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Sandra Hannahs has been named acting director for the West Fargo Public Library until a new director can be hired. The West Fargo Library Board approved this action last Thursday evening after formal acceptance of the resignation of Miriam Arves, who had served as Director for 31 years.
It appears that the West Fargo Education Association and the West Fargo School Board could be drawing closer to settling contract talks. During a session Monday night, WFEA lead negotiator Tim Scully presented a two-year salary and benefit proposal on behalf of the teachers calling for a 6.15 percent increase in total compensation for the years 2007 and 2008 and a 6.43 percent increase for 2008-2009. The dollar increase of salary and benefits for the first year would be $1,569,977, bringing the District cost to $27,039,766.
Moore Engineering, Inc. has announced plans to construct a new office building at the corner of 10th Avenue and 9th Street East in West Fargo. To help kick-off construction, a Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place Friday, June 29, at 11:30 a.m. on the lot. The 22,500 square foot one-story office building will serve as corporate headquarters for Moore Engineering, Inc., and will be the base for its North Dakota operations.
Fourth of July will be filled with a lot of outdoor cooking and little time to be slaving in the kitchen. Grills will be filled with hot dogs and hamburgers and many will even strike up a second one to prepare the perfect side dishes - corn on the cob and good old tinfoil potatoes, smothered in onions, peppers, mushroom, and lots and lots of butter or 'EVOO' for the more health conscious.
Unbelievably the Fourth of July is already approaching next week, signaling for many the median point of the summer.
With the Fourth of July fast approaching comes the annual message that shooting off fireworks is prohibited by ordinance in the city limits of West Fargo. In fact, the sale of fireworks is prohibited throughout the state until today (June 27), and can only continue through July 5. Police Chief Arland Rasmussen said that so far fireworks complaints have been quiet, but he's expecting calls for service to increase dramatically in the next week from people complaining about the noise, especially those individuals who work night shifts and must sleep during the day.
Miriam Arves has resigned her position as Director of the West Fargo Public Library effective Friday, June 22, ending a 31-year association. Arves said she is stepping down because it's time for a change in her life. "It's been challenging and I look forward to taking my life in a new direction. The staff has been wonderful to work with.
Work on the Ninth Street Interchange, located south of 19th Avenue on 9th Street East, off of Interstate 94, is finally underway. The North Dakota Department of Transportation signed contracts last Friday with Strata Corporation of West Fargo for the opening surcharge phase of the project that will involve placing extra dirt on the overpass embankment for the purpose of forcing the ground to settle.
If all the details play out, West Fargo could have an additional cable service provider. West Fargo City Commissioners approved a resolution of intention Monday night to grant Midcontinent Communications a cable television franchise. The Sioux Falls based company had submitted an application to the City requesting to operate a cable franchise within the city limits of West Fargo.
West Fargo truly lost one of its finest last week with the death of David Bruckner, retired West Fargo Police Department official who stepped down reluctantly two years ago from his position as Captain, due to a recurring bout with cancer. Bruckner was a true professional in every sense of the word, with his humble and caring side always showing through, both for the people he worked with and the people he dealt with on a daily basis through his position. A calm demeanor was his typical nature, driven by a passion for certain elements in his life. It was apparent that he loved his work a