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Winter Days 2008 has a brand new twist this year with the Silver Snowflake Search. West Fargo Park District Recreation Specialist Kim Wangler said event organizers brainstormed to come up with a unique element that would hopefully involve the entire family, with the end result the hunt for the elusive snowflake. "Searching for the snowflake will be a way to bring the family together in locating the prizes and learn more about the community as they are doing so.
One of West Fargo's biggest celebrations of the year is approaching next week, as the West Fargo Park District gears up for its annual Winter Days celebration at a variety of locations throughout the community. The District does an excellent job organizing the observance, with the assistance of a number of supporting businesses.
West Fargo City Commissioners agreed unanimously Monday night to retain five employees from the dispatch staff, who will now be referred to with a new title of police clerks.
Bryan Schulz is the new manager of the Red River Valley Fair Association. The longtime West Fargo resident and City Commissioner was voted in for the position by an 8-0 count of the nine-member executive committee last Thursday evening at the conclusion of an interview process involving three other candidates. Committee member Robyn Sorum was absent. Schulz accepted a one-year contract at $67,500 plus benefits, which will be reviewed again in November of 2008.
Winter Days 2008, set for Jan. 18 through Jan. 26 at various locations throughout the community, promises to once again offer something for everyone with a magnitude of fun events coordinated by West Fargo Park District staff. A new facet of this year's festivities will be a Silver Snowflake Search that will run from Jan. 16 through Jan. 27. Winners will be posted as hidden snowflakes are found. Participants will hunt for three silver snowflakes hidden above ground at public locations.
This week, we continue to take a look back at what happened in 2007. The year was highlighted by transition, change and growth in West Fargo and the surrounding communities of Harwood, Horace and Mapleton as previewed in the monthly accounts recognizing people, businesses and incidents who played a key role in the transformation. July 2007 Dan's Oil, a landmark family owned business serving the area for 66 years, changed hands with the sale to Petro Serve USA.
January is National Soup Month, and with our cold, cold temperatures, nothing is better than a piping hot bowl of soup at mealtime, whether it's for lunch or as the main staple at dinnertime. This week, I'm featuring a variety of soup recipes sure to appeal to everyone's tastes and senses, many of which are crockpot material, making daily meal planning even easier. I've prepared most of these several times in my own kitchen to rave reviews, and a few are new recipes I've recently clipped, that I'm extremely anxious to try. The Crockpot Hamburger Soup is easy and delicious.
The United States Census Bureau just released the agency's 2007 National and State population estimates, showing growth in North Dakota of 0.35 percent or 2,255 people to a new estimated population of 639,715.
Random acts of kindness seemed to pop up everywhere during the Christmas holiday locally, which is true testimony to the caring caliber of people making up our communities - all those pitching in to help the Salvation Army kettle campaign, benefactors for local giving trees, those providing food, fellowship, and presents to the homeless and less fortunate, gifts for the little ones spending their holiday at local hospitals, the list is impressive and goes on and on. All this compassion and caring sets a positive, optimistic tone for the New Year and hopefully all the good it holds in store.
Members of the Red River Valley Fair nine-person executive committee will conduct interviews of the four local candidates for the Fair manager position beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, in the Hartl Ag Building.