A DANGEROUS MIX… PERMITLESS CARRY & NO TRAINING: Sheriff Bob Rost

Bob Rost
Sheriff, GF County

Permitless Carry for gun owners is a dream come true for some and a cause for concern among law enforcement professional.

Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost joins us to discuss the basics of life for law enforcement officers now that permitless carry is the law in North Dakota and his concerns about untrained citizens wielding weapons with law enforcement officers in proximity.

VALIDATING THE NEED FOR ANOTHER TAX: Terry Bjerke

Terry Bjerke

My former Grand Forks City Council colleague Terry Bjerke joined the program to talk the prospects of a new sales tax discussion in Grand Forks. Terry is no stranger to the the details of this discussion and walks us through what he believes to be the basics of the any substantive discussion on additional revenue for the City:

  1. ASSUMPTION:  Declining City Sales Tax Revenue & declining State Infrastructure Funding will both return to “historically normal” levels within five years
  2. REVIEW & DEFINE RESERVES HELD IN THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNTS:   Loan & Stabilization, Economic Development, JDA, Cash Carryover
  3. DEFINE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED:  a finite prioritized list of those projects to be funded by additional taxes levied on the citizens of Grand Forks

With these fiscal pieces in place, Terry believes an empirically based debate can be held on the size and length of additional taxes that the City may need to levy on the citizens of Grand Forks.

THOUGHTS ON ANOTHER POLICE KILLING & A NEW SALES TAX: Mac

Mac

Australian native and Minneapolis resident Justine Damond is dead, and so far there is no explanation as to how an innocent woman is dead at the hands of Twins Cities police officers which is disturbing.  Mac has thoughts about the type of training that police officers who patrol our streets require in order to eliminate these kind of incidents.

Mac also gives his thoughts on the revenue situation in which the City of Grand Forks finds itself.  Assuming that the infrastructure claims of the City of Grand Forks are valid (we’ll talk about that with Terry Bjerke this week!), IS THE ONLY ISSUE TO DISCUSS A CHOICE BETWEEN RAISING ADDITIONAL REVENUE THROUGH A SALES TAX OR VIA A COMBINATION OF PROPERTY TAX AND WATER RATE INCREASES?

POLICE SHOOTINGS & TAX MEASURES: Mike McNamara

Mac

The latest police killing in Minneapolis is disturbing to say the least… we wait for answers.  We’ll talk about it.

With State aid for infrastructure to Cities being reduced and sales tax revenue continuing to fall, does the City of Grand Forks have an choice in raising taxes?   If the citizens of Grand Forks don’t approve a sales tax increase, will the necessary taxes simply be levied via property taxes and enterprise funds? We’ll talk about it.

 

BOB ROST INTENDS TO RUN FOR COUNTY COMMISSION — Sheriff Bob Rost

Bob Rost
Sheriff, GF County

June 14, 2017, Hour 1

Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost joined MacTalk to discuss drugs and crime that might be associated with drug use.  Is there a change afoot in the area?

As our interview wound down and we began discussing the danger of ATV’s, traffic fines in North Dakota (he thinks they’re a joke) and his personal future after his term expires in 2018, Rost plainly stated the following “I’m going to run for County Commission I think.”

 

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
Lt, GFPD
Bob Rost
Sheriff, GF County