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West Fargo City Commissioners presented a positive overview Monday night, speaking of the City's growth and future needs during the annual state of the City message that noted accomplishments in 2006 and plans for 2007. Mayor Rich Mattern said that the phenomenal growth the City has been experiencing the past several years is continuing, with West Fargo estimated to be the fifth largest city in North Dakota. "Once construction has been completed on the dwelling units permitted, it is estimated that the population of West Fargo will be more than 24,000," he stated.
"She's been the perfect wife," 98-year-old Tom (Thomas) Pederson beams as he talks of his longtime partner in life, Julia, 96, who he affectionately refers to as 'Jul.' I knew when I married her that she was absolutely the right one for me and I still feel the very same way today." The reflection is the result of conversation regarding their upcoming 75th wedding anniversary which they will celebrate Feb. 6. As they talk, the two of them only complement each other with their quick responses and loving glances. Still on the name topic, Tom explained.
A 19-year-old business landmark in Westgo Square has closed its doors. Jiggs and Pat Anderson, owners of Jiggs' Homestyle Restaurant, located at 405 W. Main Ave., served up their last food to customers on Saturday, with the highly-popular restaurant officially discontinuing business at 3 p.m. that day. Both Pat and Jiggs had indicated earlier that retirement was imminent. Jiggs has been experiencing health problems and was no longer involved in the day-to-day operation. "We're both sad to leave," Pat said, "but it's just time.