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East Grand Forks' preliminary 2016 city budget is starting to shape up, but an analysis shows a hefty tax levy increase is necessary to fully fund city services next year. The analysis indicates the tax levy would need to be 33 percent higher than 2015, with just more than $1 million in revenue needed to cover all proposed city costs. The situation is the result of increases to the tax levy over the past several years not keeping up with rising expenses, City Administrator David Murphy said. The city has not seen a budget increase higher than 5 percent since at least 2008.
Two bids for city projects got final approval from East Grand Forks City Council members Tuesday night, meaning improvements will be made to a local campground and a lift station. The council unanimously accepted a base bid for about $210,000 to install utilities at the Red River State Recreation Area. In total, project costs are expected to run about $257,000, but the city was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
From leaking windows to unrefunded security deposits to discrimination based on having a disability, complaints filed with several agencies detail the alleged woes of local renters. Dozens of complaints regarding Grand Forks County rental properties were filed with the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights, the city of Grand Forks Inspections Department and the Better Business Bureau of North Dakota and Minnesota from 2012 to 2015. Among the county's more than 25,000 renters, some accuse property managers of wrongly charging fees, not completing maintenance work despite multiple
More amenities could come to campsites in the Red River State Recreation Area campground if the East Grand Forks City Council accepts a bid for their installation. The bid received preliminary approval from the council at its Tuesday work session.
Power outages are affecting several parts of south Grand Forks today. As of about 12:45 p.m., eight outages affecting 524 customers were present on Xcel Energy's electric outage map, all of which were located south of 32nd Avenue South. Two more outages popped up on the map a short time later, one located in the area south of the Altru Hospital campus on North Columbia Road and another near the intersection of 32nd Avenue South and Washington Street.
About 1,400 customers were without power for about an hour Monday in Grand Forks. The outages were caused by a broken underground cable, Xcel Energy spokeswoman Judi Paukert said. She added the outages last from about 12:21 p.m. to 1:18 p.m.
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RED LAKE COUNTY, Minn.—An apartment in Red Lake County costs more than it used to—about 30 percent more if you're talking the year 2000. In a recent report released by the Minnesota Housing Partnership, the county landed among the organization's top 10 counties that saw the largest increase in median rent after adjusting for inflation. The list was compiled by comparing data from 2000 to a five-year estimate created from data spanning 2009 to 2013, according to Leigh Rosenberg, research and communications director for MHP. Red Lake tied for seventh on the list, which was topped
A religious speaker whose Grand Forks appearance in March was met with a protest will deliver another presentation at the Empire Arts Center next month. Christian speaker Usama Dakdok of the Straight Way of Grace Ministry is back at the Empire for a program he calls "Rebuttal," promoted as a response to a "Meet Your Muslim Neighbor" event held this past April at Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks. "It's not radical Muslims, or moderate Muslims, it'