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West Fargo City Hall and police station (Matt Von Pinnon/Forum)

WEST FARGO — The West Fargo City Commission will consider asking voters to approve a half-cent sales tax that would help pay for its fire and police departments.

The West Fargo City Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20, at West Fargo City Hall, 400 8th Ave. East.

Meetings are live streamed on the city's website as well.

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As part of its regular agenda, the commission will be asked by City Administrator Tina Fisk to consider directing its attorney to draft a ballot measure for the half-cent sales tax that would be put to voters during the city's June election. Full story here.

Minnesota stakeholders say liquor law rewrites are on tap in 2022

Seasonal beer, as a category, has exploded in the past two years, and brewers have listened. Beer drinkers can count on new beers monthly in the market under all kinds of “seasonal” branding. Thinkstock / Special to The Forum
Seasonal beer, as a category, has exploded in the past two years, and brewers have listened. Beer drinkers can count on new beers monthly in the market under all kinds of “seasonal” branding. Thinkstock / Special to The Forum

ST. PAUL — Minnesota liquor retailers and craft beverage officials said they're hopeful that 2022 will be the year for extensive liquor law re-writes at the Capitol.

And that means Minnesotans could see more take-home options for sale at craft breweries, distilleries and cideries or additional options made available in local liquor stores starting next year if lawmakers sign off.

The push for changes comes after years of gridlock between stakeholders in the distribution system and after craft breweries launched public pressure campaigns to convince lawmakers to lift caps on the barrels of beer they can produce each year while still offering to-go sale options in their taproom.

Lawmakers kicked off the debate earlier this year, setting the table for a big list of reforms. Full story here.

Decision on Casselton ethanol plant tax break delayed

The Tharaldson Ethanol Plant west of Casselton, N.D., as pictured in 2010. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
The Tharaldson Ethanol Plant west of Casselton, N.D., as pictured in 2010. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — Cass County commissioners on Monday, Dec. 20, delayed a decision on a property tax break for the Tharaldson Ethanol plant in Casselton to gain more information about the company's finances.

The company along, with partnering Great Plains Energy, are planning to build an $80 million addition to the facility that will provide other markets for corn oil and higher protein in the ethanol byproducts that can be sold for a much higher price than the distiller's grain now sold. Full story here.

Sleigh rides set for Dec. 21-23 in Moorhead

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In this file photo, Derik and Sari Kraft of Dakota Carriage Company give sleigh rides through Viking Ship Park in Moorhead, Minn. on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

MOORHEAD — Moorhead Parks and Recreation plans to host sleigh rides through M.B. Johnson Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 21-23.

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Holiday treats and refreshments will be available at the small shelter at the park at 3601 11th St. N.

Tickets to ride cost $5 per person, with children 2 and under free.

To make a reservation, call 218-299-5340. Tickets will also be available at the site on a first-come, first-served basis.

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