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There won't be any changes made to West Fargo's current sign ordinance. Following a public hearing on the matter Monday night, West Fargo City Commissioners voted unanimously to deny a request made by Brett Waldera of Cook Sign Company to amend the sign regulation to allow signs larger than the current maximum of 200 feet and to allow total signage to be calculated using 15 percent of the areas of the building fa?ade. Cook Sign officials installed a sign without a permit at Trail King Industries new West Fargo production plant at 2130 3rd Ave. N.W. last year.
The Fire Chief was in yesterday to talk about the year-end report regarding fire calls, a topic that is prefaced in a story in this week's paper. After he left and I started compiling the information, it really made me think. Fire protection is a service that so many of us take for granted, without worry or concern. As most of you should know, our Fire Department is comprised of volunteers who give of their time, without reimbursement.
I experimented with a potpourri of new recipes (at least new to me) over the weekend that were outstanding, so they will be the foundation for my column this week. Now that my kids are grown and gone I don't make cookies very often, but was in the mood and thought I would treat my little grandkids. I didn't get my traditional peanut blossoms made over the holidays, and since I had the chocolate kisses on hand, I decided to choose a new recipe and bake and freeze some. The recipe I finally decided upon was perfect and yielded a huge batch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.