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Affordable housing group finds building permits cost a little more in Grand Forks

October 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In Grand Forks, the average building permit for a $200,000 home is $1,430, according to a consulting firm. Only Minot charges more for a permit for a comparable home at $1,574. Fargo is the cheapest at $1,203. The average for the six cities surveyed is $1,383. Continue Reading

Low river levels raise fears about water supply in Red River Valley

October 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The recent rain and snow has eased but not eliminated fears that river levels will drop far enough to trigger drought contingency plans in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Other cities feel more comfortable, but their back up supplies have been threatened. Continue Reading

Grand Cities grow, but water use stays the same

October 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The area’s population is larger, but there has not been an increased demand for water. Some local utility officials speculate that fee structures have deterred more use, others say residents aren’t watering lawns as they used to. Continue Reading

Grand Forks officials: Lack of affordable housing affects growth

August 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The mayor’s blue-ribbon housing commission met for the first time Wednesday, and group members can agree not having enough affordable homes makes it hard for the city to retain residents and attract new ones. Continue Reading

Grand Forks mayor names affordable housing commission

August 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Mayor Mike Brown named on Wednesday the 20 members of a new task force charging it with “developing an accurate picture of the housing sector, come up with a set of priorities to boost the housing market and tactics that will achieve those priorities,” the city said in a news release.
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Grand Forks council to vote on zoning for big apartment complex

July 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a zoning request that would open the way for a 224-unit apartment complex near the corner of DeMers Avenue and 42nd Street. Continue Reading

Grand Forks hosts climate and energy tour

June 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The statewide National Innovations in Climate and Energy tour showcases climate and energy innovations. The tour begins in Town Square at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. Saturday. Continue Reading

Grand Forks council’s Kreun not seeking re-election

March 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Curt Kreun, elected to the Grand Forks City Council in 2000, also is a District 43 Republican representative in the North Dakota Legislature. He said he would continue to serve there. Continue Reading

UND has 3 finalists for VP job

March 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks mayor’s assistant among themPete Haga, longtime assistant to Grand Forks’ Mayor Mike Brown, is among three finalists for a new vice president position at UND charged with public affairs and outreach. Continue Reading

GF State of the City address at higher grade than State of the Union address

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown’s State of the Union address Wednesday, written at the 11th grade level. That’s more complex than most State of the Union addresses of the past 30 years. Does it matter? It depends on what you think of readability tests. Continue Reading