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After a 34-year run with the West Fargo Police Department, officer Doug Mack has decided to call it a day, a move that will free up valuable time he now plans to devote to following his grandchildren's activities, as well as allowing for a few more trips to his favorite fishing hole at the Jamestown reservoir in search of crappies. Looking back over a colorful and ever-changing four decades, Mack said he has no regrets and if he had it to do all over again, he wouldn't change a thing about his varied career path. Born into a large farm family of seven boys and five girls at Pettibone, N.D
The West Fargo Police Department honored Dave Paulson last week with a special award recognizing his generosity. Paulson, owner of Dave's West Fargo Tire and Service Centre, located at 1225 E. Main Ave., has made donations to the department specifying they be used for youth programs. Consequently, the donations have been used to support the West Fargo Police Department's Youth Academy which is conducted for junior and senior high school students with an interest in law enforcement.
Proponents for implementing a half cent sales tax in order to fund economic development growth that will keep existing jobs and bring in new businesses were present at the Monday night West Fargo City Commission meeting to review the initiated sales tax proposal, voicing their support and touting its benefits if passed by Cass County voters in the June 10 election.
Eleanor and Archie Detienne entertained special house guests recently - cousins from Norway here for their first-ever U.S. visit - who no doubt are already sharing their West Fargo adventure with friends and family in their small farming community of Hurdal, located near Oslo. Rune and Wenche Halvorsen and their son, Marius, were invited here by the Detienne's as they and their son and daughter-in-law visited Norway last summer. Much to their delight, they accepted the offer, arriving May 3, and returning home about two weeks later.
The West Fargo Area Chamber of Commerce is 440 members and growing strong, as revealed by Chamber Executive Director Chris Barton at the 50th Annual Awards ceremony celebrating five decades of the organization Thursday, May 15, at the Kelly Inn, Main Avenue, Fargo. "Thank you for being a part of our network of opportunity and for everything you've done in the past," she told those gathered. "The beginning is the most important part, but the best is yet to be and I look forward to the next decade. We are 440 members, up from 400 members last year.
Chocolate, chocolate and more gooey chocolate. It doesn't get any better than the deliciously, decadent hot fudge cake I whipped out in about five minutes time Friday evening to serve up warm to company. This is a perfect recipe for a last minute dessert when you are in a hurry, because it doesn't require any ingredients out of the ordinary.
Two weeks ago we ran an article on the 16th annual Postal Carriers Food Drive that benefits local food pantries. Statistics are in and I can tell you that the drive was a huge success, with postal workers collecting 61,500 pounds of food for local food pantries.
The Triple "C" 4-H club held their successful annual Open Horse Show on Sunday, May 11, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, with almost 300 entries participating. Competitors represented all age levels in a variety of categories including: 12 and under walk trot, 12 and under, 13-18, 19 and over, plus some 13 and over walk trot classes.
Gusty, cold winds didn't dampen spirits Monday as West Fargo VFW Post 7564 and veterans from West Fargo and throughout the United States were recognized by the planting of a stately red oak tree in a special Arbor Day observance at Maplewood Park, located near Maple Lane on 17th Ave. E. The VFW Color Guard, consisting of members Bill Tuff, Daryl Best, Larry Childs, and Don Faith, opened the ceremony with a color presentation ceremony followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
The West Fargo Pioneer earned 16 awards, including five first place honors, at this North Dakota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. Awards were announced at the organization's annual convention in Dickinson last weekend. The staff took first place awards for front page design excellence for the Pioneer, Special Advertising Section for the 2008 Calendar, and for Best Web site with Carrie Snyder and Jamie Grant designing the site.