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

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

The Reported Local Cost of President Donald Trump’s Visit to Fargo Was Inflated, Actually “Closer to $10,000”

Last week it was reported that the local cost of President Trump visiting Fargo to rally for U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Cramer was about $104,000. “I suspect that figure is a little bloated,” I wrote at the time, noting “the total includes the salaries of the law enforcement officers who worked security. I’m pretty sure

Don’t Blame Trump for Fargo Rally Costs Unless You’re Also Willing to Blame Anti-Trump Protesters

Kudos to Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney for requesting quantification for the expenses related to President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Fargo. Now that law enforcement officials have had the chance to add the numbers up, we learn that the visit cost about $104,000. I suspect that figure is a little bloated. According to Helmut Schmidt’s

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig Claims Someone Is Impersonating Him in Negative Reviews of Local Businesses

In a Facebook post put up last night Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig claims someone is impersonating him on the internet. “So someone has created an account named ‘T Gehrig’ here in Fargo giving some 60 or so local businesses and charities 1 star reviews,” he wrote. “I’m sure it has nothing to do with

Political Quandary Looms for Governor Burgum as Legislation Clashes With His Private Business Interests

Yesterday House lawmakers passed SB2166 by a 75-17 vote. The bill had previously in the Senate on a 38-8 vote. “The bill forbids cities from creating TIF districts in existing renaissance zones and forbids the state Department of Commerce from authorizing renaissance zones in existing TIF districts after July 31,” my colleague Tu-Uyen Tran reports.

Commissioner Piepkorn Defends His Letter on Economic Incentives, Calls Commissioner Gehrig “A Huge Disappointment”

There is a hot debate over economic incentives happening down in the Legislature right now, but an even hotter debate has erupted among Fargo city leaders over who should get to say what about that issue. Earlier this month Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig was raked over the coals by critics because he, along with

Fargo and FedEx Are Between a Rock and a Hard Place on Property Tax Exemption

Earlier this week I wrote about the City of Fargo giving FedEx a $660,000 property tax exemption (here’s a summary) for a new facility they’re building at the airport there. The commission approved the exemption despite a representative for the company telling city commissioners that the company would build the facility without it. It seems

The Fargo City Commission Approved A Bad Buyout And Now They're Embarrassed About It

Tonight the Fargo City Commission gave final approval to a sweetheart of a buyout for the Kinzler home, property the city needs for its on-going build out of flood protection. The Kinzler family got to triple dip on the taxpayer’s dime. Not only did they get $565,000 for their property, a value set by an

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