The cost of having the municipal judge preside over a wedding is going up 20 percent next year in Grand Forks. The cost of having fire protection if you live outside city limits is going up 3 percent. The cost of a permit to sell Christmas trees isn’t going up at all.
Neither free enterprise nor states’ rights can guarantee the safety of airplane travel across the nation. Bridge safety, food safety, drug safety, purity of water and interstate roads all need strong federal “interference” to protect the general public.
A referendum seeking to expand uses for the three-quarter-percent sales tax dedicated to Grand Forks’ Alerus Center is one of the recommendations coming out of a task force looking into ways to fix the city-owned events center.
About 15 advocates for a congressional overhauling of the nation’s health care system rallied Thursday outside the Grand Forks office of Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., calling for inclusion of a government option — a government-sponsored alternative to private health insurance — as part of the reform package now making its way through Congress.
North Dakota will continue to be the only state in the nation that bans landowners from selling perpetual easements.
Senators voted 31-15 Wednesday to reject Senate Bill 2246, which would have repealed the state ban that dates to 1977.
City leaders say land would be more valuable to developers Some Grand Forks city leaders say they want the city to demolish the old Civic Auditorium this year to pave the way for new developments downtown.
They also say the city should assemble a package of incentives, such as low interest loans, to attract developers in these economically challenging times.
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