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A bill that would relieve homeowners and businesses from drastic increases in flood insurance payments could pass the Senate next week. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Thursday that the...
Personal income growth in the Grand Forks area was among the largest in the nation in 2012. A November report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce shows total personal income grew by 10.5 percent from 2011 to 2012 in the Grand Forks metropolitan statistical area. That's good enough for third place among the country's 381 MSAs. The MSA with the biggest growth spurt was Midland, Texas, which saw personal income grow by 12.1 percent between 2011 and 2012.
Grand Forks residents will soon have a new way to get a caffeine fix. Dunn Brothers Coffee is moving into a suite at 4571 S. Washington St., according to a sign posted in the window. The space, near Choice Health and Fitness, is the former home of AllisoNicole's Interior Design and Floral. Steve Adams, sales manager at Prudential Crary Real Estate, said he wasn't sure when it would open.
A lease dispute between an international clothing retailer and the owner of Columbia Mall has reached federal court. The Gap alleges the ownership of Columbia Mall breached its lease agreement, stating in a court complaint that they owe the retailer at least $272,415 in "improperly collected" maintenance expenses over the past few years. Fargo attorney Shanon Gregor filed the suit against Illinois-based GK Development Inc. and Columbia Grand Forks, LLC on Jan. 2 in U.S. District Court.
Flood insurance rates have skyrocketed for some new homeowners in the Grand Forks region, prompting action from North Dakota and Minnesota congress members. Following the passage of the Biggert-Waters Insurance Reform Act in 2012, homeowners in communities such as Grafton and Crookston started noticing increases in flood insurance premiums this fall. Grafton Mayor Chris West, an insurance agent, said he knows of one homeowner there whose flood insurance payments rose from $971 a year to $4,300. "And that's not uncommon," West said.
Grand Forks almost had its own Kroll's Diner. The family-owned restaurant serving up German and American fare has five locations throughout the state. But ultimately, it was the land price that kept owner Keith Glatt from opening up in the upper Red River Valley almost a decade ago. "Not saying it wasn't worth it," he said. "But I'm not going to make a deal where I have to struggle to make a profit." Glatt's decision is an example of one of many factors restaurant owners have to consider before expanding to other locales.
Grand Forks saw a spike in the value of building permits in 2013, driven largely by a jump in new apartment and commercial construction. While the total number of building permits issued by the city grew by just 5 percent -- 1,506 in 2012 to 1,579 last year -- the value of those permits grew from $127.7 million to $212.1 million -- a 66 percent increase. There were eight "multiple dwelling" buildings that were permitted totaling $22.2 million in 2012.
Under a PowerPoint slide reading, "Congratulations, Team North Dakota," lawmakers, economic development officials and higher education leaders exchanged congratulatory messages Monday. They gathered after the Federal Aviation Administration named Grand Forks and the state as one of six test sites across the country for integrating unmanned aerial systems, often called drones, into the national airspace alongside manned craft.
Two rival manufacturers of outdoor recreation vehicles, both with operations in northwest Minnesota, are in the midst of a patent dispute. Polaris Industries sued Arctic Cat in December, claiming that Arctic Cat's Wildcat line infringes on Polaris's patents on its side-by-side all-terrain vehicles. "We... demand that your company cease and desist making, using, offering for sale, selling, or importing any product that infringes upon our client's rights, including the Arctic Cat vehicles referred to above," wrote Eric Groen, a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, which represents Polaris.
Grand Forks welcomed its first newborn baby early Wednesday morning. Briana and Malcolm Hamilton were resting comfortably hours later at the Altru Health System hospital with Layla Rose, the newest member of their young family. "She's perfect," Briana Hamilton said holding the content 6-pound, 5.7-ounce Layla, who was born at 2:51 a.m. She said she was hoping to have a daughter to go along with their 18-month-old son, Gianni. Malcolm Hamilton said the toddler met her new sister Wednesday.