cross country skiing outing at Island Park in downtown Fargo on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.
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FARGO — A master plan is underway to provide a vision for what Fargo's first park and downtown oasis may become in the upcoming years.

Already residents have been offering suggestions on what they'd like to see in Island Park and more opportunities lie ahead, including an initial public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Robert D. Johnson Recreation Center at 1104 2nd Ave. S. Full story here.

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