Reaction to a resounding Sales Tax win: Todd Feland & Dana Sande

Todd Feland
City Administrator
City of Grand Forks

A year after voters rejected one sales tax proposal they overwhelmingly approved a second one by a margin of almost 3 to 1.  Grand Forks City Administrator Todd Feland and City Council President Dana Sande joined MacTalk to discuss their thoughts on the dramatic turnaround.

Bottom Line:  They listened to the voters.

Dana Sande
GF City Council

Concrete miracles: Brad Vollrath

Brad Vollrath
Epoxy Flooring Systems, LLC

Brad Vollrath is a Grand Forks guy, from school at West Elementary and and Forks Central to becoming a local business owner.  He started Epoxy Flooring Systems, LLC in 2005 and has been creating miracles out of concrete ever since.  Brad joined MacTalk to talk about becoming a small business owner and the unique flooring business he owns and operates.

Pierre Paul Lamoureux joins the Fargo Force

Pierre Paul Lamoureux
Red Deer Rebels
Pierre Paul Lamoureux
Associate Head Coach
Fargo Force, USHL

Grand Forks native Pierre Paul Lamoureux is the new Associate Head Coach of the Fargo Force. He joined us to talk a bit of USHL hockey and to update us on his new job assisting Cary Eades with the Fargo Force.

With stops in Red Deer of the WHL, the University of Manitoba and the University of North Dakota; and fresh of getting married, we’ll catch up with Pierre Paul and get the latest news on the Fargo Force.


Todd Feland
City Administrator
City of Grand Forks

The City Administrator for the City of Grand Forks, Todd Feland, joined us to discuss three basic questions that surround the Arbor Park issue:

(1)  What is a “Renaissance Zone Tax Benefit”?

(2)  If the development moves ahead, will the art in Arbor Park be preserved?

(3)  Is the City investing any money in this development?

Todd Feland answers these basic questions about the Arbor Park proposal that will go before the citizens of Grand Forks next week.

AREA DRUG & CRIME TRENDS: Chief Mike Hedlund, Lt Derik Zimmel & Sheriff Bob Rost

June 14, 2017, Hour 1

Is illegal drug use increasing in the Grand Forks – East Grand Forks area?  Is crime increasing due to increased drug use in the area? Or, are the numbers using drugs the same and we’re reading about them more because of the powerful nature of the drugs they are using?

We ask three longtime area law enforcement officers about their observations on drug use and crime, is it changing?  Here’s what they had to say.

BREAKING NEWS:  Bob Rost plans to run for a County Commissioner seat.

Chief Mike Hedlund,
EGF Police Department
Derik Zimmel
Bob Rost
Sheriff, GF County




Dana Sande
GF City Council

Tuesday, June 12 2017, Hour 2

Dana Sande, President of the Grand Forks City Council, is concerned about the situation the City of Grand Forks finds itself in financially as a result of a decrease in State funding of infrastructure combined with a declining City Sales Tax.  The Bottom Line – there are dark clouds on the horizon for every local government in the state.

In a pointed interview as the vote on Arbor Park gets under way, Sande expressed frustration over what he believes are falsehoods about the “standard Renaissance Zone incentives” that apply to the Ritterman project that could be built in Arbor Park if approved and emphasized the importance of this vote for much needed tax revenue and as a message to developers that Grand Forks is business friendly.

A frank and interesting interview.


Monday, June 05 2017 – Hour 2: SUNSHINE MEMORIAL HOME GROUND BREAKING — Theresa Garbe

Theresa Garbe
Sunshine Memorial Foundation

The CEO of the Sunshine Memorial Foundation, Theresa Garbe joins us to talk about the BIG ground breaking the Foundation will host tomorrow — June 6, at 4:00 PM on the Altru Campus in Grand Forks  —  933 Duke Dr, Grand Forks, ND 58201.

The Sunshine Hospitality Home will be a place for patients and their families, affected by critical illnesses, diseases, and injuries, who must travel to fulfill their healthcare needs. A hospitality house provides individuals with a place to sleep, eat, keep their belongings, relax and find comfort. It will be open to all ages and situations and will welcome families from the Grand Forks area and surrounding region. A place of compassion, a place of peace.

Monday, June 05 2017 – Hour 1: ARBOR PARK — Keith Lund

Keith Lund
President, CEO
Grand Forks Economic Development Corp.

Keith Lund, the incoming President and CEO of the Grand Forks Economic Development Corporation joins the program to discuss his thoughts on the Arbor Park issue as the vote approaches.

We talk Keith’s background, his role in City Government during the Flood of 1997, Arbor Park and the future of downtown Grand Forks.