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Weather conditions has obviously been great for the rhubarb, I know because I have a very small plant growing vigorously in the corner of my small vegetable garden. It is four-years old and this year is the heartiest the plant has ever been. I've taken one cutting off the plant, and it is almost ready for a second.
Just a reminder that with the Fourth of July fast approaching that the sale, storage or discharge of fireworks is not allowed by ordinance in the city limits of West Fargo. For that matter, the sale is prohibited statewide until tomorrow (June 27) and can only continue through July 5. Locally, fire and police department personnel are realistic in knowing that residents are going to be lighting fireworks. However, this doesn't diminish their role in enforcement. As always, they will respond to complaints about fireworks being used inappropriately or when they are bothering neighbors.
West Fargo has adopted a complete smoking ban that will go into effect at 8 a.m., July 1, 2008. West Fargo City Commissioners voted 4-0 Monday night to approve second and final reading of an ordinance that will prohibit smoking in bars, all parts of truck stops, and all public places rented to private parties. These places were all exempt under the current ban in place. First reading of the ordinance was approved at the Commission's April 7 meeting.
Incumbent Mark Simmons and newcomer Mike Thorstad were elected to two four-year West Fargo City Commission seats in the Tuesday, June 10, primary election, with incumbent Commissioner Brenda Warren coming in third in the race. Newcomer Thorstad was the top vote-getter with 2,066 votes; Simmons collected 1,709 votes; and Warren 1,590 votes. A reorganizational meeting of the West Fargo City Commission will take place on Tuesday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at West Fargo City Hall.
'Health care focused on you,' is what you'll find at LilyCare, a new West Fargo-based health care clinic that opened to patients June 2, at 550 13th Ave. E. in the former Dakota-Heartland building. Family practice physician Tracie Mallberg established the private corporation facility that focuses on full-service care for the entire family with emphasis on women and children. Mallberg said the goal "is to make LilyCare 'welcoming' like the old style of family medicine where you know the patients when you talk to them and they are comfortable about telling you other things.
West Fargo's newest pharmacy The RX Co is now operating alongside healthcare provider LilyCare in the same building at 550 13th Ave. E., specializing in full-service pharmacy needs including over the counter products and diabetic supplies, as well as a mail order business, complemented by free shipping and handling. Sue Brenan and Jack Slama are business owners and pharmacists overseeing the business that initially opened in July of 2007, focusing on mail-order clients and recruiting doctors to be a part of their new location.
Moore Engineering, Inc. is now occupying its new West Fargo location at 925 10th Ave. E., and will be previewing their facility with a special public open house celebration set for Thursday, June 26. The staff recently moved into the 22,500 square foot office building, which serves as main headquarters for the civil engineering and land surveying company, complete with permanent offices to accommodate 75 staff people, as well as housing the building inspection department for the city of West Fargo.
Last week I put out a call for recipes and either coincidentally or in direct response, when I came into work early on Monday there was a manila envelope filled with wonderful beef recipes on my desk from Joan Blegen of West Fargo, who had compiled them for her local District 7 CattleWomen's group for which she is the public information chairperson. There is a wonderful cross-section, all favorites from farm wives who comprise the CattleWomen's membership. The name of the contributing provider is included, right next to the recipe name.
The election is over, candidates will assume their newly elected positions later this month, the smoking ban has been approved, so it's time to start moving forward, wherever that may lead. I just want to offer congratulations to all of the candidates who worked so intensely the last few months in their bids for election or re-election. After covering the city government beat for I don't know how many years, I must admit it will be different not seeing Commissioner Brenda Warren sitting in that familiar end chair she has occupied during her last two terms. But change is good, and Warren
Red River Valley Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz hopes everyone will take the time to pay a visit to this year's Fair set for June 13 through June 21, conveniently located at the Fairgrounds on the west edge of West Fargo. He's betting attendees will be pleasantly surprised and even a little bit amazed at the diversity that will abound, with events and activities promising to offer something for everyone. "Some of our activities have been around for years that people aren't even aware of," Schulz said.