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'Plan today for the West Fargo you want tomorrow" is the message West Fargo officials are imparting as they strive to update the City's Comprehensive Plan, the first time since April of 2000. Toward that end, a special 'family-oriented' community meeting has been set for Thursday, May 10, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, located in the Lodoen Community Center at 109 3rd St.
A special couple with generous hearts was honored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association Thursday night, and appropriately so. Don and Betty Witham, founders of the weekly West Fargo Pioneer in 1967, have been staunch supporters of journalism and community causes since their beginning days, and continued to do so up until the sale of the company and their retirement at the end of 2004. They reinforced their giving nature last year with an endowment to carry on their dedicated newspaper commitment - a $100,000 contribution to the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation (
The West Fargo Pioneer 'rose to the challenge,' the theme for this years 121st North Dakota Newspaper Association convention, by bringing home a number of honors in the NDNA Better Newspaper Contest including the big one - General Excellence - competing in their respective category of newspapers with circulation of 2000 or more.
West Fargo Sanitation crews will be on their annual mission next week - collecting everything residents are eager to eliminate from their homes and garages as the annual Spring Cleanup campaign is observed May 7 through 11 in the community. "Our process will be the same this year as others," West Fargo Sanitation Department Foreman Dennis Correll said in reference to residents' disposing of materials.
Randy Burkhartsmeier is the newest member of the West Fargo Police Department, joining the staff in January as a Patrol Officer. He is presently involved in completing his training and will be moving into his regular patrol assignment in the very near future. Originally from Rugby, he graduated from high school there and went on to attend North Dakota State University, graduating in 2005 with a Criminal Justice degree. The summer of 2005 he participated in the Lake Region State College Law Enforcement Program in Fargo, graduating in August.
Fire pit containers have become a new hot topic, prompting a number of calls to both the West Fargo Fire and West Fargo Police Department concerning the legality of using the units. Assistant Fire Chief Dell Sprecher said most of the calls are from people contemplating the purchase of a fire pit container, asking 'if' and 'how' they can use them properly at their residences in West Fargo. Sprecher said that fire pit containers with protective screens are allowed to be used within the City limits as long as certain guidelines are followed. They include that: the burn containment area be n
A shop owned by Kent Lindemann of Lindemann Concrete Construction located at 6823 Co. Rd. 17, Harwood, was totally destroyed by a blaze last Friday, April 27. The West Fargo Fire Department responded to the report of a fire in trees close to a residence at approximately 12:30 p.m.
It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it - an old, overused cliché that certainly applies this time of the year with City cleanup week fast approaching. The thought that instantly comes to mind is the West Fargo Sanitation crew who will be out there collecting just about everything imaginable and unimaginable that residents no longer want. These guys do a remarkable job no matter if it's sunny and 70 degrees, or cloudy, windy and snowing, and 40 below zero. Do you ever remember a day your garbage was not collected because of heavy rain or snow or it was simply too cold for crews to be
The Town Hall Bar is celebrating new ownership and management with a special grand reopening party scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at its longtime landmark West Fargo location at 103 W. Main Ave. Greg and Betty Peterson officially took over the business Feb. 19; while Ken Stoltman is the new manager. The Petersons also own Ace Liquors, located directly across the street from the Town Hall, and the Fingal Bar and Grill. The Petersons are both hands-on owners. Betty served as assistant director for a Moorhead daycare for 15 years until it closed earlier this year.
Last November I wrote a column featuring recipes from the Community Presbyterian Cookbook. With over 600 remarkably delicious and easy recipes featured in the book (yes, I personally counted them), my plan was to do another column sharing a few more. Well here they are, and I can tell you I can't personally wait to try a few more of them myself. I started at the front of the cookbook and worked my way back, selecting recipes that I thought would have mass appeal. There are so many fantastic ones, that needless to say it was a very difficult task to pick and choose.