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Video: HBO’s John Oliver Mocks Fargo’s Decision to Give Economic Incentives to FedEx

Video: HBO’s John Oliver Mocks Fargo’s Decision to Give Economic Incentives to FedEx

The City of Fargo made a big mistake when they agreed to FedEx $660,000 in tax incentives to move a facility to their community from Grand Forks. Not only was this a problematic move given that Fargo was essentially using economic development largess to poach a company from another North Dakota city (yes, that’s exactly

Mark Johnson: Correcting the Record on Fargo’s Election Reform Debate

Tu-Uyen Tran’s article (October 2) and Zac Echola’s letter (October 3) both call attention to last year’s discussion of possible election reforms in Fargo City Elections. I was the outside consultant to the Task Force that wrote those recommendations, and I’m disturbed by some claims made in both the article and the letter. First, Tran

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, Bismarck City Commissioners Defend Letter to State Lawmakers

Last week I published a letter Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig and Bismarck City Commissioner Steve Marquardt had sent to state lawmakers concerning economic incentive programs. The letter was sent on City of Fargo letterhead, though the commissioners made it clear with the first sentence of the letter that they were representing themselves individually and

Much Ado About Letterhead: What Is the Fargo Forum So Afraid Of?

“Gehrig violates trust” That was the headline of a Fargo Forum editorial published online yesterday which chastised City Commissioner Tony Gehrig for sending a letter to state lawmakers on City of Fargo letterhead. Bismarck City Commissioner Steve Marquardt co-signed the letter which was critical of tax incentive programs. The commissioners argued that these programs are

Leaders From Two of North Dakota’s Largest Communities Blast Tax Incentives in Letter to Lawmakers

A letter is being circulated by lawmakers in Bismarck as they consider reining in certain economic incentive programs. Most local leaders, I’m told, have been hostile to that effort. But at least two, the authors of the letter in question, feel differently. Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig and Bismarck City Commissioner Steve Marquardt blast the

Tony Gehrig: Plastic Bag Ban Isn’t Needed in Fargo

After reading The Forum’s opinion, one would think Fargo is awash in plastic bags with garbage lining the streets. Every reasonable person can see through the hyperbole and identify the endgame is a ban on plastic bags. Such bans originated mostly in west coast cities. These bans result in higher taxes and higher cost of

Fargo Leaders Are Absolutely in the Wrong to Question #NoDAPL Law Enforcement Costs

News this evening is that a group of Fargo and Cass County leaders are beginning to question the use of county/municipal law enforcement personnel and resources in the response to the #NoDAPL protests. Fargo City Commissioner John Strand (who visited the #NoDAPL protest camps to support them earlier this year), with an assist from fellow

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