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Tried a couple of new crockpot recipes the last few weeks that I'm anxious to share. I'm always a little skeptical when a recipe sounds a little too easy to be true, but this time I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. Preparing the "Creamy Potato Soup" was literally a matter of mixing everything together in the crockpot. The hardest part was chopping the onion, and adding the cream cheese at the end.
West Fargo City Commissioners approved a five-year remodeling tax exemption Monday night for a house destroyed by fire in April of last year, belonging to Jack and Janet Kist at 1401 River St. Following the fire, the Kists built a new home on the old foundation of the house that was initially put in place in 1960, and asked the City for a two-year property tax exemption, currently being granted to West Fargo residents for new home construction. City Assessor Wanda Wilcox said that even though the new home was built in 2007, it didn't qualify for the two-year exemption because officials dec
Spring is arriving tomorrow, the weather has warmed up, and Easter is nearly upon us being celebrated Sunday. All certainly reasons to lift the spirits. Easter is an interesting holiday in that it moves around and doesn't always fall on the same date, i.e. the saying we've been hearing frequently, "Easter is so early this year." There's a reason for that. Easter is termed a moveable holiday because it is not fixed in relation to the civic calendar.
St. Patrick's Day is approaching next week and if you are Irish (or not) you are more than likely planning on some sort of celebratory event to mark the national 'holiday' of the Irish people, generally observed on March 17, the case this year. More specifically, the day is an annual feast day commemorating St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland, who died in the fifth century. Oddly, St. Patrick was not born in Ireland, but Britain. Irish bandits kidnapped him at 16 and brought him to their country.
The West Fargo Planning Department has just released year-end figures for 2007 that once again show ongoing growth for the City of West Fargo as residential and commercial areas thrive. Population numbers continue to noticeably increase, with current projections at over 26,000 once construction has been completed on the 10,366 dwelling units permitted, of which 6,615 are single family dwellings. These new numbers compare to 24,184 residents at the same time a year ago. Overall, 2007 showed a slight increase in the growth rate over 2006 in terms of total dwelling units constructed.
Travis Johnson is the newest member of the West Fargo Police Department, coming on board as a patrol officer. A Fargo native, he graduated from North High, before enrolling at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, earning a criminal justice degree in the spring of 2004. Johnson then attended the Police Academy at Lake Region Junior College in Devils Lake, graduating in the summer of 2004.
The City of West Fargo experienced another good year in 2007 and officials are looking ahead to a repeat in 2008 and the continuation of West Fargo's earned reputation of 'City on the Grow.' These words from West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern, as he delivered his annual state of the City message during Monday nights Commission meeting, commending city employees and fellow city commissioners for their role. He said the City was able to maintain its growth in 2007, with 318 new dwelling units constructed, including single family, twin home and multiple family units, compared to 305 units in 2006.
Even though she must endure a second kidney transplant, Dorinda Anderson still considers herself lucky. Lucky, that the first surgery carried her 29 years, when in all reality it should have been a much shorter time. Lucky, that medical technology has advanced to the point that another transplant is a viable option. And lucky, because she has a donor, thanks to the unconditional love of family members who had no misgivings about stepping up to the plate and providing a new kidney and a new lease on life. Kidney disease has long been a factor in Dorinda's daily life, going all the way b
Always anxious to try new recipes, I was so inspired this past weekend after I saw one of my favorite Food Network 'chefs' selling one of her famous cakes on one of the home shopping networks for just under $30. It looked delicious, but my thought was 'wow, who would spend almost $30 on one little cake?,' when you could bake one yourself that would be equally as good. So I went on line and searched for the name of the cake and lo and behold there was the recipe - not the one that I had seen advertised on television, but several other different variations made with the same base cake recipe.
If you are looking for a relaxing time on Sunday afternoon as well as an opportunity to dine out, an excellent suggestion would be to venture over to Faith Lutheran Church around 4:30 p.m.