Fargo Limits How Much Juice Day-Care Kids Can Drink

Is this one of the commission members? Huh

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo is cracking down on juice consumption in day cares facilities.

Children attending day care in the city may drink no more than six ounces of juice per day, and only pure-juice products are allowed, according to a new ordinance passed by the City Commission at a June 23 meeting,

“Juice shall only be provided to children 12 months and older, and shall not be provided in a bottle,”the new ordinance states. “Only 100 percent juice shall be permitted and children shall receive no more than six ounces per day.”

The ordinance says “Beverages with added sweeteners, whether artificial or natural, shall not be provided to children.”

The five-member commission passed the ordinance on the consent agenda with no debate or comment from the commissioners.

Tony Gehrig, who campaigned for a seat on the commission but lost in June, says these ordinances go too far.

“I am the authority on my child’s well-being, not our city commissioners,” he told Watchdog.

“My day care reports to me my son’s activities and what he consumes, and if my day care is not performing up to my standards, then the free-market solution is to fire them. This law is unnecessary, intrusive and an attempt to replace [parents] as the authority on their child.”

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Piglets scattered for several miles along I-29

Just wait until PETA hears about this! Shocked

BUXTON, N.D. – Piglets were falling out of a truck and onto Interstate 29 for several miles near here Wednesday until the driver eventually noticed, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

There were “dead pigs all over the road,” Sgt. Greg Smith said.

The driver of the 2014 Volvo truck was apparently unaware that piglets he was transporting from Winnipeg to Iowa were tumbling out of the vehicle about 11 a.m.

“They were kind of scattered for several miles,” Smith said of the piglets.

The Traill County Sheriff’s Office was first to respond. The Highway Patrol followed and “scooped up all the deceased pigs,” Smith said.

It is unclear whether the piglets were alive or dead before dropping onto the interstate at high speed.

The Highway Patrol recovered 12 piglets in total, Smith said. There were no crashes as a result of the piglets on the road, though running over one of them could have been dangerous, he said

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Omdahl: Reservation parochialism is not the answer


While Native-Americans deserve a greater share of the public resources, performance and accountability must be integral parts in the delegation of more authority. Simply strengthening the parochialism of reservations is not an answer.

Which “public resources” are those? Is Lloyd willing to share his lavish government benefits?Huh

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Letter: Wage increase is a win-win

Lee subscribes to the “broken window theory” of economics. How much of his government benefits is Lee willing to forgo to pay for the increase? Huh

Letter: Wage increase is a win-win
By Lee Purrier, Park Rapids, Minn. Today at 3:59 p.m.

Despite the claims that increasing the minimum wage would hurt the economy, the exact opposite is true for everyone, including businesses. Doing even the most basic math, there are 28 million people who would get a $3-per-hour raise. That means $84 million that will be returned to the economy almost immediately since workers at that level have immediate needs to spend it on.

Going to the next level, assuming a 30-hour work- week, $2.52 billion would be generated per week, and that expands to $131.04 billion per year, all of which would be used to buy necessities, pay bills, even pay some taxes. If you add in the 1.6 buying power factor for each dollar spent in that income level, the amount grows to

$209.66 billion per year – quite a stimulus at no government expense.

Who besides the recipients would benefit? Businesses, of course, since consumer buying power stimulates demand, and businesses have the power to raise prices a small percentage to offset increased wages to maintain or even increase their profit margins. Government (thereby the people) benefits through increased taxes and reduction in poverty outlays such as food stamps.

Seems Congress has a struggle with basic math and reality. Or is it just to say “no” to anything proposed by the Obama administration to take even a modest move toward closing the income gap between the very rich and the struggling working class?

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Letter: Ashamed of council’s vote

Emma is an “organizer/agitator” and a member of the DFL. Roll Eyes

Letter: Ashamed of council’s vote
By Emma Connell from Moorhead on Jul 18, 2014 at 11:30 p.m.
I was incredibly disappointed to see the Moorhead City Council’s decision to oppose Churches United’s proposed apartment complex for the homeless. This decision was one made by convenience rather than the decision to use the authority of the council to make the community a better place. When our local politicians do what is politically comfortable rather than what is right, they turn their backs on the community.

Moorhead is not just comprised of middle-class families in comfortable housing. We have a very real need for assistance housing, as our homeless population has only increased in recent years. According to the Wilder Report on Fargo-Moorhead homelessness, almost 900 members of our community were homeless in 2012, of which 17 percent were children.

By choosing to oppose this housing initiative, our city council has determined that the comfort of the voting middle class is far more important than providing basic amenities for our most underrepresented population. Our community should be one of compassion and concern, not one in which we turn our backs on our fellow citizens.

Unfortunately, this most recent vote is a step backward for our community, and I am ashamed of it.

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Letter: Hold oil industry, government accountable for common good

Liz Fordahl pretends to be just a “concerned citizen.”  Roll Eyes

Letter: Hold oil industry, government accountable for common good
By: Liz Fordahl, Grand Forks
Why should the Red River Valley care about the rampant oil development in western North Dakota? The negative impact of oil development hasn’t reached Grand Forks or Fargo.

The Red River Valley hasn’t experienced price-gauging, housing scarcity, the vanishing stars due to flaring, oil spills, illegal dumping of radioactive waste, overcrowded schools, rape, murder, leasing schemes unfavorable to landowners, severe population growth, destroyed roads, polluted water, or man camps. Williston, Watford City and Tioga have. People who live there no longer feel safe. They feel that their North Dakota has been lost.

In contrast, the Red River Valley has experienced abundant tax revenue, construction booms, funding for schools and a general insulation from the economic recession that began in 2008 and has devastated most of the United States.

In 1997, when Grand Forks was in dire straits, the rest of the state and country, even Bill Clinton, showed up to help and show support. School districts across the state welcomed displaced students. Why aren’t we reciprocating that support? North Dakota is experiencing crisis.

The Red River Valley holds the weight of the state population and therefore the weight of the Legislature. The way I see it, it is our moral obligation and political responsibility to vote in favor of those without a strong voice – the residents of western North Dakota.

McKenzie County has two state representatives and one senator. They also carry the most oil impact and oil tax revenue. By contrast, Grand Forks and Fargo combined have 32 representatives and 16 senators.

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Sobriety checkpoints fading

What’s the matter; did the federal funds for this cat and mouse game dry up? Huh

FARGO – Sobriety checkpoints appear to be one of the casualties of Police Department staffing shortages here.

Since the department started running checkpoints in the fall of 2004, it has conducted 60 of them, leading to 174 total drunken-driving arrests.

The number of checkpoints has steadily fallen since 2005, though. From the high point that year of 11, they’ve held steady or decreased each year. Fargo police operated four each year in 2012 and 2013.

Sgt. Jim Kringlie said no sobriety checkpoints have been conducted in Fargo so far this year.

Kringlie said the department likes to have at least 10 officers working at each checkpoint in order to run it safely. A sobriety checkpoint under consideration for June had to be scrapped for lack of staff, he said.

The department is down seven officers, Lt. Joel Vettel said last week.

When police set up a DUI checkpoint, officers check for signs of intoxication for drivers of all vehicles that come through a stretch of road. Those who show some signs are pulled over for further testing.

Between 2007 and 2013, checkpoints produced an average of more than two arrests a night in just two years.

Checkpoint plans are publicized by police in the days beforehand, though specific locations and times aren’t announced in advance.

Publicity is one reason there aren’t many arrests made at checkpoints, Kringlie said.

The department is also required to post signs alerting drivers that a checkpoint is coming up, and there has to be a route they can take that gives drivers an out to avoid it, he said.

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Taylor Brorby Makes Demands

Mr. Rainbow tie talks tough! Shocked

David Scott Crew ·  Top Commenter · SAU Tech
Someone needs to poke this guy’s bloated ego with a very sharp pin.
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Taylor Brorby
Writer, environmentalist

Dear Baby Boomers, Step Aside
Millennials like pretty much the same thing: A job. Over the course of our existence we’ve been told we’re special, have been enrolled in numerous activities from piano lessons and soccer to football and debate team. We’ve logged numerous volunteer hours, studied for the ACT and SAT, praying to get into a good college. After our four years of learning and growing intellectually, we were promised a good job — and those jobs were ripped away from us.

So we adapted. We worked at Starbucks, who could offer us insurance; worked as interns (which has now become the standard for employers to test us out to see if we’re “hirable”) with no pay for 20 or more hours a week; refocused our dreams; and we have hoped to be able to pay off our exorbitant college debt, which the Institute for College Access & Success estimates is an average of $29,400, up 63 percent in less than a decade. We have done all of this while living in our parents’ basements.

Some of us were told to go to graduate school, taking on more debt, being advised that this would set us ahead of the competition. And after graduation we found — and continue to find — that the economy is still lagging.

You, dear baby boomers, as CNN reports, love to work past retirement. Only eleven percent of you plan to stop working entirely and, as AARP reports, boomers plan to work “until they drop.” As Brian Sozzi, the chief equity strategist of Belus Capital Advisor reports, 76 million baby boomers control 70 percent of household wealth.

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Board Illegal Aliens For Fun And Profit!


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The oldest living person smokes cigarettes?

What kind of joke is this? Shocked

A Brazilian man whose parents were African slaves could be the oldest living person ever documented after receiving a birth cerficate showing he turned 126 last week, it was reported on Tuesday.
Jose Aguinelo dos Santos was born on July 7 1888, just two months after slavery was abolished in Brazil – the last country in the world to outlaw the trade.
Yet the batchelor, who never married or had children, still walks without a stick, eats four meals a day and has no health problems – despite smoking a packet of cigarettes a day for the last 50 years.
Jose – known simply as Ze – was apparently 26 when the First World War broke out, and already a pensioner at 65 when Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne.
If the birth certificate is genuine, he would have been 52 when Brazil football legend Pele was born – and 62 when Brazil last hosted the World Cup, in 1950.
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