THE FLENSBURGER FILES The City of Lights
In the next month, the Flensburg Files takes you back to the border town in Germany as well as some of the surrounding areas in Schleswig-Holstein and neighboring Denmark. Some of the columns will be ... Posted on 5/12/11 at 5:27 PM
Following a long debate over state law, legal definitions and the intent of legislators, the Grand Forks City Council on Monday voted to deny tax exemptions for some properties owned or managed by the Grand Forks Housing Authority.
Pension plans at the forefront of talks Among the employee benefits Grand Forks City Council members fought the most over Monday night were one big one that costs the city plenty of money and two small ones that cost a little.
Datacom International, a software firm with an office in Grand Forks, asked city leaders recently to convert its $125,000 in city loans to stocks, which would help it hire as many as 80 new workers in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
On Monday night, the City Council and the mayor, meeting as members of the Jobs Development Authority, said “No, thanks.”
The construction of City Hall in 1911 meant Grand Forks was asserting itself as a city, no longer a settlement. With permanent government offices in place, the city began a turn toward modernity, some 40 years after its first European-American settlers arrived.
A veto threat by Mayor Lynn Stauss became reality Wednesday, setting the stage for what could be a heated discussion next week as the East Grand Forks City Council tries to reach an agreement on the 2010 city budget and tax levy.
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