STAFF BLOG CITY STREET BEAT New Q&A column on local government debuts today
The Herald has asked me to start writing a weekly column that aims to answer reader questions about local government, laws and other topics.
You can ask about road projects, new laws, a City Council ... Posted on 9/30/13 at 11:51 AM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN Sunday open house marks 20th anniversary of Rydell Refuge
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge in Polk County will be celebrating its 20th anniversary Sunday with an open house at the refuge visitor center.
The event, which also includes a Rydell Refuge reunion,... Posted on 8/8/12 at 6:00 AM
THE WEST WING 2011 Budget
The full 2011 Proposed Budget document is available on the City web site. Tonight may be the final work session to discuss the 2011 Proposed Budget should the City Council agree on a final package. ... Posted on 11/23/10 at 6:30 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS In Need of a Higher Power
Belief in someone greater than ourselves is not just a religious principle, it’s the cornerstone of good character. When you believe in a greater power, you relieve yourself of ego and arroganc... Posted on 7/1/09 at 9:30 AM
One person was reported injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle collision about seven miles east of East Grand Forks. The accident occurred at about 8:40 a.m. at the intersection of Polk County Road 19 and 380th Avenue.
Polk County commissioners remain hopeful that a Crookston city block located kitty-corner from their government center will soon be back on the tax rolls. The commissioners recently decided to put the 1.8-acre block — with paved streets on three sides and an alley on the fourth — up for bids again.
At the stroke of midnight on Thursday, Aug. 1, Minnesota will cross a historic threshold, allowing same-sex couples to marry for the first time. The state joins a succession of other states, including neighboring Iowa, to do so. The Herald visited with the first same-sex couple to get a marriage license in Polk County, a gay rights advocate, religious figures on both sides of the issue and a county official who will be conducting marriages to hear their feelings on gay marriage.
After Minnesota legalizes same-sex marriage, Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks will still teach what the Catholic Church believes: that marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman. But, according to Monsignor Mike Foltz, the parish’s pastor, they’ll also continue teaching another church belief: all people are created equal.
After watching her home state of Minnesota legalize same-sex marriage, Jorja Petersen, a gay rights leader and UND student, said she believes the new law will make voices on both sides of the issue “louder.” For gay students on campus, she said, many still prefer to stay in the closet out of fear of discrimination.
When same-sex couples decide to marry in Polk County, they may not be able to turn to the churches or the courts but they can count on the county office building. Michelle Cote and Rob Wagner, who manage the county Taxpayer Service Center there, took it upon themselves to find a way to conduct marriages after the county court administrator decided about two weeks ago to stop providing those services.
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