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The Westside Elementary School courtyard has a brand new look thanks to the addition of several new trees and a variety of other conservation efforts that have converted the area into another fun space for students to enjoy when it is nice enough to be outdoors. The courtyard had been overridden with weeds, and former instructor Hazel Houkom, always strong on conservation endeavors, thought the area should be developed with grass and trees "so that the students could enjoy being outside for fun activities and projects, learning about the growth of different trees in their environment, and th
Saturday morning as I filled my Hornbacher's grocery sack with food for the postal carrier's annual food collection, it was my hope that other local residents would be doing the same in support of a wonderful cause - stocking the local food pantry shelves at the Dorothy Day House, Great Plains Food Bank and the Emergency Food Pantry. As I headed out on a late morning errand, my hopes were confirmed, as I couldn't help but notice a large number of bags sitting out on the boulevards next to the mailboxes. A quick phone call Monday morning from drive chairman Jeff Borgrud reinforced the succe
Chuck Cheney was the guest of honor at a special Arbor Day tree planting ceremony last Friday at the school that bears his name - Cheney Middle School located on the corner of 17th Avenue and 9th Street East. Cheney has been a West Fargo educator for 41 years, as well as a longtime community resident. He started his teaching career in West Fargo in 1965; became principal at Berger Middle School in 1972 and in 1986 was named assistant superintendent of the West Fargo School District. In 1996 he became superintendent, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 2006.
Recognized as one of the largest events of its kind in North Dakota, The Fargo Red River Valley Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America is gearing up for their 34th annual Art Olson Swap Meet and Car Show on Sunday, May 20, at Bonanzaville, USA, adjacent to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.
The West Fargo Pioneer 'rose to the challenge,' the theme for this years 121st North Dakota Newspaper Association convention, by bringing home a number of honors in the NDNA Better Newspaper Contest including the big one - General Excellence - competing in their respective category of newspapers with circulation of 2000 or more.
Postal workers will be on their annual mission of collecting food donations for the local food pantries Saturday, May 12, when local residents place their non-perishable contributions by their mailboxes and in post offices. "Stamp out Hunger" is the theme for this 15th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive and organizers hope to help accomplish just that by surpassing last year's donations.
'Plan today for the West Fargo you want tomorrow" is the message West Fargo officials are imparting as they strive to update the City's Comprehensive Plan, the first time since April of 2000. Toward that end, a special 'family-oriented' community meeting has been set for Thursday, May 10, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, located in the Lodoen Community Center at 109 3rd St.
A special couple with generous hearts was honored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association Thursday night, and appropriately so. Don and Betty Witham, founders of the weekly West Fargo Pioneer in 1967, have been staunch supporters of journalism and community causes since their beginning days, and continued to do so up until the sale of the company and their retirement at the end of 2004. They reinforced their giving nature last year with an endowment to carry on their dedicated newspaper commitment - a $100,000 contribution to the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation (
Last November I wrote a column featuring recipes from the Community Presbyterian Cookbook. With over 600 remarkably delicious and easy recipes featured in the book (yes, I personally counted them), my plan was to do another column sharing a few more. Well here they are, and I can tell you I can't personally wait to try a few more of them myself. I started at the front of the cookbook and worked my way back, selecting recipes that I thought would have mass appeal. There are so many fantastic ones, that needless to say it was a very difficult task to pick and choose.
West Fargo Sanitation crews will be on their annual mission next week - collecting everything residents are eager to eliminate from their homes and garages as the annual Spring Cleanup campaign is observed May 7 through 11 in the community. "Our process will be the same this year as others," West Fargo Sanitation Department Foreman Dennis Correll said in reference to residents' disposing of materials.