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What a difference a year can make. Especially when it comes to the weather. Last year at this time we were experiencing downright balmy temperatures reaching the 70-degree mark. Definitely not the case this year. With spring officially upon us today, winter continues to rear its unrelentless head, bombarding us with weekly snow and wind blasts and little temperature relief. According to longer-range reports, we can expect two more weeks of the colder stuff before a much anticipated warm up that hopefully will pave the way for continual improvement.
Winter reared its ugly head again for the third weekend in a row raising havoc with roadways, visibility and forcing the cancellation of schools resulting in a much welcomed snow day for the students. The only problem this time, the high winds and cold sub-zero temperatures were unwelcome negatives for those wanting or needing to spend time outdoors. A white snow wall hit West Fargo early Sunday evening, greatly reducing visibility to almost zero before subsiding a bit making roadways somewhat negotiable in town.
West Fargo City Commissioners went on record Monday night, unanimously approving an extension of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) programs for five West Fargo businesses as well as New Industry Exemptions, all for the year 2013. All had met the necessary criteria for job creation and other areas for the continuance of a 100 percent property tax exemption. The businesses included: Infinity Windows, 1512 9th St. NE, Integrity Windows, 1320 9th St. NE, Midcontinent Communications, 50 22 St. E., Moore Engineering, 925 10th Ave. E. and Caterpillar Remanufactuing, 1262 W. Main Ave.
With St. Patrick’s Day Sunday Irish recipes have been flying fast and furious, some a little too complicated for my liking. Wearing the green or not, nothing says it better on the day than a huge bowl of homemade Irish Stew accompanied by its traditional counterpart Irish Soda Bread. Even better, is the relative ease involved with preparing each recipe, relying on a few simple ingredients already more than likely in your fridge or on your pantry shelves.
Each year, at least for the past several, The Southeast Fargo Regional DUI Task Force in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), have been stepping up their efforts in early March to deter impaired drivers. This year will be no exception with an increased campaign to keep individuals from driving under the influence set to begin Friday, March 15 and continue through Saturday, March 23.
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.