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Fifty years is a long time but when you are caught up doing something you love, time becomes relative. Dorene Tollefson has been in the hair styling business for five decades and wouldn't have it any other way. And she's not throwing the retirement towel in yet, she figures she has another six to eight years to give. As a way of conforming with her clients, all of them now over age 50, she's let her brown colored hair take on its natural hue and she's happy she did. "I love having gray hair because I pretty much work with gray hair."
Plans for a new West Fargo Police Department and City Hall complex seem to be falling in line with expectations. Julie Rokke, representing the architectural firm YHR Partners, was on hand at Monday nights West Fargo City Commission meeting to provide a preview of the early design phase concept and information on where the project is headed.
West Fargo has two brand new hotels on the horizon that will have easy access off of Interstate 94. According to West Fargo city officials, groundbreaking for Cambria Suites hotel and conference center will take place June 28, at its location in the southwest corner of 9th Street East and 19th Avenue East. Plans are also underway for an Aloft Hotel at 925 19th Ave. E, in the southeast corner of 9th St. E and I-94.
Party planning with Tupperware perfect profession Mary Ann Johnson started selling Tupperware in April of 1963. She remembers that time well. "I went to a party and I must have said something to encourage the dealer. Anyway she called me, we had lunch, and I said I'd give it a try, and 50-years later I am still trying," Johnson joked.
The West Fargo VFW Post 7564 and the Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Memorial Day program dedicated to all deceased veterans on Monday, May 27, at 308 Sheyenne St. The flag raising at 10:45 a.m. will be in honor of the late Joe Shoman, a Marine and longtime West Fargo VFW member who served as past quartermaster. Members of his family including his wife, Gen, also an active VFW Auxiliary member, will be attendance for the occasion.
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.