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For those of you traveling Veterans Boulevard south of the Interstate who expect to make it all the way through to 52nd Avenue, just a reminder that construction is underway on the first phase of the roadway from 32nd to 36th Avenue south and will also kick in Friday for the second phase of work on the remainder of the stretch to 40th Avenue. I only bring up the topic because traveling the route for the very first time in a long time Saturday I was taken aback by the detour as were several other motorists.
The placard out front says $11 haircuts in hand-scrawled writing. Basic and simple -- yet exceptional men's haircutting is the message Jason Gessele wants to send. Gessele recently took over the former Don's Barber Shop operation at 113 W. Main Avenue. Rorick retired and moved back to Harvey. Gessele, who was living at Harvey with his family and operating a barber shop there, decided to purchase Rorick's interest and relocate his talents to West Fargo.
Serving the area for 97 years, West Funeral Home, West Fargo and Casselton, has earned the honorable distinction as the longest running licensed funeral home in the state owned by the same family. Craig Olson plans to carry on that tradition after taking over fourth generation ownership of the business May 3 from his uncle William "Bill" West.
Olga Reiter has been a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Fargo for 61 years helping out wherever and whenever she could. She joined immediately after arriving with her family from Dickinson in 1952.
One of the area’s biggest drives to help stamp out hunger will be conducted again this Saturday locally and we can all play an important part by simply helping out. The National Association of Letter Carriers will be conducting their 20th annual food drive May 11, collecting nonperishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
If a positive attitude has healing power then Mike Jacobson is equipped with plenty of medicine in his fight against lung cancer. “Stage four is kind of drastic, but it’s just a number,” he said about his recent diagnosis. “I’m going to beat this anyway, so don’t worry about it.”
West Fargo City Commissioners went on record Monday night adopting salary changes for some of it employees as the result of the findings of a compensation and job analysis study project implemented approximately three months ago. Kaye Tilzer of Public Sector Personnel Consultants was present at the meeting to convey the findings and its recommendations that ultimately involved updating job titles and minor tweaking of pay plans for some of the city’s 118 employees to the tune of approximately $82,000 for this year, making for a more equitable, competitive salary plan.
One of West Fargo's busiest thoroughfares will be a work in progress as crews begin phase one today (May 1) of a two-phase reconstruction project that will widen Veterans Boulevard from a two-lane rural section to a four-lane divided urban section with medians and turn lanes.
The on-again, off-again West Fargo Cleanup Week is back on again and will take place all next week -- Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 -- as originally planned. The threat of flooding last week caused metro city leaders to delay the event until fall, but when the threat didn't materialize and was downgraded, the decision was made Monday to return to the regular schedule. On that note, West Fargo, Fargo and Moorhead residents will be able to start planning for all those extras they want to dispose of.
This last weekend was the North Dakota Newspaper Association's annual convention and contest which this year was a joint venture of North Dakota and South Dakota groups held at Rapid City. The West Fargo Pioneer staff didn't attend but we did submit a few entries in the better newspaper contest, competing against several other weekly newspapers specifically in the circulation category of 2,000 or more.