Thursday, July 13, 2006

Newsbits: city website, Hansen Ford

Changes to city website...
The long-overdue update to the city of Grand Forks' website is finished. Check it out here. It's nice to see that the city realized that something had to be done to the city's depressing and inadequate website.

I haven't had too much time to check out the changes. However, at first glance it looks like a bit more effort could have been spent making the site more attractive and up-to-date. Still, I'm very happy to see that forms have been added for citizens to make requests about repairs to streetlights and sidewalks. This was something that I suggested to the city some time ago. Not sure why it took so long to implement...

I'll have to spend some time tomorrow checking out the site a bit more thoroughly. In my opinion, any changes were an improvement over the old site. However, the website should be as attractive and user friendly as possible...this is our official presence on the Internet!

Hansen Ford to change name?
Rumor has it that Hansen Ford is in the process of being sold and the name could likely change as a result.

Considering the Rydell family's penchant for expansion - and their fortune - could "Rydell Ford" be on the way? That's just speculation on my part, though.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome back.

In your absence, the GF blogging community went kinda' crazy on the city website. (Check out Grand Forks City Beat) And it was none too flattering.

I have to admit, they certainly didn't have very high expectations for themselves ;)

dale said...

If there's one thing that Wes Rydell's ostentatious house on Belmont and 32nd says to me, it's "I already have enough of your money." The guy's garage is listed by the city as being worth more than my house! (And before you laugh about my house, his garage is worth over $200,000) I think if it becomes "Rydell Ford," I'll do my car shopping out of the area. I bought my latest car from Hanson and was pretty happy with the purchase.

Anonymous said...

I can't get on Another GF Blog today. "URL not found." Is it just me or has CoffeeGuy called it quits?

Dave Miller said...

this is our official presence on the Internet! This comment sums it up GFGuy. I WENT OFF on WENT OFF on my show today. I don't normally talk local stuff at all. I live in Sioux Falls and don't talk local items, but I could not (and probably wont) let this go. I had to speak.

There is that scene in Top Gun where Mav and Goose do the flyby at Miramar and are called into Jester's office. The tower captain is yelling and screaming that he want's some butt's and he want's them now. That's how I feel.

(if this is a double post I apologize)

Anonymous said...

Dave,

I couldn't agree more and have said so on various blogs, but if you want to see a GF site that's doing things slightly better and is also a first impression for visitors to GF, try

visitgrandforks.com

Anonymous said...

Check out the CVB's Visitor Guide. You can request online. It rocks.

Conservative Yahoo said...

If I remember correctly there would never have been a "Hansen Anything" without Rydell's help.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see the Starlite come back to that location.

Good Ol' Boy said...

I understand it is an out of state consortium of buyers that purchased Hansen's. They own a large group of dealerships already. There is talk of a new dealership west of I-29 for the Ford products, and Toyota will move to the current site on 32nd.

Just heard that, that's all I'm saying....

Dave Miller said...

Am I right or wrong... wasn't the CVB website (visitgrandforks.com) built with $15K or $19K in funding? One of those two numbers come to mind. And wasn't this site build by a company in california? I've been out of the loop so if I'm wrong correct me. Nonetheless, that's more what grandforksgov.com should have been shooting for.

GrandForksGuy said...

Interesting news, GOB...thanks for sharing it. I'm sure a new Ford dealership would be very impressive. The current Hansen's building is very nice...I would be interested in seeing what an even newer building would be like.

I'm also wondering how the new Muscatell Subaru dealership that is planned for west of I-29 is coming along...I haven't heard anything lately.

IR Fletcher said...

Dave, you are wrong. GFCVB design work is done by a local (regional) company. It's the same agency that did the work for Dakota Harvest Bakers.

It would be nice to have a more aggresive toyota dealership in town. I've never been impressed with hansen toyota.

Anonymous said...

Rumor I heard is that the selling of Hansen does not include the Toyota dealership.

Dave Miller said...

Thanks for correcting me IR.

Conservative Yahoo said...

I heard Friday night the whole works was sold, even the Toyota.
They've been hurting ever since they built the new building.

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