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Will Fargo Choose to Be a Co-Defendant in the Inevitable Lawsuit Over Traffic Fines?

Will Fargo Choose to Be a Co-Defendant in the Inevitable Lawsuit Over Traffic Fines?

The proponents of locals raising fines say they’re on sound legal ground because the Legislature changed the law and gave locals permission to do this. But the state Legislature did not, and could not, amend the 14th amendment which requires that states afford all citizens equal treatment under the law. Continue reading…

Print Column: The Left Can’t Complain About Trump’s Fabulism While They Perpetuate Their Own

Ever noticed how the news media appends words like “without evidence” to claims President Donald Trump makes? I don’t blame them. Our president’s endless adventures with falsehood are undeniable. The man lies, with bald-faced constancy, about things both trivial and consequential. The examples are far too numerous to list here. Yet while Trump may be the most

The front of the Fargo office of Americans for prosperity is pictured here after having been vandalized. Photo via Sierra Heitkamp

This Conservative Group’s Fargo Office Has Been Vandalized Repeatedly Since It Was Opened

Americans for Prosperity is a conservative-leaning, free-market-promoting group that operates in numerous states across the nation. While the group has faced no small amount of criticism and backlash nationally, you may be surprised to learn that their Fargo office, headquarters for their North Dakota chapter, has been vandalized repeatedly since opening. The most recent attack

Amelia Demarest, 15, was one of many students and young people who addressed climate change during a town hall meeting organized by City Commissioner John Strand on Wednesday, Nov. 27, in City Hall. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

A Kid in Fargo Thinks Climate Change Might Kill Him Before He’s 50, How Did We Get to This Point?

In Fargo this week, there was a climate change town hall organized by Fargo City Commissioner John Strand. It was well-attended, featuring dozens of speakers with different ideas for how Fargo, as a community, could address the issue. Remember, for many of these people, we are beyond the point of debating whether or not some

A stop sign in downtown Fargo is seen in this file photo. Forum News Service photo

Fargo Choosing to Double Traffic Fines Just Opened a Legal Can of Worms

UPDATE: Since writing this post I’ve learned that other communities, such as Grand Forks, have also taken advantage of the Legislature’s green light to raise traffic fines. I had missed those local changes, though obviously, those changes are as unconstitutional as Fargo’s per the arguments below. Over the weekend, the Fargo Forum’s editorial board applauded the

High school friends Lars Brinkema, 15, Reece Walton, 15, Piper Sorock, 15 and Beatrice Tassoni, 15, all of Minneapolis, protested President Donald Trump's rally in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10. Sarah Mearhoff / Forum News Service

If You Support Refugee Resettlement You Should Support Trump’s Push to Give States and Cities a Say in It

At a rally in Minneapolis President Donald Trump touted a change in federal policy giving states and cities a level of veto power over refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions. Not surprisingly, given Trump’s polarizing nature, this change was met with no small amount of blowback. “Trump’s executive order requires state and local governments to consent

Former Fargo Park District executive director Joel Vettel

North Dakota’s Public Officials Should Be Required to Record Meetings Even When They’re Closed to the Public

Most of you reading this probably don’t live in Fargo, so you might not much care that the local park board there violated open meetings law, but if you’re a resident of North Dakota you should be paying attention because how this situation is being handled could very well be how some government entity in

Former Fargo parks director Joel Vettel

Attorney General: Fargo Park Board Broke the Law With Meeting at Which Former Director Joel Vettel Resigned

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has concluded that the Fargo Park Board broke open meeting law with too-vague agenda for a meeting at which former parks director Joel Vettel resigned. “The vague topic ‘HR/Staff review’ did not sufficiently describe the specific topic the commmission [sic] clearly knew it would be discussing at the special

A representative of Aldevron speaks to the Fargo City Commission in support of an application to receive a property tax exemption. City of Fargo public video

Fargo Commissioner Says It’s “Disingenuous” to “Bitch” About Company Getting $4.6 Million Subsidy They Said They Don’t Need

There were some fireworks at a meeting of Fargo’s city commission tonight. The genesis for the controversy was an application made by a company called Aldevron for a $4.6 million payment in lieu of tax (or PILOT) subsidy for an expansion they’re building. According to the commission’s posted agenda, the subsidy would have the company

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