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.
Jaime is a Grand Forks resident and has built HB Sound & Light into a strong region business, he’s also a straight shooter when it comes to securing your home or business. “Home Security” has changed immensely over the years as technology has made sensors, alarms and cameras more affordable and cell phones and the internet have brought all of these devices to the palm of your hand 24/7.
Spring means it’s road construction season again. John Bernstrom from the City of Grand Forks, Office of Public Information joins us to lay out the major construction projects they City will execute this spring and summer and how they will impact drivers.
We talk with GFPD’s Lt Derek Zimmel about the pro’s and con’s of making public comments on news generated by social media in the wake of an incident in Grand Forks which is still awaiting a complaint to reach the GFPD. Zimmel discusses the conditions under which the Police Department should react and what’s the downside if they don’t.
The Head Coach of the UND Women’s Hockey Team, Brian Idalski, joined MacTalk to discuss the Team’s decision to fight UND President Mark Kennedy’s decision to terminate their program.
What’s at stake? “If this goes away it’s not coming back and that’s a huge loss for not only the NCAA and the college hockey community, that’s a huge loss for youth players, that’s a huge loss for younger players who have aspirations of getting to this level.”
Were you shocked? “We weren’t on the list in the fall to stand before a group and talk about these things and to say why our program is important to the University,” he continued “there was no discussion and I think that’s what’s made it hard for our player to move on.”
What can you run the hockey program for? “I really think I can operate a first class program at 1.3 (million dollars) .” The Budget that UND released was $1.9 million dollars, Idalski said he didn’t really understand how UND arrived at that number.
The next step: “That’s not my realm when it comes to finance or fundraising at that level. I know some people have reached out and if we can make some headway and start making some gains and do that, perhaps we can sit at a table and have a conversation.”
“Solving addiction is possible in Grand Forks” David Whitesock, a native of Thompson ND and the Chief Data Officer at Face It Together stated today on MacTalk.
How? “Grand Forks has all the pieces in place to put a community program together that will address addiction and we’re anxious to be part of that discussion” Whitesock said. Face It Together supports communities by providing tools that solve addiction.
The most astounding piece of information that Whitesock shared in the interview was the estimated annual cost per employee of addiction to employers — a staggering $1,700 — that’s per employee, per year. That cost has the attention of employers and bringing that number down is not only good for the community, it’s good for the bottom line of all businesses.
The community “listening session” in Grand Forks is one of the events orchestrated by Mayor Mike Brown, and will lead to the formation of a Blue Ribbon Task Force on addiction.
Monique Lamoureux joined Mike McNamara tonight for a SPECIAL UPDATE after the historic four-year agreement between the United States Women’s National Hockey Team and USA Hockey which will allow the Women’s Team to compete in the 2017 IIHF World Championship that begins this Friday.
Monique talks about the pride they felt as the Nation embraced their struggle, the support of former players, college and high school players and the feeling when 16 U.S. Senators publicly supported them.