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The North Dakota House agreed to study legislator residency requirements Tuesday. Senate Concurrent Resolution 4010 passed the House with just one dissenting vote: House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo. It directs Legislative Management to study residency requirements of lawmakers to serve in the Legislature and report its findings during the next session. The bill was introduced after several instances of legislators moving out of districts they represent. One Grand Forks lawmaker, Democrat Rep. Corey Mock, currently lives outside of his district. Former Rep.
Though downtown is not immune to violent crime like the assault that happened outside a Grand Forks bar this past weekend, many residents, business owners and other stakeholders say it is overall a safe place to live and work. "I don't think we should let what happened over the weekend be a testament to what's otherwise a very safe and comfortable downtown," said Jon Bonzer, owner of Bonzer's Sandwich Pub on DeMers Avenue and a resident of the Brownstone Condominiums in the 100 block of North Third Street. Adam Dahl, 34, was knocked to the ground and beaten on North Third Street early Sunday
A rezoning request from Simonson Lumber and Hardware is part of a multi-year plan to move most of the local operations to the south end of Grand Forks and add...
As the North Dakota House prepares to consider a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, some business owners are using a workforce development argument to push for its...
Residents of Winger, Minn., are welcoming back a popular hangout spot today with the reopening of the Depot Cafe and Bakery . The establishment has new owners with Jennifer and...
The East Grand Forks Shopko is applying for a liquor license from the city of East Grand Forks. A city staff memo notes that Shopko, located off of U.S. Highway...
As the North Dakota House prepares to consider a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, some business owners are using a workforce development argument to push for its passage. Several businesspeople in Grand Forks and Fargo have argued that Senate Bill 2279 can be a marketing tool to help a state with more than 20,000 job openings. "I feel that we should be doing everything that we can to let people know that when they move to North Dakota, whether it's to work in existing industries or to work for companies that are growing or to start their own business, that we're a stat
Demolition work at the new home of the Sanders restaurant began earlier this month in the Edgewood Corporate Plaza in downtown Grand Forks. John "Sky" Manske is preparing to move the restaurant to 322 DeMers Ave., where it will occupy the entire second floor of what used to be the First National Bank building. He took over Sanders 1907, a fine dining establishment located at 22 S. Third St., from Kim Holmes in October. Manske said much of their new space had remained unoccupied since the 1997 Red River flood that devastated the area.
The North Dakota House passed a bill Friday that would allow for tax incentives for construction of fertilizer or chemical processing facilities. Senate Bill 2035 passed the House 78-11 after passing the Senate unanimously last month. It would allow for a sales tax exemption for tangible personal property used to construct a fertilizer or chemical processing facility. The bill requires the project to receive an air quality permit before July 2017 in order to receive the tax exemption.
Some local businesses are welcoming Canadian visitors with open arms this week as the exchange rate continues to be less favorable to our northern neighbors. The Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau is encouraging businesses to hang posters welcoming Canadians to town during Manitoba spring break, an annual weeklong holiday that sees some visitors come to town for a getaway. The event will also feature daily giveaways on social media. The organization has put on something similar in the past, but not for five or more years.