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West Fargo's lone bowling alley closing this week

Stars and Strikes bowling alley is open on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in West Fargo. The venue, currently on its 10th year of operation under Julie Wells, will be closing permanently next year.Matt Hellman / The Forum1 / 2
Stars and Strikes bowling alley is open on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in West Fargo. The venue, currently on its 10th year of operation under Julie Wells, will be closing permanently next year.Matt Hellman / The Forum2 / 2

The last balls will roll down the lanes of West Fargo's only bowling alley this week.

Stars and Strikes bowling alley at 434 Sheyenne St. will be open for its last day of public bowling Thursday, June 2. The business will be open from 11 a.m. to about 11 p.m. before the building is demolished to make way for parking at the under-construction Sheyenne Plaza.

Julie Wells and her husband, Bryan Wells, bought the business that was built in the 1950s in 2006 and remodeled it into the eight-lane facility that has served as West Fargo's only bowling alley.

Their daughter, Allie, started bowling around the age of 6 and is now a nationally accomplished bowler who will attend Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, in the fall after graduating from Moorhead High School Sunday, June 4.

Although Julie was hesitant at first about selling the business, with Allie heading to college, she said she was ready to leave the business when she was approached by Sheyenne Plaza developers to sell the property but given a year to remain open.

Iit felt like the right choice to make, she said at the time.

Sheyenne Plaza is a $12 million, 124,000-square-foot complex that will include a mix of residential and business space, with the potential to include a small city park or gathering space that has been dubbed West Fargo's future downtown square.

Developer Todd Berning and partners started construction on the building in August. It is expected to open this winter, likely in January, said city Economic Development Director Matt Marshall.

When construction is complete, the West Fargo VFW will move into the main floor of Sheyenne Plaza and construction on a second complex, Pioneer Plaza, will begin in the 400 block of Sheyenne.

Stars and Strikes has been home to hundreds of league bowlers who compete in men's, women's, mixed and youth bowling leagues.

When it closes, the building will be demolished and converted to parking for the plaza.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and and at CBS Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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