Patrick Springer / Forum News Service
FARGO — A popular property tax exemption for farm homes granted to more than 11,000 rural North Dakota residents has been changed to broaden eligibility but require annual farm income verification to qualify. The tax exemption, which is granted to rural homeowners who meet the legal definition of a farmer, was created in response to the farm crisis of the 1980s. The North Dakota Legislature changed the income test to qualify for the property tax exemption. Eligibility used to require that 50 percent or more of a farmer’s net income came from farming activities.
FARGO — Kelly Kerber didn’t have to go far to find a job. She was in the second of three years of post-medical school training when she was offered a job as an internal medicine physician. Kerber was one of eight internal medicine residents working at Sanford Health in Fargo — five of whom signed on with Sanford. She opted to stay at Sanford, where she works as a hospitalist, despite getting bombarded with job offers from around the country.
FARGO — Aldevron has announced a significant expansion of its ability to produce proteins and enzymes to meet the demands of the booming biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The Fargo-based company now has a fermentation capacity of 1,000 liters and plans to “significantly increase” its manufacturing capability in Madison, Wis. “What’s driving this is the cell and gene therapy market,” said Tom Foti, a vice president and general manager who heads Aldevron’s operations in Madison. “A new class of proteins is getting good results.”
FARGO — Sanford Health plans a major expansion of its Roger Maris Cancer Center, including the addition of bone marrow transplant and immunotherapy programs, in a bid to make it a "destination" for cancer treatment.
FARGO — The chief of the Army Corps of Engineers told the Metro Diversion Authority board that the flood-control project is a top national priority, and federal funding is in place to begin major construction this spring. Lt. Gen.
FARGO — Members of a State Board of Higher Education oversight committee are withholding comment on an audit of the North Dakota State College of Science that found that a vice president was “directly involved” in hiring a consulting firm without disclosing that his wife works as an executive in the company.
FARGO — State auditors found that an administrator at the North Dakota State College of Science was directly involved in hiring a consulting firm that employed his wife, a link that college managers tried to hide from investigators. Tony Grindberg, the college’s vice president of workforce affairs, was involved in hiring Flint Group, where his wife, Karen Grindberg, is chief financial officer, to promote a career workforce academy the college is working to establish, according to state auditors.
FARGO — Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said it’s premature to cut interest rates based on one disappointing job growth figure — but if two or three sputtering job reports pile up, it might be appropriate to reconsider. Kashkari has consistently been a dissenting voice on the interest rate-setting Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank, and did not support many of the multiple incremental rate hikes over the past couple of years.
BOWMAN, N.D. — Robert DePalma was heading to a known fossil bed when he got a tip that persuaded him to take a detour to a cattle ranch near this southwestern North Dakota community where he would make a stunning scientific discovery. DePalma, a doctoral student in paleontology, surveyed the site, which recently had been abandoned by a private fossil collector who found some fish fossils that crumble easily, an unpromising site for salable specimens.
FARGO — Favorable melting conditions have caused Fargo leaders to drop their flood protection levels by two feet and plan to build emergency levees capable of holding back a crest of 39 feet on the Red River. The announcement on Friday, March 29, followed a flood outlook briefing by the National Weather Service that said the gradual melt that is helping to subdue flood levels along the river should continue. "It's fantastic news," Mayor Tim Mahoney said. "It's a perfect melt. I don't know how that happened."