Its a feather in your cap, so to speak, to be selected as president of a bank, especially when you have been in the business for more than 16 years. The icing on the proverbial cake, however, comes when its the bank youve known forever in your hometown. Such is the case of Todd Zabel, a man probably most well-known in West Fargo for his performance on the football field.
For all of the rivalry, and for all of the recognition, the count read like a lopsided football score: Bismarck High 28, West Fargo 0. The two teams have battled each other throughout recent history at the Class A Wrestling Championships. Theyve met a handful of times for the duals championship, a new portion of the wrestling tournament added seven years ago. And West Fargo has tried to chase down Bismarck in the team standings, coming in second three times and third once in the past four years. This tournament appeared to be more of the same.
It wasnt an easy road to the top of the medal stand, but somehow, the top end of West Fargos Wrestlers Row got the job done. Seniors Adam and Nathan Lynnes and Chris Lundberg brought home individual and team gold for the Packers on Championship Saturday at the Fargodome, clinching team glory as the Packers earned the state championship in Class A Wrestling for the first time in school history. It was a storybook ending for a group of seniors, one that extended beyond the championship three to fellow teammates like Lane Lunde, Mike Manske and Tyler Gould during the season.
Weve all been there. Either we know someone who has the dreaded disease, or know someone who knows someone. Chances are, you will never go through your life without it affecting you in some way or another. It is cancer. Last week, news came out that the United States is winning part of its battle with cancer.
As Lane Lunde racked up points faster than Americans are racking up gold medals, he could only breathe a sigh of relief. After battling injuries last year, and going through rigorous offseason to move up three weight classes this year, the West Fargo senior finally had his East Region championship, winning 17-1 to earn the title at 160 pounds. Lunde, one of the most well-liked members of this years edition of the Packers, helped pick up a West Fargo team that was considered by some to be down and all but out of the East Region Championship race.
Hows this for improvement? A year after struggling through a season that saw the West Fargo Packers pick up just five wins on the ice, the squad posted its best finish in a regular season in its young history, placing fourth overall with 11 total wins and 18 points in region play. Aided by season sweeps over rivals like Shanley, Grand Forks Central and Jamestown, West Fargo finished 8-7 in East Region action.
A flight instructor with his student pops in a multi-media card and watches over a flight taken just moments ago, viewing everything from the takeoff to the flight pattern, until, ultimately, the plane lands. Through the magic of technology, its done by a small contraption placed in the airplane itself. Make no mistake, its not a black box. This one is more red and white. The Appareo Flight Data Recorder with 3-D simulator is already on its way, as the company has begun taking orders for the recorder.
About a year and a half ago, Wisconsin-Green Bay forward Nicole Soulis familiarized herself with the Phoenixs schedule for 2005-2006, her junior year. And there it was. A match-up with North Dakota State University. I got on the phone and called everyone, telling them that this was going to happen and that I expected them all to be there, she said. They are Soulis family and friends from West Fargo, whom she left behind when Shelly and David, her mom and dad, pulled up stakes and moved to Green Bay before her eighth-grade year.
As expected, the West Fargo School Board approved bids to begin the construction process on both the Eagle Run elementary school and the new center for ninth grade students. Unexpectedly, and for the first time in the School Districts history of bidding projects, the Board followed Superintendent Chuck Cheneys recommendation and will move forward without one of the low bidders. Pointing out that past performance most often indicates future behavior, Cheney asked the Board to reject the low bid of KBW and Associates on the general contractor portion of the Ninth Grade Center.
Two weeks ago, Lynette Mund was gearing up for games against Eastern Dakota Conference opponents like Grand Forks Red River, Grand Forks Central and Fargo Shanley, guiding her West Fargo Packers girls basketball team to the top of the East Region and third place in the overall state rankings. Last Wednesday, however, Mund was rubbing elbows with Olympic champions like Jennie Finch and Dominique Dawes, preparing to give a small presentation to a Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill. What a difference a couple of weeks makes. The former North Dakota State standout, who was part of th