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Check out the school's two newest facilities

Where has the summer gone?

You can tell it's winding down when school starts.

The magical day for that in West Fargo is next Monday, Aug. 27.

Two brand-new state of the art school buildings will be welcoming students. For those wishing to know more, turn to the mid-section of this week's paper which is devoted to providing an 'inside look' via photos and pertinent information about how you can view the facilities, details on personnel changes at the various schools, along with valuable back-to-school night dates and times.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies open to the public will be held at the all-new Aurora Elementary School and the Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. respectively on Tuesday evening, Aug. 28. Self-guided tours and refreshments will follow each program - the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to see the District's newest additions.

With school starting, traffic is obviously going to pick up again in school zone areas.

I've traveled 9th Street by the high school many, many times this summer, only to be tailed very closely by drivers who obviously don't understand it's a school zone. For many, especially those with cell phones plugged to their ears, this is true no matter what time of the year it is. They just flagrantly ignore the rules.

The traffic sign says speed limit 15 mph when children are present. And once you exit the school zone the speed increases to 30 mph. This is going to be a real wake-up call Monday when students are present and drivers will have to slow down.

The West Fargo Police Department does an excellent job of monitoring the area. I hope they're out in full force the first several weeks to keep these drivers in check.

It's a safety issue, and one that can't be ignored.

If you heard the sound of loud engines buzzing your rooftops late Saturday night, it was the second round of aerial mosquito spraying in the City this summer season.

The spraying was spurred, not by large counts of mosquitoes in the traps, but instead by the threat of the big 'bugs' that carry the threat of the West Nile Virus.

Mosquito control has been excellent this year, with the problem almost non-existent.

City officials said this will likely be the last aerial spray of the season.

At $10,000 a time, that's good news. However, even with the aerial expense, mosquito control dollars are still sitting at a good level this year. The fund is replenished by a $.50 surcharge residents pay monthly on their sewer and water bills.

I think everyone would agree, especially the last couple of years, this is truly money nobody minds paying.

It's great not to have those little pests buzzing and biting.