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During the last week of April, fourth grade students from Cass County schools including Central Cass, Kindred, Northern Cass, Mapleton, Maple Valley, Fargo, and West Fargo joined over 2000 area students from 45 schools for The Living Ag Classroom at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Other students attending were from schools in Richland, Traill, Steele and Dickey counties in North Dakota and Clay, Becker, Wilkin, Ottertail and Norman counties in Minnesota.
"Bittersweet" is how Master Sergeants Christopher and Monica Heise are describing the final days of their military careers as members of the 119th Fighter Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard. The West Fargo couple is officially relinquishing ties after a combined service record of 41-plus years. The pair say they are making the move simply because both feel "the timing is right" at this juncture in their lives, and the need to be more involved with their children's activities.
The little girl with the silent voice is now being heard loud and clear. "I can't help but know Ariana had a big hand in this," proud mother Teresa Kaseman said in reference to Senate Bill 2326, signed last week by Governor John Hoeven that will improve healthcare for children with disabilities. Kaseman and her husband, Kevin, of West Fargo, are the parents of three children, Alex, 4, Lucas, 3 and Ariana, 6, who passed away February 23, as the result of an undiagnosed regressive neurological illness.
Change is good in that it offers new outlook, perspective, and an adjusted level of professionalism. This week we are experiencing another welcome transition as one of our longtime employees - Sue Cwikla - eases into her new role as community reporter, in addition to maintaining duties as lead person in our graphics department. She is assuming editorial responsibilities left open by the departure of previous reporter Forrest Adams, who accepted a position in Minneapolis. Cwikla's history with our publication is already intense, making her a true natural for this endeavor.
Project Linus received a huge boost last week from Today Show weatherman Al Roker who made a special visit April 18, to the West Fargo home of Lynne and Curtis Olien to conduct live remotes for the popular NBC morning broadcast. Rokers' mission was to literally "lend a helping hand," the theme of his current U.S. tour to bolster awareness and invigorate charity organizations who are not always on the receiving end of funding and outside support, and do not always receive the public attention they deserve to get their word out.
West Fargo City Commissioners turned down a request Monday night from Developer Ron Morlock for placement of an eight-foot high fence on City property behind a residential development he is considering on the south side of 17th Avenue East., at the southwest corner of the intersection of 17th Avenue East and 18th Avenue East, in Charleswood's 24th Addition. Morlock came to the Commission for rezoning and final plat approval of the parcel from single family dwellings to planned unit development to build a four unit townhome.
The 600-plus people attending the annual West Fargo Chamber of Commerce promoted Spring Business Expo last Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Arena were pleased with the balanced mixture of business exhibitions, entertainment, and fun that the event once again doled out in just the proper proportions. Those participating worked off the theme in fine fashion - Area Businesses - Growers of the Community - with the number of businesses participating up from the prior year. Chamber Membership Sales Coordinator Teresa Blotsky said she heard several remarks throughout the evening from those atten
The fourth in a series of home invasions occurring in West Fargo since last November is leaving police officials frustrated and more intent than ever on catching the culprit. The latest intrusion occurred Saturday night shortly before midnight in a residence in the 1700 block of Huntington Drive, south of 17th Avenue and east of 9th Street. Police responded to the scene after receiving a call that a teenage girl living at the residence had been awakened by an unknown male suspect who was standing in her bedroom.
Al Roker of NBC's "Today Show" will be broadcasting live from West Fargo next week. The popular weatherman will be visiting the Lynne and Curtis Olien home on April 18, doing remotes featuring Project Linus, a local non-profit organization for which Olien serves as chapter coordinator. "I'm very excited about the opportunity for Project Linus, but personally, I'm very nervous," Olien said in anticipation of the visit by Roker and his crew. Project Linus is a national organization that provides handmade blankets for children who are ill, traumatized or in need.
The 4th annual Remembering Our Serving Soldiers (R.O.S.S.) event which took place Saturday, March 31, at the West Fargo VFW will go down in history as one of the best ever, according to Charlie Weible, West Fargo VFW Post 7564 past commander and lifetime member who founded the observance when he served as post commander four years ago and has chaired it ever since. The remembrance provided an excellent opportunity to bring members of the community together in support of North Dakota soldiers and airmen now serving in the military.