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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.
During the last week of April, fourth grade students from Cass County schools including Central Cass, Kindred, Northern Cass, Mapleton, Maple Valley, Fargo, and West Fargo joined over 2000 area students from 45 schools for The Living Ag Classroom at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Other students attending were from schools in Richland, Traill, Steele and Dickey counties in North Dakota and Clay, Becker, Wilkin, Ottertail and Norman counties in Minnesota.
Project Linus received a huge boost last week from Today Show weatherman Al Roker who made a special visit April 18, to the West Fargo home of Lynne and Curtis Olien to conduct live remotes for the popular NBC morning broadcast. Rokers' mission was to literally "lend a helping hand," the theme of his current U.S. tour to bolster awareness and invigorate charity organizations who are not always on the receiving end of funding and outside support, and do not always receive the public attention they deserve to get their word out.
Change is good in that it offers new outlook, perspective, and an adjusted level of professionalism. This week we are experiencing another welcome transition as one of our longtime employees - Sue Cwikla - eases into her new role as community reporter, in addition to maintaining duties as lead person in our graphics department. She is assuming editorial responsibilities left open by the departure of previous reporter Forrest Adams, who accepted a position in Minneapolis. Cwikla's history with our publication is already intense, making her a true natural for this endeavor.
The little girl with the silent voice is now being heard loud and clear. "I can't help but know Ariana had a big hand in this," proud mother Teresa Kaseman said in reference to Senate Bill 2326, signed last week by Governor John Hoeven that will improve healthcare for children with disabilities. Kaseman and her husband, Kevin, of West Fargo, are the parents of three children, Alex, 4, Lucas, 3 and Ariana, 6, who passed away February 23, as the result of an undiagnosed regressive neurological illness.
"Bittersweet" is how Master Sergeants Christopher and Monica Heise are describing the final days of their military careers as members of the 119th Fighter Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard. The West Fargo couple is officially relinquishing ties after a combined service record of 41-plus years. The pair say they are making the move simply because both feel "the timing is right" at this juncture in their lives, and the need to be more involved with their children's activities.