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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.
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.
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.
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.
The year 2007 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. January Shane Marcuson and Paul Fracassi joined the City of West Fargo assessing staff. The first phase of a two-phased plan to open West Fargo's Sheyenne Crossings was completed with the assisted living and memory care sections ready for occupancy. The West Fargo VFW hosted the North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars
West Fargo City Commissioner Brenda Warren questioned Monday night why $6,500 was expended to Colorado-based firm, HVS Golf Services, for a feasibility study for a golf course in Westport Beach, south of Interstate 94, when only $2,500 was approved by the Commission. The item came up after Warren saw a bill come through in the regular Commission packet statements. The City's share of $2,500 for the study was approved by a 4-1 vote at the Nov. 19 meeting, with Warren casting the lone 'no' vote, saying the money could be better used for capital improvement needs.