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This week, we continue to take a look back at what happened in 2007. The year was highlighted by transition, change and growth in West Fargo and the surrounding communities of Harwood, Horace and Mapleton as previewed in the monthly accounts recognizing people, businesses and incidents who played a key role in the transformation. July 2007 Dan's Oil, a landmark family owned business serving the area for 66 years, changed hands with the sale to Petro Serve USA.
The year 2007 was highlighted by transition, change and growth in West Fargo and the surrounding communities of Harwood, Horace and Mapleton as previewed in the monthly accounts recognizing people, businesses and incidents who played a key role in the transformation. January Shane Marcuson and Paul Fracassi joined the City of West Fargo assessing staff. The first phase of a two-phased plan to open West Fargo's Sheyenne Crossings was completed with the assisted living and memory care sections ready for occupancy. The West Fargo VFW hosted the North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars
Members of the Red River Valley Fair nine-person executive committee will conduct interviews of the four local candidates for the Fair manager position beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, in the Hartl Ag Building.
Random acts of kindness seemed to pop up everywhere during the Christmas holiday locally, which is true testimony to the caring caliber of people making up our communities - all those pitching in to help the Salvation Army kettle campaign, benefactors for local giving trees, those providing food, fellowship, and presents to the homeless and less fortunate, gifts for the little ones spending their holiday at local hospitals, the list is impressive and goes on and on. All this compassion and caring sets a positive, optimistic tone for the New Year and hopefully all the good it holds in store.
West Fargo City Commissioner Brenda Warren questioned Monday night why $6,500 was expended to Colorado-based firm, HVS Golf Services, for a feasibility study for a golf course in Westport Beach, south of Interstate 94, when only $2,500 was approved by the Commission. The item came up after Warren saw a bill come through in the regular Commission packet statements. The City's share of $2,500 for the study was approved by a 4-1 vote at the Nov. 19 meeting, with Warren casting the lone 'no' vote, saying the money could be better used for capital improvement needs.
The West Fargo Meals on Wheels program has been caught up in the holiday spirit as the recipient of a $500 donation and 25 gas cards, valued at $20 each, for the Meals on Wheels volunteers. Bill Tuff, commander of the Military Order of the Cooties, made the presentation to Renee Lerfald, outreach worker and West Fargo Meals on Wheels Coordinator for Fargo Senior Services.
A group of West Fargo graduates, representing the years 1995 to 1998, are rallying around the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and they want you to be a part of it by attending the special New Year's Eve party they are hosting. The event will take place at the West Fargo Speedway Event Center, 680 West Main Ave. on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., with a full slate of fun activities planned. Appetizers will be served from 7 to 9 p.m.; drink specials will be available all night long; the live band "Krome" will play from 9 p.m.
Each year, two weeks before Christmas, employees in our office select a day to bring in treats to share. Everybody tries to outdo each other with their signature goodies or trademark selections, and others kick it up a notch by trying something totally new. The following are a few of the favorite recipes shared by office staff. Some are yearly holiday favorites they conjure up in their own kitchens for family and friends, while others made it to our office this year for all to enjoy. If you're still in need of holiday baking give a few of these a try.
Something didn't quite add up at Monday night's West Fargo City Commission meeting. That would be how approval of a $2,500 expenditure for a feasibility study for a proposed golf course could turn into a check written for $6,500 to the Colorado-based firm handling the study. The payment showed up in the bills Monday night. Commissioner Brenda Warren knew nothing about it, was upset and rightfully so, describing it as 'flagrant disregard' for a City Commission motion. At their Nov.
Local author and former West Fargo resident Ernest Schanilec will be hosting a book signing for his latest novel "Gray Riders II" on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red River Coffee, located in the Pioneer Center, 715 13th Ave. E. Schanilec was born and raised in the Red River Valley of the North, near Forest River, Minto and Grafton, and attended a one-room schoolhouse for grades one through eight in Ops Township of Walsh County. He enrolled at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, eventually graduating from the University of Minnesota earning a doctoral degree.