STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Group wants more state money to curb homelessness
By Danielle Killey
Jen Peterson and her three young children left their home with no place to go when it got to be unsafe.
My kids and I became homeless fleeing a marriage that had become dangerou... Posted on 3/7/13 at 6:17 PM
THE WEST WING The generation gap of development
I attended on Wednesday morning the monthly meeting of the Business, Government and Education Allliance (BGEA) committee of the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce. The topic was the Gran... Posted on 1/9/13 at 6:18 PM
SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT Fargo Skyline Fail
My attempt to draw a skyline is at a standstill. I spliced together 10 pictures that I took while standing on the shoulder of Dakota Drive, just south of 19th avenue north.
After a minute of tracin... Posted on 5/22/12 at 11:56 AM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Dalrymple provides update on state aid to oil counties
BISMARCK--Gov. Jack Dalrymple explained the status of funding to help western North Dakotas oil counties during a news conference Tuesday at the Capitol.
The state has committed $1.2 billion to addre... Posted on 12/6/11 at 12:53 PM
Dr. Craig Theede’s daily commute from Grand Forks to Crookston started earlier than usual Monday. It was because he had an appointment, not with a patient but with his future home. He wanted to ensure that he would land one of 17 free housing lots, offered by the city on a first-come, first-served basis.
Property values continue to rise in the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston. The increases follow over-the-year rises in 2012 of about 20 percent for residential property and 60 percent to 80 percent for commercial property.
Assessment numbers sent to property owners in the city in the last week show little abatement in the climbing value of property in Williston, with residential properties up 15-35 percent in the city and 0-10 percent for commercial property.
A new Grand Forks city program would help more than 40 households buy homes in town. Set to start May 1, the homebuyer-assistance program will have $420,000 available. Each household can receive zero-interest loans of up to $10,000 to help with both closing costs and as much as half the down payment.
Ask Jeff Pelowski, mayor of Roseau, Minn., to name the city’s number one priority and he’ll immediately answer “permanent flood protection.” For the past few years, however, that call for action has been followed quickly by another: housing.
Outside of Grand Forks in rural areas throughout much of northeastern North Dakota, where the population generally is shrinking, the problem isn’t so much one of availability, but rather of the condition of existing houses.
American Indians are often a forgotten population in Washington, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday. Heitkamp, D.-N.D., told members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation she is working to elevate issues from reservations, with a particular focus on addressing the housing crisis.
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