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The city of Grand Forks is taking another look at a party ordinance that classifies unreasonably loud gatherings as Class B misdemeanors. Danny Weigel, a Grand Forks City Council member and UND police officer, said the updates he's proposing would address his department's inability to fully enforce the city ordinance by decriminalizing noisy parties on first offense and instead imposing a fine of no less than $300.
East Grand Forks Mayor Steve Gander shared his vision for improving the quality of life for city residents Wednesday during his third State of the City address. Gander outlined three goals—leveraging more state dollars, finding a place for a south-end bridge and improving Lafave Park on the Greenway, with the hope of attracting the Minnesota Governor's 2021 Fishing Opener.
Twenty-two years ago, the city of East Grand Forks replaced several roads after they were damaged by the 1997 flood. Today, those roads are deteriorating, and city officials say that within the next decade or two, they'll need to find a way to special assess the costs of reconstruction. The city currently special assesses residents 100 percent for the roads abutting their properties, including the cost of construction and ongoing maintenance. On Tuesday, city staff proposed a change to the special assessment policy to address upcoming reconstruction needs.
After moving its newsroom into a newly acquired second building in 1994, Herald staff couldn't have imagined the damage a flood and fire three years later would have on the newspaper's downtown home. But two decades after the chaos and subsequent reconstruction, the historic Herald building at 375 2nd Ave. N. is in for some more changes, with the city of Grand Forks as its new owner.
East Grand Forks City Council members struck down an idea on Tuesday from the state to place a roundabout at U.S. Business Highway 2 and Second Avenue Northeast. Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation stopped by the most recent council work session to gauge the city's interest in such a project as part of a larger proposal to improve three intersections in 2023 along the highway. MnDOT didn't suggest putting roundabouts at the other two intersections.
Grand Forks city officials agreed Monday night to purchase the Grand Forks Herald's downtown building. Located across the street from City Hall and Central High School, the Herald building has existed at 375 2nd Ave. N. since 1998, when the paper's then-owner Knight Ridder paid to rebuild one of two Herald buildings destroyed by the flood of 1997 and a following fire. Today, the Herald is owned by Forum Communications Co. in Fargo, which also owns the Fargo Forum and several other publications across North Dakota.
State-led projects to improve roads across the city of Grand Forks this summer will be a little more expensive than city officials had anticipated, according to bids the Grand Forks City Council saw last Monday. The North Dakota Department of Transportation has received bids for a project to reconstruct DeMers Avenue downtown and a project to install turn lanes at two major intersections.
Starting this week, Grand Forks city staffers will begin assembling a “Complete Count Committee” for the 2020 U.S. Census. Most of the gathering work will take place in the Grand Forks Planning and Zoning department, after the Grand Forks City Council approved a resolution on Monday, April 15, allowing the department to take over.
North Dakotans will have a chance to catch the state’s sole U.S. Congressman in Hillsboro Monday night. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Republican from Dickinson, is holding a town hall event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Vets Club, 121 W Caledonia Ave. His office also announced in a press release Armstrong will be in Valley City from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Pizza Corner Restaurant, 202 E Main St.
A private developer says the city's plan to purchase the Grand Forks Herald's downtown building is based on flawed information, a claim disputed by city officials. Mike Kuntz, co-founder of Grand Forks-based Icon Architectural Group, offered to buy the Herald building from Forum Communications Co., the newspaper's Fargo-based parent company, last summer with fellow developer Craig Tweten of Community Contractors.