City Assessor Ben Hushka will retire at the end of the month. With his expertise and dedication, Ben has continued to make improvements to the City’s property appraisal process by advancing the appropriate use of technology and by attracting and coaching a high quality team to support this important function. His calm and caring demeanor has served him well when tackling difficult issues. Ben is looked upon as a subject matter expert in the State and region and has always approached the work in a fair and equitable manner. We wish you the best in the next chapter of your life, Ben, and know that you will find joy in many new adventures and time with family.
The Fargo Public Library has partnered with Fargo Public Schools to provide Fargo Public Library books to FPS students via Sora, Overdrive’s app for schools. In addition to the school’s Overdrive ebook collection, students are able to see and check out age appropriate material from the Fargo Public Library in Sora using their student ID card. The library’s all ages Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story” continues through August 15 and provides opportunities for reading and prizes; upcoming events include a Virtual Magic Show and a Virtual Magic Class by Magician Jeff Quinn and both events are available for all ages to screen through August 15; the Fargo History Hunt continues through August 15 and this year the program features 17 historical monuments, markers, statues and structures throughout Fargo
I want to congratulate John Strand and Arlette Preston on their City Commission victories. I greatly look forward to working with them as we collaborate to advance the interests of Fargo residents. I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to Commissioner Tony Grindberg for his four years of service to the City of Fargo, his work with the FM Diversion Authority and its Finance Committee, serving as a liaison to the Department of Planning and Development, his passion for special assessments reform and for being a proponent of Downtown development. Tony, I want to wish you well in your future endeavors.