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Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration comes to Bonanzaville
Lady in command
Veterans Memorial likely to stay busy even after new facility is finished
Scholars: June 29, 2016
Former TNT's Diner in West Fargo opens under new name
Exchange Club donates to crisis center, aquatic center
Prairie Supply breaks ground on new headquarters
Power of 100 of gives to Project Ignite Light
Fed may delay interest rate hike
Chief's Corner: Times are changing
Cartoon: June 29, 2016
Chief's Corner: Last month in crime
Theft of flowers like slap in the face
Increase tobacco costs
Wild West Jamboree a success
Nursery News (6-29-16)
Nursery News (6-22-16)
Nursery News (6-15-16)
Library News: June 8, 2016
Breitling: Time for Color
Library News: May 4, 2016
Library News (April 27, 2016)
Library News: April 20, 2016
Singer comes home on a high note
home & garden
Red River Valley Fair
Flight Lines: Bug hunter declining in numbers
Video: Meadowlark recognized as symbol of west
NEW: Flight Lines Video: Even images in hand won't stop mistaken identities
Flight Lines: Bird watchers aren't creepers
Flight Lines: Raven’s call always stops me in my tracks
Ruby Ann Ness
Gerald Perry Henderson
Gerald "Butch" Reineke
June 22, 2016
Week in History: June 22, 2016
In the summer of 1981, the West Fargo teachers and the School Board agreed to a contract for the 1981-82 school year after long negotiations and compromises ranging from health insurance and sick days to salaries and the school calendar. Since 45 percent of the income from North Dakota...
June 22, 2016 - 6:55am
June 15, 2016
Week In History: June 15, 2016
Traffic issues are not a new topic in West Fargo. In June 1947, the Dakota Tribune-Herald surveyed traffic at the intersection of what is now Main Avenue and Center Street. They counted 422 vehicles going south, the only side to have a stop sign, and found that two out of three ignored...
June 15, 2016 - 7:33am
June 8, 2016
Week in History: June 8, 2016
The West Fargo Public Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first day of business on June 10, 1971. Mayor Clayton Lodoen officially opened the library at 404 Sheyenne St. The library was headed by Freda Hatten, a former North Dakota State Librarian. The original library board...
June 8, 2016 - 7:35am
May 25, 2016
Week in History: May 25, 2016
In 1976, West Fargo High School senior Ken Libbrecht graced the front page of the West Fargo Pioneer holding the Drake University travelling trophy for outstanding work in the field of physics for "A Mathematical and Experimental Analysis of the Flywheel," a project he had been working...
May 25, 2016 - 8:55pm
May 18, 2016
Week In History: May 18, 2016
In 1986, on the recommendation of City Planner Custer Huseby, the West Fargo City Commission voted unanimously to accept the new plat which changed an area zoned for agriculture to three lots that would be used for a new senior high school and a multi-purpose sports center. City Engineer...
May 18, 2016 - 10:35am
May 11, 2016
Week In History: May 11, 2016
Mid-May of 1991 brought tragedy to West Fargo when an early morning fire raced through the Sunset Motel at 731 W. Main Ave. Twenty-eight of the 33 units of the motel were occupied, many by people who had reservations for the summer. Three residents lost their lives in the blaze; most...
May 11, 2016 - 5:59am
May 4, 2016
Week In History: May 4, 2016
In 1971, members of the Cass County Historical Society and the mayors of West Fargo and Fargo took part in a groundbreaking for the Red River and Northern Plains Regional Museum at Bonanzaville. In keeping with the historical nature of the ceremony, the ground was moved by an old-fashioned...
May 4, 2016 - 6:19am
April 27, 2016
West Fargo history (April 27, 2016)
The bank that began in Horace in 1925 and moved to 133 W. Main Ave., southwest Fargo in 1937 as West Fargo State Bank, received a makeover in late April 1991. Its old sign was removed and replaced with one that announced its new identity as First National Bank North Dakota, West Fargo....
April 27, 2016 - 2:33am
April 20, 2016
West Fargo history (April 20, 2016)
In 1948, Dr. George Schatz, West Fargo’s first doctor, was on the rating board at the Veterans Hospital when he suggested to a young Army doctor that he take over his office in the Martin Building at the corner of Main Avenue and Center Street. In taking him up on his offer, Roy...
April 20, 2016 - 12:23am
April 6, 2016
West Fargo history (April 6, 2016)
The April 1, 1986 West Fargo city election saw both incumbent commissioners re-elected, but for the office of mayor, things were different. After 20 years in office, Mayor Clayton Lodoen chose not to run for re-election. Four candidates vied for the position. The winner was Florenz...
April 6, 2016 - 12:54am
March 30, 2016
This week in history (March 30, 2016)
At the end of March 1971, the West Fargo Pioneer ran a 20-page supplement titled “Spotlight on Bowling.” There were photos of 112 bowling teams from “seniors” to “juniors,” including men’s, women’s and couples’ teams. Many of the teams were featured in ads for their...
March 30, 2016 - 12:53am
March 23, 2016
This week in history (March 23, 2016)
In late March 1996, the West Fargo Pioneer printed a 56-page supplement, “City on the Grow; A Profile of West Fargo.” It charted the progress of housing, business, services and schools in North Dakota’s fastest-growing city. At the same time, in the aftermath of the Cherryl...
March 23, 2016 - 2:40am
March 16, 2016
This week in history (March 16, 2016)
The principals of West Fargo’s two elementary schools met with the school board to discuss moving the boundaries so 82 students from Eastwood, which opened in 1973, would be shifted to South. Designed for a maximum student population of 350, Eastwood’s enrollment was already 450...
March 16, 2016 - 12:18am
March 9, 2016
West Fargo history (March 9, 2016)
Friday, March 14, 1941, gave West Fargo residents the first opportunity to get a good look inside the new, $125,000 high school building. A dedication ceremony was held and then the building was open for inspection. The building was designed for 300 junior and senior high students....
March 9, 2016 - 3:40am
March 2, 2016
This week in history (March 2, 2016)
The first week of March marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous blizzard of 1966. The storm began Wednesday, March 2, with forecasts of 4 inches or more of snow, rising winds and falling temperatures. By Saturday, March 5, many areas had received over 2 feet of snow accompanied...
March 2, 2016 - 2:21am