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West Fargo residents and businesses will soon have another choice for cable television, internet and digital telephone service. West Fargo City Commissioners placed on first reading Monday night a franchise agreement request from Midcontinent Communications, based out of Sioux Falls, S.D., to provide its full compliment of services to all parts of West Fargo for both residential and business users. The 15-year agreement is patterned after and nearly identical to the one in place for the other local cable service provider, CableOne.
A landmark family-owned business has changed hands effective July 1. Dan's Oil and Service has been sold to Petro Serve USA, according to an announcement from Audrey Casperson, Carol Fjelstad, Elaine Wilhelmi and Dennis Rheault, owners of the longtime community business that has been serving area customers for the past 66 years. The business was originally founded in Horace by their parents Dan and Marie Rheault.
With the first actual case of West Nile virus infection reported last week in our area (Cass County), it's time to pay serious attention to the real health risk posed by the annoying, biting insect. The victim, a female over the age of 60, was not hospitalized.
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.
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.
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.
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.