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If measure is by involvement then Vern and Casey Baardson are way off the chart engaged on a daily basis in countless giving acts that are forever helping people and changing lives. The West Fargo Exchange Club viewed the couple in that exemplary light recently, honoring them with the prestigious Book of Golden Deeds Award in a special ceremony on Feb. 26. The recognition is made annually to those who have made significant and beneficial contributions to the community. The Baardson’s definitely fall into that category.
Busy continues to be the name of the game for the West Fargo Police Department which wrapped up another hectic year directly attributable to the city’s consistent growth. Statistics released in the department’s 2012 annual report reveal that calls for service grew by almost 4,000 up to 19,704 from the previous year’s numbers of 15,924 and that overall crime was up slightly from 2095 to 2391. West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen describes the trend as “normal” because of the increase in the number of residents which has now risen to over 26,000.
Thanks again to the Pioneer Woman, homemade caramel sauce is brought to a new level, gooey and delicious but not overpowering sweet with its rich brown sugar flavor. Having had my eye on this recipe for quite some time, I decided to attempt it this past weekend. It almost sounded too easy to be true so once I had the ingredients in my pan I carefully “whisked” the mixture for seven minutes once the boiling phase began.
After almost 40 years in the same location, The Barber Hut is moving to a new home. Owner Jeremy Keller is relocating the business from its 213 East Main Avenue spot to a more accessible site with more convenient parking at 408 Sheyenne St., right across from Bell Bank & Trust. The new headquarters is a familiar West Fargo landmark as the former longtime operating base of Doug’s Barber Service and most recently Lucky D’s.
Little did organizer Charlie Weible know that when the inspiration came to him at Christmas time ten years ago to begin an event for the sole purpose of helping families of serving soldiers that it would grow from a simple pancake breakfast taking in $600 to a daylong event filled with countless activities that would turn those fundraising numbers into thousands of dollars.
The West Fargo City Commission voted Monday night to settle a land condemnation case for $11,000 with Kevin and Delight Swingen, who live at 115 32nd Avenue East. During construction in 2009 that involved installing a box culvert to replace a bridge on 32nd Avenue, the city condemned land of the Swingen’s for a temporary construction easement to have access to complete the work.
The Harwood Prairie Playhouse (HHP) keeps dazzling the crowds and their 29th season will be no exception with their adaptation of “The Fox on the Fairway” a tribute to the great English farces of the 30s and 40s according to playwright Ken Ludwig. Performances will be featured March 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and March 10, 17 and 23 at 2 p.m. matinees, at Dawson Hall, Bonanzaville, 1351 W. Main Ave., West Fargo.
Every once once in awhile I have somebody tell me they’ve missplaced recipes that I’ve featured in this column, wondering if I could feature them again. This week is repeat time for two such requests for two, easy fantastic recipes that could easily be your meal bill any evening of the week. The first is a hearty Chicken and Dumplings recipe and the second a delicious coconut cake without any coconut, both of which couldn’t be any easier to prepare.
Our ‘city on the grow’ is continually striving to update and improve as evidenced by the water replacement program presently in the works (see related story), as well as the recent implementation of the ‘state of street clean-up after a major snow event’ link on the city’s web page. Regarding the first, citizens need to take the letter they received in the mail seriously and schedule an appointment so the process can move forward smoothly and efficiently. As for the latter, city staff is thrilled about the reception and usage.
Mayim Stith, a student at the Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center is on her way to Washington, D.C. for national competition March 2 through March 6, as the state Voice of Democracy contest winner with her audio essay titled “ Is our Constitution Still Relevant?”