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West Fargo City Commissioners gave unanimous approval Monday night to a request from Petro Serve USA for final plat approval of Petro Serve 1st Addition, that will pave the way for development of corporate offices and a fuel facility, on the 7.37 acre parcel in the northwest corner of the city, north of Main Avenue West and West of 15th Street Northwest. The west property is developed with warehouse and shop facilities; the middle is the former site of the Hi-Ten Hotel; and the east property is the former Smokey's Restaurant that closed several years ago.
It's hard to believe West Fest has already been around 22 years. Quite a distinction and really amazing to watch the small celebration evolve and prosper, completely in sync with the ongoing community growth. The interest in the event has also grown comparatively with thousands now showing up to line Sheyenne Street and take in all the event has to offer, in particular, the grand parade, which many would describe as the highlight of the daylong festivities.
West Fest Saturday will receive a jump start with 10K, 5K and a 2 Mile Run/Walk coordinated by Fargo Marathon founder and organizer Mark Knutson. The event will warm up the parade route from 8 to 10 a.m. along Sheyenne Street which will once again serve as a core hub of West Fest activity. Knutson emphasizes that the event will serve up something for avid runners and walkers alike. "I encourage everybody to be a part of it, even if you are not a runner. The 5K or 2 mile is perfect for walkers and it will be fun to be out there."
The recent attention to non-payment of West Fargo water bills on time resulting in a $10 late fee is a real eye-opener if you think about it. Statistics show that approximately $137,000 was collected in late water bill fees in 2012. If you do the math, that equates to 13,700 offenders per year and breaking it down even further to about 1,100 a month. That seems like a lot in a city that bills 9,071 users every month. In fact in August of this year alone, 1,174 customers didn't pay on time resulting in a 13 percent delinquency rate.
Brand new to this year's West Fest Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 21 will be a 10K, 5K and a 2 Mile Run/Walk coordinated by Fargo Marathon founder and organizer Mark Knutson who is excited to be part of the action that will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. starting out on Sheyenne Street.
When all is said and done with the frantic development that is currently going on, Veterans Boulevard in West Fargo is going to pretty much have it all, making it conveniently easy for residents to find whatever they need to shop for along the bustling corridor. The roadway officially opened in August of 2009 as an extension of 9th Street East, with the name changing to Veterans Boulevard at 19th Avenue South.
It's almost fall marking the time for some of the community's popular events that are just around the corner, i.e. Big Iron, West Fest and one involving our neighbors to the north, Harwood Community Days. The 33rd annual Big Iron will fill the Red River Valley Fairgrounds next week featuring the newest and most innovative selection of agricultural equipment and related product display you will find anywhere in the upper Midwest, with organizers expecting approximately 80,000 visitors during the three-day run.
West Fargo's Thirteenth Avenue will soon be home to two welcome additions, a HomeGoods store that will fill the Old Navy building in Westgate Commons at 1500 13th Ave. E. and a Marshall's Store that will be taking over the current Big Lots location on the end of the mall.
The streets will come alive in Harwood this weekend as residents and businesses alike observe Community Days Friday evening, Sept. 6 and all day Saturday, Sept. 7. The event promises to be family-oriented packed with something for everyone to take in and enjoy. The celebration will feature a free movie at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center for the Children. "Oz the Great and Powerful" will be showing sponsored by the Harwood Park Board.
Big Iron will be back for its 33rd annual three-day run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 10, 11 and 12 ar the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo. Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p. m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Billed as the largest farm show in the upper Midwest, the event will feature over 850 exhibitors, training sessions, demonstrations and countless opportunities to connect with peers in agribusiness.