Mark Your Calendar for the Historic Home Expo

Mark your calendar for Fargo’s first-ever Historic Home Expo on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centennial Hall in the Fargo Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Fargo Historic Preservation Commission. You will find lots of information and practical advice on how to care for and maintain old houses.

  • Steve Thomas, former host of “This Old House” speaks at 10 a.m.
  • Local experts will present short workshops on weatherization, heating and air conditioning, restoration and repair of windows, and other topics relevant to old houses.
  • Remodeling contractors will have booths at the show.

There will also be an Architectural Salvage Sale at the Historic Home Expo. This may be your opportunity to replace that special doorknob or missing piece of trim. The Historic Home Expo is free and open to the public.

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12th Annual MLK Event at Fargo Theatre

The Fargo Human Relations Commission will host a celebration in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway. The event is free and open to the public. The 12th annual event will feature performances by local musicians, the 50-voice Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Choir, artwork by local elementary students, video presentations by MSUM Film Studies students and Fargo Human Relations Award presentations by Mayor Dennis Walaker.

The Fargo Human Relations Award will be presented to the following individuals and organization that have made significant contributions to the area of human relations in the FM community:

  • Howard Barlow is a resident of Fargo who has worked tirelessly on issues of homelessness and hunger and who advocates for equality for all citizens. 
  • Abby Roche and Kayla Smith are North High students and founders of the youth-led initiative “Spread the Word to End the Word,” which refers to the use of the word retarded to describe students who may have special needs or students who may have done something that displayed poor judgment. 
  • Handi Wheels, Inc. is being awarded for its efforts to provide affordable transportation services for disabled patrons and others in a discrimination-free manner. 

Each award recipient’s accomplishments will be highlighted in a video presentation. Artwork completed by Lincoln and Kennedy Elementary students highlighting the program’s theme “Wheels on the Dream”, which includes a mural depicting the students’ dreams for the future, as well as a series of individual collages, will be on display in the Fargo Theatre lobby.

Those attending this event are invited to help support transportation needs in our community by donating to the FM Community Bicycle Workshop.  A free-will offering will be taken during the course of the event.

For more information on the MLK event, contact the Fargo Department of Planning and Development at planning@cityoffargo.com or 701-241-1474.

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Residents Reminded To Clear and De-Ice Sidewalks

With recent freezing rain and snow, Fargo Public Works reminds residents to clear and de-ice their sidewalks.  The warm conditions this winter have provided Fargo residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and in order to ensure continued public safety, Publics Works recommends all property owners and occupants take the needed measures to clear all snow and ice from sidewalks fronting or adjoining their property in accordance with City Ordinance 18-0301 “Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks”. 

Ordinance 18-0301 states all owners or occupants of any building or grounds within the city fronting upon or adjoining any street, when a sidewalk exists, shall clear the sidewalk in front of or adjoining such building and grounds or unoccupied lot or building, as the case may be, of snow and ice to the width of such sidewalk on or before nine o’clock p.m.

For more information on Fargo City Ordinance 18-0301 visit the City of Fargo web site at www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/Auditor/Ordinances.

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City of Fargo Holiday Schedule for Jan. 2 – 6, 2012

Fargo City offices will be closed Monday, January 2, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. All Fargo Public Library locations will be closed New Year’s Day and January 2.

Garbage and recycling collection will run as follows:
January 2 – 6:
Monday collection will be on Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collections will be on schedule. The Landfill and Household Hazardous Waste building will be closed on Monday, January 2.  

Christmas trees will be collected the week of January 9, 2012. More information about tree collection is available online at www.fargogarbage.com.

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City of Fargo Holiday Schedule for Dec. 26 – 30

FARGO, N.D. (Dec. 22, 2011) – Fargo City offices will be closed Monday, December 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday. All Fargo Public Library locations will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 24 and will remain closed all day on December 25 and 26.

Garbage and recycling collection will run as follows:
Dec. 26 – Dec. 30:
Monday collection will be on Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collections will be on schedule. The Landfill and Household Hazardous Waste building will be closed on Monday, December 26.  

Christmas trees will be collected the week of January 9, 2012. More information about tree collection is available online at www.fargogarbage.com.

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City Offices Closed on Veteran’s Day

Fargo City offices will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2011, in honor of the Veteran’s Day holiday.  The Fargo Public Library and its branch locations will also be closed.  Garbage and recycling collection will run as scheduled and the SanitaryLandfill will be open.

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“The Fargo Project” Community Meeting Scheduled November 5

The City of Fargo is inviting residents to join a new community program called “The Fargo Project”, to help create a local community art and park project. Over the next year, city staff, community leaders, artists, engineers and specialists from all over the community will be working together to redefine and recreate the public outdoor spaces in our neighborhoods with the goal of incorporating the cultural influences that are important to our community.

We encourage residents to join the discussion and offer input and guidance on the project at our upcoming community meeting on November 5:

Where: Dr. James Carlson Public Library, 2801 32nd Ave. S., in the Community Room.

When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Who: Free and open to the public.

For more information: www.thefargoproject.com or contact Nicole Crutchfield at ncrutchfield@cityoffargo.com or 297-7782.

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Go2030 Speaker Forum to Focus on “The Emotional Landscape”

Everyone is invited to attend the next Go2030 Comprehensive Plan Speaker Forum on Tuesday, November 8, as University of Minnesota Professor of Landscape Architecture, Rebecca Krinke, discusses “The Emotional Landscape”. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Commission Room at Fargo City Hall, 200 3rd St. N. It will be broadcast live on TV Fargo 12 and online at www.cityoffargo.com/streaming.

Place and emotion are strongly intertwined but often overlooked in thinking about cities, design, and people’s experiences. Landscape architect and sculptor Rebecca Krinke will discuss her recent participatory public artworks that explore place and emotion, with a focus on her recent project, The Mapping of Joy and Pain. In broad terms, her work deals with issues related to trauma and recovery – moving from individuals to societies to ecosystems and back again. Her talk is co-presented by the Plains Art Museum and the City of Fargo. Visit www.rebeccakrinke.com/ to learn more about Krinke and her work.

This event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. Learn more about the Go2030 Comprehensive Plan and upcoming events at www.go2030.net.

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Yard Waste Pick-up Underway; Depositing Yard Waste on Roads Prohibited

Street sweepers are out in full force in the City of Fargo, and they are concentrating their efforts on clearing leaves. If left to accumulate, leaves can plug storm sewers and cause water to back up when it rains.  The Fargo Street Department would like to remind residents that City Ordinance prohibits depositing leaves and other yard wastes on streets, sidewalks, and alleys. Piles of yard waste left on roadways can slow street sweeping operations by forcing crews to return to an area more than once due to residents placing leaves on the street after they have been through, or forcing them to go around piles that are too large.

 

The Solid Waste Department is currently collecting yard waste from residences and will continue through Cleanup Week in May, 2012. All waste must be deposited in bags or boxes and placed at least 5-feet away from the garbage cart.  Every attempt is made to collect yard waste on a resident’s garbage day, however, due to high volumes of waste the collection truck may run behind at times.

 

For more information on yard waste recycling, please visit the Solid Waste Department’s website:  http://www.cityoffargo.com/Residential/CityServices/Recycling/Yardwaste.

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FEMA Provides Free Online Floodplain Remapping & Flood Insurance Training Course

A free flood related resource is now available for lenders and insurance agents. FEMA has launched an online video training course that explores the impact FEMA floodplain mapping changes have on insurance agents and lenders, as well as their clients.

The short course will explain how you can better service insureds and borrowers by understanding how mapping changes affect rates, premiums, and the mandatory purchase of flood insurance. Know how to best help your clients both before and after map changes.

This course is available 24 hours a day, so you can participate when it’s convenient for you.

Access the FEMA training course and additional public outreach and education tools at www.fargofloodinsurance.com.

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