Morning headlines: Minnesota DFL moves forward with $1 Billion in 'Hero' pay for essential workers

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The dome of the Minnesota state capitol building in St. Paul. Don Davis / Forum News Service
The dome of the Minnesota state capitol building in St. Paul. Don Davis / Forum News Service

ST. PAUL — Democratic-Farmer-Labor representatives in the Minnesota House of Representatives are advancing a billion-dollar bonus pay proposal for workers who were on the front lines in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The House Workforce and Business Development Committee voted 9-4 on Wednesday, Feb. 9, to move forward a proposal to give essential workers $1 billion — four times the initial $250 million lawmakers agreed on last year. The eight Democrats were joined by St. Paul Park Republican Rep. Keith Franke in passing the bill along to the next committee for further discussion. Full story here.

Vehicles will need to be moved off Sheyenne overnights for plows to get through

Downtown West Fargo near northern Sheyenne Street will soon ask residents not to park overnight on the street during snow emergencies so that plows can better clean up the streets. Wendy Reuer/Pioneer
Wendy Reuer/Pioneer

WEST FARGO — From now on, cars will need to be removed from Sheyenne Street overnight when the city declares a snow emergency.


Commissioner Brad Olson asked the West Fargo City Commission Monday, Feb. 7 to consider adding a provision to the snow removal ordinances that would require the downtown or Yards on Sheyenne area to be included.

“It came to light last week, and I’ve noticed a lot of overnight parking on Sheyenne Street and our street crews haven't been able to get in there and clean it up like they want to,” Olson said. Full story here.

Hector International adding another security checkpoint

Passengers try to line up flights out of Fargo's Hector International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Forum file photo
Passengers try to line up flights out of Fargo's Hector International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Forum file photo

FARGO — Passengers at Hector International Airport in Fargo will likely have a shorter wait at the security checkpoint starting this summer.

Airport Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein said after two to three years of working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, they have agreed to supply the equipment needed for a third Transportation Security Administration checkpoint station.

The added lane is expected to be available starting in July. Full story here.

West Fargo attorney to run for district court judge

David J. Chapman

WEST FARGO — West Fargo attorney David Chapman has announced he will be seeking election to a district judgeship based in Fargo this fall.

He said in a news release that he will be a candidate to fill the seat currently held by Judge Steven Marquart, who will be retiring at the end of his term this year.

Chapman, in his 25 years of law practice, has covered a wide spectrum of practice areas including family, criminal, commercial, oil and gas real property, attorney malpractice, personal injury, medical malpractice immigration, constitutional and attorney ethics. Full story here.


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