Helmut Schmidt, Published July 22 2009
Web site gives easier access to health inspectionsFargo Cass Public Health formally unveiled an online database Tuesday that gives area residents an idea of how well Fargo and West Fargo restaurants, day care centers, hotels, tattoo parlors and other businesses fare when it comes to cleanliness and health standards.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this information,” said Public Health Director Ruth Bachmeier.
“We’re not always really savvy at taking care of our own health,” she said. The site should “help people take charge of their health.”
The reports are at
The reports have always been available, said environmental health practitioner Doug Jensen. “We are simply creating easy, convenient access.”
The system cost about $10,000 to $15,000, Bachmeier said, including inspectors’ tablet personal computers that update the Web site when new reports are filed. The money came from emergency preparedness funds, she said.
The only reports not available are for tanning facilities. Those will be added in the future, Jensen said.
The site does not include health inspections in other areas of Cass County or Minnesota, Jensen said.
The reports lay out critical and noncritical violations, with broad descriptions of each. Critical violations are highlighted in red.
Environmental health services manager Myron Berglund said more specific information from inspection reports may be added in the future.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583