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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.
Longtime West Fargo resident Jayne Rieth was among nine outstanding leaders in the North Dakota tourism industry honored at the North Dakota Governor's Awards Luncheon held on April 17 in conjunction with the North Dakota Travel Industry Conference in Grand Forks.
Four students at South Elementary School in West Fargo have placed at the state level with the first place winners advancing to the national level of the PTA Reflections Program. The 2013 State PTA Reflections Celebration was held on Monday, April 8 at the Plains Art Museum with Steve Stark the special guest artist. The theme for this year's competition was "The Magic of a Moment."
West Fargo Cleanup Week has been moved from its regular May time frame to the end of September to coincide with Fargo city officials rescheduling the event because of the flood activity. Consequently, the Cleanup observance has been set for Sept. 23-27 instead of May 6-10. West Fargo Sanitation Manager Dennis Correll said the decision to change the date to coincide with Fargo's was a natural one since the week has always been coordinated for the same time metrowide.
After eight years as a West Fargo Senior City Planner, Steven Zimmer is returning to his roots to oversee the family farming operation at Munich, N.D. as well as continue in the profession he loves by starting his own secondary consulting firm. With his parents Richard and Cindy Zimmer retiring, Steven was the natural son to fill the empty shoes and as he approaches the move, which is expected to occur completely by the end of July, his feelings are bittersweet.
We are happy to report that West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen, who underwent heart bypass surgery on April 13, is now home, recuperating and resting comfortably. This according to his wife, Verna, who said he was discharged from the hospital on Friday, April 19 following a "difficult surgery." His regimen involves basically short walks around the house and resting in his easy chair, in an effort to regain strength and stamina in the week off before starting cardiac rehab therapy next week.