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.
Two centers have opened in Grand Forks for recent immigrants - most of them refugees from war and the breakdown of civil authority in Somalia. Many spent years in crowded camps in neighboring Kenya before winning permission to come to America. Some came to Grand Forks as refugees from violence in Minneapolis and other large American cities. But even here, divisions seem to hamper the Somali people.
Grand Forks City Council President Hal Gershman is echoing Mayor Mike Brown’s suggestion that the council review its committee structure.
Gershman requested Monday night that the council discuss whether the Committee of the Whole is still useful at the next Committee of the Whole meeting March 8.
Minot International Airport will soon have two daily United Airlines flights to Denver, officials announced Monday, just days after reporting the airport will also get direct flights to Salt Lake City from Delta Air Lines.
Grand Forks City Council members gave the green light to two major downtown residential projects Monday. One is a 50-unit apartment complex on site of Civic Arena; the other a 14-unit complex for the chronically homeless on the site of the former downtown post office.
Grand Forks’ Alerus Center commission met formally for the first time Thursday with the City Council task force convened to, essentially, find out if there was anything wrong with the way the city-owned events center is run.
Criticism of Grand Forks’ Alerus Center has reached such a level that members of a City Council task force say they want to settle once and for all some of the toughest questions about the city-owned building.
A Grand Forks City Council task force reviewing whether the city has to change the way it runs the Alerus Center will swing into action next month.
At stake are issues such as how much risk the city-owned events center should take on major concerts and if it should still be run quasi-independently by a commission.
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