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Looking back at 2010: A year in review (Part 2)

June 2010

Outgoing West Fargo City Commissioner Bryan Schulz ended his eight years of service to the city by being presented with a special recognition plaque by Mayor Rich Mattern during his last city commission meeting.

Longtime West Fargo resident Lucille Gaugler celebrated her 90th birthday with an open house for family and friends at the West Fargo Cooperative Living Center.

Mrs. West Fargo, Tara Miller, won the title of Mrs. North Dakota America 2010 in state competition. She also won the fitness, personal challenge and evening gown competitions.

Incumbent Rich Mattern was victorious in the West Fargo Mayoral race with 54 percent of the vote, beating our challengers Mike Thorstad with 44 percent of the vote and Peter Karl with 2.21 percent.

Incumbent Lou Bennett was re-elected to his third term as West Fargo City Commissioner, along with newcomer Duane Hanson, who had previously served on the West Fargo School Board.

In the West Fargo Park Board race, incumbents Sharon Odegaard and Denise Johnson were re-elected along with newcomer Jeff McCracken.

Incumbents Karen Nitzkorski and Angela Korsmo were re-elected to their positions on the West Fargo School Board, along with newcomers Judy Kvaale and David Olson.

DeWitt and Marlene Batterberry of West Fargo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reunion of relatives and friends in Medora, N.D. They were married June 19, 1960, in Max, N.D.

The West Fargo City Commission agreed to fund start-up costs for a new senior citizen center program through the end of the year.

Gaylas and Phyllis Pritchard of West Fargo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Fargo.

The West Fargo School Board voted a raise increase of $1,000 for its board members with the annual salary going up to $4,000. Board member Angela Korsmo provided the only 'no' vote.

West Fargo teachers Stacy Adamson, Sarah Larson and Pat Johnson represented the district at the Roughriders Health Conference held in Jamestown.

Elizabeth Krogen, a second grader at Westside Elementary School and the daughter of Dean and Brenda Krogen of West Fargo, took second place honors in her grade level during the "Keep North Dakota Clean" poster contest. She placed first in her Westside class to advance to the state level.

July 2010

Two West Fargo High School grads, U.S. Marine Lance Corporals Jake Danielson and Chance Zacher were home for a long awaited reunion with family and friends, following a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, Their parents are Reed and Ruth Danuser and Christopher and Annette Thompson, all of West Fargo.

Bernie Dardis was the recipient of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership award, one of the Chamber's highest honors presented in the recognition of the spirit of service and support Dardis has brought to the community of West Fargo. Dave McIver, state Chamber president, made the presentation during a West Fargo Exchange Club meeting.

Nicholas Reitan, son of Mike and Michelle Reitan, West Fargo, completed the 13th session of the FBI National Academy Associates Youth Leadership Program in Quantico, Va.

Mark Lemer returned to the West Fargo School District assuming duties once again as Business Manager.

After ten years of talking and planning, ground was broken on a new south side fire and police substation at 445 29th Ave. W.

A variety of fun activities and entertainment greeted visitors to the Red River Valley Fair held July 9 through July 17 at the West Fargo Fairgrounds.

Members of the Burgum Law Firm, Casselton, joined forces with the Ohnstad Twichell law firm, merging to provide increased client opportunities.

F-M Ambulance added two new units to their fleet, replacing two older units.

Longtime West Fargo residents Bob and Shirley Johnson celebrated their 50th anniversary at an open house at the West Fargo VFW, attended by family and friends. The couple was married Aug. 6, 1960, at Holy Spirit Church in Fargo.

It was announced that the West Fargo Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce would be merging as the result of a vote of membership favoring the joining of the Chamber entities on Sept. 1.

The West Fargo High School graduating class of 1975 held a reunion.

Roxanne Westman of Mapleton took home best of show and grand champion honors in the Adult Nature/Scenic division at the Red River Valley Fair for her original piece of artwork titled 'Warm Invitation' featuring an autumn landscape theme.

More than 50 fiber artists gathered at Bonanzaville for their third annual Fiber Arts Festival, featuring demonstrations, classes, and hands-on activities for all ages.

August 2010

Richard Benson, former manager of the West Fargo VFW, took over as new owner-operator of Hooligans, located at 3330 Sheyenne St. His goal is to inject a 'great neighborhood bar' theme into the already established bar and restaurant operation making it a great place to stop for refreshments and quiet conversation on the drive home.

Allan Peterson, Horace, was elected to serve on the board of directors for the American Council of the Blind, marking the first time an individual from North Dakota has been elected to such a position.

West Fargo resident George Neu, general manager of the Red Lobster Restaurant, was presented with Darden Restaurants' top honor, the Diamond Club Award, presented to general managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by living Red Lobsters' core values of respect, and teamwork while also achieving top financial performance. This is the third time Neu has been recognized with the honor.

The annual Night to Unite event sponsored by the West Fargo Police Department in Elmwood Park was well attended, with young and old alike enjoying the variety of demonstrations, booths, and fun activities as a community banding together in an effort to promote safety and deter crime.

Valley Senior Services offered a second senior meal site in West Fargo at Faith Lutheran Church, 127 2nd Ave. E., over the noon hour Monday through Friday, for persons age 60 and older and their spouses.

Jim and Brenda Bjorklund, West Fargo, observed their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house for family and friends at Community Presbyterian Church in West Fargo. They were married Aug. 21, 1960 at Hope, N.D.

Cedric and Leslie Sloan, West Fargo, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 22, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. They were married Aug. 24, 1960, at St. Vincent's Church, Mott, N.D.

Sylvan and Margaret Loegering of West Fargo celebrated 50 years of marriage with an open house at Holy Cross Catholic Church. They were married Aug. 20, 1960 at St. George's Catholic Church, Cooperstown.

The annual Pioneer Days celebration was held at Bonanzaville.

September 2010

North Dakota Auxiliary President Janice Best, also a member of the West Fargo VFW Auxiliary, and Joyce Weible, a West Fargo VFW Auxiliary member, participated in the 97th National Convention of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, held in Indianapolis, Ind.

Healing Touch Chiropractic donated school supplies to West Fargo High School and South Elementary School as a result of their annual "Tools for Schools" drive program conducted each August. Among the supplies were calculators, exercise chair balls, glue, pencil boxes, and several other items.

Jim and Marlys Martin, longtime West Fargo residents, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the Fargo Holiday Inn. They were married Sept. 10, 1960, at Community Presbyterian Church.

West Fargo citizens were given a new option to pay their monthly utility bills at West Fargo City Hall - online using either debit or credit card transactions.

The West Fargo VFW Auxiliary published a cookbook titled "Cooking With American Pride," packed with favorite local recipes, as a special fundraiser for their organization.

The Big Iron Expo held annually at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, marked its 30-year milestone with more than 800 agricultural exhibits on display and approximately 70,000 people attending, holding on to its distinction as the midwest's premier farm show.

Katelyn Holland, daughter of Jon and Tammy Holland, and Tyler Kennedy, son of Ken and Laurie Kennedy, were crowned Homecoming 2010 King and Queen, kicking off homecoming week activities at West Fargo High School.

Randy Gaugler, Jim Thompson and Michael Drew were selected as the 2010 inductees into the West Fargo High School Hall of Fame. Gaugler graduated in 1968 and Thompson in 1971, while Drew was principal from 1979-98.

The annual West Fest observance took on new dimension with its three-day celebration beginning with the highly popular Cruise Night on Thursday, a charity pasta feed Friday night in Elmwood Park, and the traditional grand parade and community festivities on Saturday.

Sgt. Joel Erickson of West Fargo and a member of Detachment 1, 188th Engineer company (Vertical), based out of Oakes, N.D., was the winner of the 2010 Best Warrior Competition in the noncommissioned officer category of the North Dakota Army National Guard following competition at Camp Grafton Training Center in Devils Lake that tested the military skill and knowledge of 18 of the state's top soldiers.

Larry Olson was selected Ambassador of the Year by the planning committee of the Ambassadors of the Chamber of Commerce Fargo Moorhead. Olson is president of Talent Productions, a talent agency specializing in corporate and convention talent services.

October 2010

Cortina Barnes, the Ladies Auxiliary National President from Washington, D.C., was a special guest in the area, with her visit hosted by the West Fargo VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 7564.

Moog Inc. based out of East Aurora, N.Y., acquired longtime West Fargo business Mid-American Aviation, owned by Tom Kenville, president and CEO.

The West Fargo Fire Department observed National Fire Prevention Week with the theme "Smoke Detectors - A Sound You Can Live With," offering tours of the department as well as paying personal visits to some of the elementary classrooms to share fire prevention safety information.

The West Fargo Public Library expanded services by implementing a collection of new online resources - Library2Go powered by OverDrive, offering at-home downloads of music, books, and audiobooks.

West Fargo Police Officer Rhonda Jorgensen was honored with the Chief's Medal, awarded to employees of the West Fargo Police Department who distinguish themselves with an act that significantly benefits the department or community, including her involvement with the Citizen's Police Academy.

Justin Hanenberg was named West Fargo Community High School Student of the Month for September.

St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1005 1st St. E., West Fargo, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 30, with several former pastors participating in the program including: Ed Krueger, Kevin Zellers and Gary Asmus.

Devon Cavic, a senior at West Fargo High School and the daughter of Dwight and Vicki Cavic of Horace, was named West Fargo Exchange Club Student of the Month for September.

Sam Stanke of rural West Fargo was crowned Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2011 at the Badland Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot. She is the daughter of Greg and Shannan Stanke.

West Fargo STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Center students and teachers met with U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and famed inventor Dean Kamen at the 2010 Red River Valley Research Corridor Milestones and Horizon Conference.

October also marked 75 years of services for Faith Lutheran Church, 127 2nd Ave. E., West Fargo. First worship services were held in October of 1935, its first location a chapel refurbished out of a relocated Horace school building.

The community of Harwood hosted its fifth annual Autumn Showcase providing the perfect opportunity for that unique holiday shopping experience with a variety of vendors taking over the community center offering their products and wares for the day.

November 2010

West Fargo City Commissioners approved first reading of an ordinance that will see an increase in water and garbage rates effective Jan. 1, 2011 - a 50 cent hike per thousand gallons of water used over 2,000 for both residential and commercial users, and a $1 increase for sanitation services for residential only, taking the monthly rate from $10 to $11.

West Fargo School Board member Angela Korsmo was elected president of the North Dakota School Board Association by delegates at the group's annual convention in Bismarck. She previously served two years as vice president.

Applebee's honor members of the military on Veterans Day by offering free dining.

The newly merged Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce named four board members from the previous West Fargo board: Dorinda Anderson, Bernie Dardis, Don Gronke and Kathy Lewin.

Three incumbent Republicans were victorious in their bids in the Nov. 2 General Election, for West Fargo's District 13 seats in the North Dakota Legislature. Judy Lee was re-elected to the Senate defeating Democratic challenger Sylvan Loegering. In the House race, Representatives Kim Koppelman and Alon Wieland defeated Democratic challengers Michael Halverson and Mary C. Tintes.

The West Fargo School Board voted unanimously to approve the advertisement of bids on $5 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds for district building projects including the addition of eight classrooms to the Osgood Kindergarten Center, a gymnasium addition to Osgood, fitness center additions and improvements at West Fargo High School, along with other improvements at the high school, middle school and the administrative offices.

Brittany Betterley was named West Fargo Community High School Student of the Month for October.

Connor Wright, a senior at West Fargo High School and the son of Dave and Carol Wright of West Fargo, has been named West Fargo Exchange Club Student of the Month for October.

The West Fargo VFW hosted their annual Veterans Day observance featuring an address by Jim Hapala, VFW Commander for the Department of North Dakota, as well as a longstanding West Fargo VFW member who has served in every capacity.

The West Fargo High School Drama Department presented Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize Winning Classic "Our Town" involving a cast and crew of approximately 60 students and directed by Adam Pankow.

The West Fargo High School Student Congress team captured their first state title in school history, tying for the top spot with Fargo Shanley at 175 points each in the 48th annual North Dakota High School Activity Association State Student Congress held at the State Capital Building in Bismarck.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church members prepared enough food to handily feed 700 dinner guests as they hosted their annual free Thanksgiving Day meal in the church's fellowship hall, a tradition they have been carrying on for almost 30 years. This year, a whopping 70 turkeys were prepared in anticipation of the occasion.

December 2010

The region was walloped by a second winter storm of the season with high winds being the main culprit in the blast resulting in a winter weather advisory, complete with blocked roads and extremely slippery conditions.

Karen Belisle stepped down from an almost three decade position at West Fargo City Hall, where she coordinated utility billing for residents and businesses in the community.

Red River Valley Fair Association's Board President Bill Hoffman was honored with the 2010 North Dakota Fair Person of the Year award at the Dakota Fairs Convention held in Bismarck for his promotion of the fair industry and agricultural education at the Fair.

Eastwood Elementary School student Anna Lambertz was selected to assist West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern with the lighting of the tree in front of West Fargo City Hall during the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony which this year involved a newly planted 18-foot blue spruce.

Officer Stacy Dawkins, a 15-year veteran of the West Fargo Police Department, was named to the National Child Passenger Safety Board. She is also a member of the Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead and a child passenger safety instructor.

Tori Cargo has been named West Fargo Community High School Student of the Month for November. She is a senior and will be graduating in early January.

Dejlana Hodzic, a senior at West Fargo High School and the daughter of Hatidza and Safet Hodzic, was named West Fargo Exchange Club Student of the Month for November.

The West Fargo Shakers are planning their 4th annual New Years Eve celebration at Legend's event center to assist and excellent local 'kids related' cause, PATH North Dakota, Inc. The eight longtime friends, all West Fargo High graduates, formed their nonprofit organization to help create awareness and in doing so giving back to the community in order to make it a better place to live.

The West Fargo Senior Program has added additional services besides the noon meal, in the form of educational presentations, craft projects and entertainment opportunities utilizing both the Faith Lutheran Church site and the West Fargo Public Library.

Troop 279 Boy Scouts Jacob Fischer, Horace, and Nicholas Reitan, West Fargo, both juniors at West Fargo High School, earned Eagle Scout rank. Parents are Steve and Kathleen Fischer, Horace, and Mike and Michelle Reitan, West Fargo.

Carol Lewis and Sean Fredricks of West Fargo were recognized with special awards at the Joint North Dakota Water Convention and Irrigation Expo in Bismarck. Lewis earned the Water Wheel award and Fredricks the Steamboat Award for their contributions to water resource areas.

Traffic was back to normal following a derailment involving seven cars loaded with coal on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks near Center Avenue and Fourth Street. The incident involved no injuries or hazardous materials.