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West Fargo residential and commercial users will be seeing a minimal water rate increase the first of the year. West Fargo City Commissioners placed on first reading Monday night a change in the ordinance relating to water rates and charges. The current minimum service charge of $7 for the first 2,000 gallons of water used will remain the same; while the rate for additional water usage over the 2,000 gallon base amount will be seeing an increase, going from $3.50 to $4 Jan. 1, 2008, per 1,000 gallons of water used. That fee will go up again Jan.
Hats off this week to anyone who played any sort of role in West Fest this past weekend. It was a truly phenomenal day, with thousands turning out for the grand parade and other festivities scattered throughout the community. Doing what it takes to help others seemed to be a common thread with members of the West Fargo Volunteer Fire Department, taking a lead role in accomplishing just that while strolling the parade route. For the second year in a row, they conducted their 'pass the boot' campaign, with proceeds presented to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in memory of fellow firema
I have been baking Bisquick Impossible Pies for the last 20 years, and the recipes for the famous way to prepare a one-dish meal in a pie plate that makes its own crust while it bakes, only continue to grow. What is so appealing is the ease in preparation, in that for most of them the only 'bowl' you need is a blender. Just pour everything in, mix well for 15 seconds, pour in a slightly greased plate and you have some of the most remarkable meals or desserts ready to serve in an hour's time, with most of that time spent in the oven. Cleanup is also a breeze.
I hope if you're in town this weekend you'll consider getting caught up in the community spirit by celebrating some aspect of West Fest. Simply stated, West Fest is one of the most enjoyable family-oriented community celebrations you'll find anywhere. Chris Barton and her staff at the Chamber have been working long and hard to ensure that the 16th annual event will be the best it can possibly be. From the always crowd-pleasing grand parade with over 100 entries, to the two-day Valley Vintage Car Show at the Vets Arena, to the magnificent kids and teen line-up, to the fantastic fireman's
The West Fargo Area Chamber of Commerce and the West Fest Committee are placing the finishing touches on the 16th Annual West Fest Community Days with this year's theme "The City on the Grow" - "Proud to be an American City," which will be celebrated this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept.
The Midwest's largest agricultural event is returning to the region with the 27th Annual Big Iron 2007 Farm Show and Exposition set to run Sept. 11, 12 and 13, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Showtime will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The event is a function of the Red River Valley Fair association that started in 1980 in Casselton, moved to The Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo in 1981, and has been continuing there successfully ever since.
Members of the West Fargo Street and Water Departments extended helping hands last week in Northwood as clean-up efforts continued in the community ravaged by a deadly tornado. City employees Bob Olson, George Grossman and Tory Nissen spent Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28 and 29, helping out; while Art Peterson and John Freeman, Terry Bommersbach and Nissen lent assistance on Thursday, Aug.
I travel the 13th Avenue route from Sheyenne Street at least two times a day. Last Friday as I was driving home from work for the long Labor Day weekend, the impact of the change in the area on the south side from Sheyenne Street all the way to 9th Street East finally grasped my whole attention, as I was slowly taking in the landscaping activity both at Sheyenne Crossings and the dental office. My how the 13th Avenue East route has changed in the last 25 years, from the barren openness of agricultural land, to 'bigger time' metro life complete with all the positive trappings. Everything
I truly love cooking, but I enjoy it even more so when I have an idea of what the people I'm preparing the meals for would like to eat. Wouldn't it be great to have each day's menus laid out for you a week in advance so all you had to do was shop for the ingredients and then prepare, no questions asked? I could cook on a regular basis like that very easily. This week the recipes I'm featuring are those for one of those evening meals with all the courses complementing each other, some of which can be prepared handily ahead of time.
Pioneer Days will feature a variety of entertainment but one individual who is sure to stand out is 13-year-old yodeler Kristi Goldade from Wishek, N.D., who will be taking the stage for special performances Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept.