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.
FARGO — Cass County officials are worried that the county’s sandbag-filling operation will be overshadowed by Fargo’s Sandbag Central. Cass County is gearing up its flood-fighting preparations and is asking for volunteers to fill 300,000 sandbags starting Wednesday, March 27. Sandbag Central in Fargo, which opens Tuesday, is aiming to make 1 million sandbags. County officials are hoping for at least 60 volunteers at a time to keep the county’s sandbag-filling “spider” machine operating at full capacity.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decided Friday not to carry out an environmental review of two permits affecting about 195 acres of former forestland that R.D. Offutt Co. plans to convert to potato fields. R.D. Offutt Co., based in Fargo, planned extensive conversion of forestland into cropland in Cass, Hubbard, Becker and Wadena counties in northwest Minnesota. Initially the company had sought groundwater appropriation permits for 54 wells to irrigate farm fields.