Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO — While Alaska residents will get nearly $1,900 each this year from a state oil wealth trust fund, it could lead North Dakotans to wonder why their state doesn’t do the same. The answer is simple. In North Dakota, it would be unconstitutional, said John Walstad, legal division director for the state’s Legislative Council.
FARGO — In the wake of a police lieutenant’s suicide, city leaders are considering an external review of human resources policies for all city departments. Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney said city leaders are considering the outside review, in part, because of concerns raised by former Police Department employees and the suicide of department veteran Lt.
FARGO — Mayor Dennis Walaker wasn’t diagnosed with kidney cancer until after his re-election in June, he said in a statement released Monday afternoon. In the statement, Walaker, 73, asked for “continued support and prayers” during his fight with cancer. The emailed statement marks the first time the mayor has communicated publicly since he announced through a spokeswoman late last month that he had undergone treatment for renal cell carcinoma, a common form of kidney cancer. Walaker said he first started feeling “under the weather” while attending a family wedding in Vermont in July, a mon
FARGO — Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker has been battling kidney cancer and undergoing radiation treatment over the past several weeks. After radiation treatment for renal cell carcinoma, Walaker, 73, experienced weakness and was hospitalized, city spokeswoman Karena Carlson said in a news release Friday. He’s now recovering at home and is expected to return to his normal mayoral duties within seven to 10 days. Walaker, who won his third and final mayoral term in June, does not plan to resign, said City Commissioner and Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney. “He’s planning on being back in the saddle in two
FARGO — About 2,300 structures will be thrown into the floodplain in Fargo come Jan.
WASHINGTON – The Democratic challenger for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House of Representatives seat outraised Republican incumbent Rep. Kevin Cramer in the last quarter. State Sen. George Sinner raised nearly $350,000 from April 1 to June 30 while Cramer raised about $236,000, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Sinner also spent more in the three-month period, with expenditures totaling $109,160, while Cramer spent $86,852 from April through June.
FARGO — Two Democratic challengers vying for seats on the state’s Public Service Commission are accusing the Republican incumbents of “governing by emergency” and of failing to lead when it comes to rail access and safety. Sen.
FARGO — The public will have a chance to see a to-scale piece of the $1.8 billion metro-area diversion channel in action this month. An open house is scheduled July 24 to view the diversion’s only physical model, with one caveat — it’s located in Rosemount, Minn., a four-hour drive from Fargo. The $2.6 million, 80-by-70-foot model shows the project’s Maple River Aqueduct, where the diversion channel would pass under the Maple River northwest of West Fargo. Diversion officials say the purpose of the model is to inform engineering teams how the project will work in the real world. “I think t
FARGO — When it came to choosing a new CEO, the board of directors for the state’s top health insurer decided to go with what they know. Tim Huckle was named the new president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota on Monday, following the firing of Paul von Ebers in May. Huckle, the company’s chief operating officer, had been serving as interim CEO. It was a “very logical” decision and the board voted unanimously, said Vice Chairman Dale Klein.
FARGO — A new proposal by proponents of a $1.8 billion metro-area flood diversion could double the project’s potential special assessments for Cass County property owners, though diversion officials still say those fees will never be assessed. To fast-track the massive flood-control project, diversion officials had previously floated the idea of using a $450 million bond, with the loan backed by a special assessment district covering 40,000 benefitting parcels across the county. Members of the Diversion Authority’s finance subcommittee decided this week to assume that loan would actually be