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FARGO—Cass County commissioners are debating whether to seek back taxes from rural residents whose applications for a farm-home property tax exemption have been denied. The possible crackdown came up in a discussion at the Cass County Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 18, when commissioners were briefed on the results of an audit of farm-home exemptions, expected to conclude this fall.
FARGO — Island Park, established in 1910, is the city's oldest. Lindenwood Campground followed 11 years later, evolving in time to become Lindenwood Park. Now the two leafy parks, jewels in the crown, could be in store for a makeover. Or at least they will be the subject of extensive planning and surveying of residents to determine what, if any, changes would help the parks better serve the growing city's recreational needs.
FARGO—Ken Koehler has been a regular presence among picketers outside the Red River Women's Clinic and its predecessor for more than 35 years in his enduring crusade to end abortion. Along with his like-minded counterparts, he has had the occasional satisfaction of persuading a woman not to enter the clinic to end her pregnancy. Koehler admits, however, that those triumphs are sporadic, often months apart.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Fourth of July fireworks display near the Pavillion on the shore of Detroit Lake draws throngs of spectators who line the beach for a mile while others crane their necks from their perches on an armada of pontoon boats. The annual aerial display, which has grown over the decades, is reflected on the water, adding a shimmering mirror image to the pyrotechnics. Smaller versions, private displays from the hundreds of people who live around the lake, add more celebratory color and noise.
MANDAN, N.D.—North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani has a renewed contract that runs to 2020 following action by the State Board of Higher Education. The state board, meeting on Thursday, June 28, gave contract extensions to six of the North Dakota University System's 11 campus presidents through June 30, 2020, following routine evaluations of their performance. The contract renewals did not come with salary increases, given the slumping revenues that have plagued state government for the past two years. Bresciani's annual salary remains $354,568.
WEST FARGO — Farmers will rally at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 27, hours before President Donald Trump will stump for Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who is trying to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in the North Dakota Senate race.
FARGO — North Dakota Republican leaders reportedly have been informed by Will Gardner that he intends to follow through with his planned withdrawal from the secretary of state race. Gardner, who was the endorsed GOP candidate and the only Republican on the ballot in the secretary of state race in the primary on Tuesday, June 12, came away with 93 percent of the vote.
FARGO -- Will Gardner, the endorsed Republican candidate for secretary of state, drew 93 percent of the vote in unofficial returns in the GOP primary despite withdrawing from the race after news reports surfaced of his arrest years ago for window peeping. Republicans gave write-in candidates 7 percent of the vote in the North Dakota primary Tuesday, June 12, with 396 of 424 precincts reporting in unofficial, incomplete results.
FARGO — North Dakota State University's vice president for research will step down earlier than planned and faces new allegations of creating a hostile workplace as well as gender discrimination in an office accused of allowing "man bashing." Kelly Rusch will leave her post on July 1 and will become a tenured faculty member in civil and environmental engineering. Rusch had given notice in January that she would be "seeking opportunities outside of NDSU" after a comprehensive review reported scathing criticisms of her administration of scientific research.
FARGO — A new review of rural Cass County residents who applied for farm home tax exemptions could add the property value equivalent of the entire town of Kindred, N.D., back to the county's tax rolls.