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Joel Vettel, former executive director of the Fargo Park District, stands in the Island Park gazebo June 15, 2017, near downtown Fargo. Forum file photo

These Fargo Elected Leaders Are Dodging Accountability and It Stinks

These Fargo Elected Leaders Are Dodging Accountability and It Stinks

This post might seem like an intensely local issue, important only to people who live in Fargo, but as you read this remember the same tactic could be deployed by your local leaders. Around the 4th of July holiday Fargo Park District executive director Joel Vettel – a well-known face in the community after a

The setting sun bathes downtown Fargo in a golden glow in early August. David Samson / The Forum

Tax Incentive Handouts Aren’t the Only Way to Promote Denser, Downtown Development

Over the weekend the Fargo Forum editorial board took aim at critics of development incentive programs like Renaissance Zones and tax increment finance districts. “[B]ecause tax benefits go to selected businesses, some people just can’t see the big picture. The Renaissance Zone and tax-increment financing district program, another tax forgiveness program to develop property, are controversial.

Kevin Ackley and Zac Echola are shown inside the dugout Wednesday, June 19, at Fargo's North Softball Complex. They are members of Red River Valley Democratic Socialists of America, a growing organization that formed a coed team to raise visibility and make connections in the community. Chris Flynn / The Forum

Nobody Even Like Remembers East Germany Any More, You Guys

A profile of a group of people with fringe views starting a softball team to become better known in their community might be fun if we were talking about Big Foot enthusiasts or ufologists. But when it’s people promoting an ideology which has resulted in millions upon millions of dead bodies an uncritical, credulous newspaper

The Bismarck Tavern in downtown Fargo on Friday, April 13, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

Fargo Is Drunk Because People in Fargo Like to Be Drunk

One of the big reasons I tend toward the conservative/libertarian end of the political spectrum is that so much of the liberal/progressive left’s instinct for public policy seems like hubris to me. A crass overestimation of the government’s ability to impose its will on the masses (and that’s setting aside the moral questions about how

Fargo police officers and firefighters packed the Fargo City Hall Monday night, May 20, to listen to a debate over increases for the employees of the two departments. Barry Amundson / The Forum

Cops Showing up in Uniform to a Debate Over Their Pay Is Intimidation and It Needs to Stop

On Monday night the Fargo City Commission voted 4 -1 to give raises to the city’s police and firefighters (as well as about 30 percent of the city’s workforce). The cost to taxpayers is a relatively modest $473,812. I’ll not quibble with that outcome. The raises seem reasonable, and it behooves local governments like Fargo to

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig stands along Broadway on Wednesday, May 2. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Tony Gehrig: Fargo’s Longest TIF District Extended Indefinitely

This guest post was submitted by Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig. With the vote at Monday night’s meeting, the Fargo City Commission over turned a decision that we made over a year ago to keep a 38 year incentive in place indefinitely. We did this because we like that the property tax revenue comes back

Sen. Judy Lee (R-West Fargo) TOM STROMME/Tribune

Republican Lawmaker Says League of Women Voters Has Become Biased and a “Disappointment”

UPDATE: Comments from the League included below. Senator Judy Lee, a Republican lawmaker from Fargo, is disputing what she says are claims from the League of Women Voters that she urged a boycott of their upcoming candidate forums. She wrote about it in a Facebook post last night, describing the League’s forums as “poorly run” and

Creating a Database of Where DUI Offenders Were Drinking Is a Terrible Idea

We already use a lot of very bad metrics when it comes to the public debate over driving drunk. For instance, everyone from reporters to law enforcement to policymakers likes to talk about drunk driving arrests, but what do arrests really tell us about actual on-the-road safety? Arrest numbers can go up and down based

President Donald Trump waves at the end of a campaign rally June 27 at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Forum file photo

Fargo Mayor Caves to the Petty Politics of Campaign Season, Will Ask for Reimbursements for Trump Event

When President Donald Trump visited Fargo earlier this year the mayor of that city, Tim Mahoney, asked for an accounting of the security and planning costs of that visit, but said he wasn’t after reimbursement. I praised the mayor at the time. It’s always important for the taxpayers to understand the cost of government. Transparency

urious Kids Childcare, seen here July 10, 2018, sits off the road on 19th Ave N in Fargo. Erin Bormett / The Forum

Given the Bureaucratic Nightmare Day Care Centers Must Deal With, Is It Any Wonder We Have a Shortage?

Last month I wrote a print column about the incompetent, Kafkaesque bureaucracy the child care industry in our state is confronted with and whether or not it contributes to our region’s chronic child care shortages. The problems with the bureaucracy are manifest. Today the Grand Forks Herald notes that the “North Dakota Department of Health

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