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Morning headlines: Horace city leaders facing backlash after pausing tax abatement program for new homeowners

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Horace City Council, from left, Councilmember Sarah Veit, Councilmember Naomi Burkland, Mayor Kory Peterson, Councilmember Stephanie Landstrom and Councilmember Jeff Trudeau at the Jan. 24, 20023 meeting.
Wendy Reuer

HORACE — After discontinuing the city's tax abatement program on Jan. 1, the Horace City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 24, voted to go without an abatement program for six months, before considering it again in July.

Prior to the vote, the City Council motioned to allow homebuyers who bought a home in 2021, or received building permits in 2022, the chance to still apply for the abatement program. Full story here.

Herberger's store redevelopment shelved; mall owners say planning continues

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A plan to raze and redevelop the Herberger's store at Fargo's West Acres mall, seen here in March 2022, has been put on hold, a city official confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.
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FARGO - Redevelopment of the former Herberger’s store at the West Acres Shopping Center has been shelved - at least for now.

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The developers for a housing, parking and commercial building on the site of the former Herberger’s department store haven't completed a final financial analysis and are no longer working on the project, a city official said. Full story here.

Marketing company aims to help nonprofits raise money to feed Fargo-Moorhead kids

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From left: Jojo Rusten, Jordan Crouse, Janelle Albrecht, Hannah Scheidecker, Alexis Doree and Brian Larry. Larry has started a marketing company called Feed the FM Area Kids.
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FARGO — The first time Brian Larry heard about children in the Fargo-Moorhead area going hungry, he was shocked.

“When I found out, I wanted to throw up. I couldn’t believe how many kids are struggling,” said Larry, who in December began a marketing company called Feed the FM Area Kids to help charities raise money to feed area children. Full story here.

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