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Promotion continues for city on the grow

One of West Fargo's biggest celebrations of the year is approaching next week, as the West Fargo Park District gears up for its annual Winter Days celebration at a variety of locations throughout the community.

The District does an excellent job organizing the observance, with the assistance of a number of supporting businesses.

The event continues to adjust and grow each year, with the continuation of old ever-popular events and the addition of a few new ones to add to the flavor and attraction, like this year's Silver Snowflake Search.

This week's Pioneer features a sampling of the happenings, with more details to follow next week, in addition to a special Park District insert that will outline dates, times and places for all the activities.

If you're planning to be in town the week of Jan. 18 through the 26th and looking for something special the entire family can be a part of, be sure and check out the schedule. Whether your expertise is preparing a favorite recipe for the kick-off chili cook-off event, or entertaining your children with skating, sledding and sleigh rides, there is sure to be something for everyone.

If you'd like more information right now, access the Park District's Web site at

As I was driving down Sheyenne Street last night on my way home from work, I couldn't help but notice the new City flags now replacing the Christmas decorations.

They are extremely visible and eye-appealing and excellent representation for the community, with the City logo prominent at the top, the 'welcome' word in larger letters scrolled down the middle, all followed by a smaller word strip stating 'city on the grow.'

Custom Graphics did the design, inspired by input from City officials Barry Johnson, Sharon Schacher and Eric Hanson.

Right now, they are positioned only on Sheyenne Street, but the goal is to have them on other main roadways in the future.

What a striking addition.

Congratulations to Bryan Schulz who will be heading up the Red River Valley Fair Association as its new manager.

With an extensive background in marketing and sales, governmental leadership skills, and familiarity with the community, his expertise should go a long way in attempting to pull the Fair out of its present downward spiral.

Schulz is excited about the opportunity and up to the challenge. We wish him the best.