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Last week West Fargo Commissioners approved first reading of a water rate increase for residential and commercial users set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2008. A second hike will take the rate up even more on Jan. 1, 2009. I referred to the rate as a 'slight increase,' soliciting some much welcomed email responses questioning the use of the word slight. If the ordinance receives second and final reading, the current minimum service charge of $7 for the first 2,000 gallons of water used will remain the same.
West Fargo Police Department officials are confident they have identified the man responsible for the November, 2005, sexual assault by knifepoint of a 73-year-old West Fargo woman. A former West Fargo resident, Michael Jerome Waller Jr., 23, living in Yonkers, New York, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 18, on a Cass County felony warrant for gross sexual imposition and burglary following confirmation of DNA testing linking him to the rape. Waller, who lived about five blocks from the victim, is waiving extradition to North Dakota.
If crowds are an indicator, West Fest 2007 was a whopping success with thousands of people lining Main Avenue and Sheyenne Street for the annual grand parade which this year boasted 156 units of all types and sizes, representing all facets of the community. The five-mile run that started at Elmwood Park also showed remarkable participation with 80 runners involved; the Valley Vintage Car Show, held both days, realized an outstanding attendance; as did a variety of other activities held throughout the day, concluding with the popular Fireman's Ball in the evening. Two West Fargo High gradua
A special benefit event for Harlan Muhlenbeck has been set for Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Speedway Event Center, 680 W. Main Ave., West Fargo. Muhlenbeck has been seriously ill with TENS (Toxic Epidermal Necrosis Syndrome), a disease that causes the equivalent of second degree burns on the inside and outside of the body.
Carrie Scarr has been named the new Assistant Director at the West Fargo Public Library, a position she will assume Oct. 1. Scarr holds a B.A. in English Literature from Boise State University and an MLS from the University of North Texas. She has previously worked in public libraries in Boise, Idaho, Denton, Texas, and most recently at the Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa. Library Director Sandra Hannahs said "we are delighted to have Carrie join us at the Library.
West Fargo residential and commercial users will be seeing a minimal water rate increase the first of the year. West Fargo City Commissioners placed on first reading Monday night a change in the ordinance relating to water rates and charges. The current minimum service charge of $7 for the first 2,000 gallons of water used will remain the same; while the rate for additional water usage over the 2,000 gallon base amount will be seeing an increase, going from $3.50 to $4 Jan. 1, 2008, per 1,000 gallons of water used. That fee will go up again Jan.
Hats off this week to anyone who played any sort of role in West Fest this past weekend. It was a truly phenomenal day, with thousands turning out for the grand parade and other festivities scattered throughout the community. Doing what it takes to help others seemed to be a common thread with members of the West Fargo Volunteer Fire Department, taking a lead role in accomplishing just that while strolling the parade route. For the second year in a row, they conducted their 'pass the boot' campaign, with proceeds presented to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in memory of fellow firema
I have been baking Bisquick Impossible Pies for the last 20 years, and the recipes for the famous way to prepare a one-dish meal in a pie plate that makes its own crust while it bakes, only continue to grow. What is so appealing is the ease in preparation, in that for most of them the only 'bowl' you need is a blender. Just pour everything in, mix well for 15 seconds, pour in a slightly greased plate and you have some of the most remarkable meals or desserts ready to serve in an hour's time, with most of that time spent in the oven. Cleanup is also a breeze.
The West Fargo Area Chamber of Commerce and the West Fest Committee are placing the finishing touches on the 16th Annual West Fest Community Days with this year's theme "The City on the Grow" - "Proud to be an American City," which will be celebrated this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept.
I hope if you're in town this weekend you'll consider getting caught up in the community spirit by celebrating some aspect of West Fest. Simply stated, West Fest is one of the most enjoyable family-oriented community celebrations you'll find anywhere. Chris Barton and her staff at the Chamber have been working long and hard to ensure that the 16th annual event will be the best it can possibly be. From the always crowd-pleasing grand parade with over 100 entries, to the two-day Valley Vintage Car Show at the Vets Arena, to the magnificent kids and teen line-up, to the fantastic fireman's