Its hard to be incognito when youre a twin. For that reason, most West Fargo wrestling fans, even wrestling fans around the state, know about Nathan and Adam Lynnes. The West Fargo twins burst on to the scene as sophomores, though Adam was making waves in his freshman year. Both were Eastern Dakota Conference finalists last season, and Adam, at 152 pounds, was a step away from a state championship. Despite the lack of anonymity (except for when people forget which twin is which), there is an advantage to having someone who looks just like you around.
Excuse me if I sound like Colombo when I say this, but where were you Thursday night around 5:30 p.m.? If you were like most people, you were in your family vehicle, heading home from a hard days work, looking forward to My Name is Earl on television later that night when&WHAM! Out of nowhere, seemingly, the heavens opened with some light airy snow, and the winter winds obliged, kicking their movement up to more than 30 mph in order to create mass chaos on the transit home. There was no warning, only the forecast of snow showers appeared on the Internet.
Small in stature, 80-year-old Holocaust survivor David Faber delivered a big message to crowds of students and teachers at both the Cheney Middle School and West Fargo High School last Thursday, his final stop on a tour of the Red River Valley. Faber, a Polish Jew who was only 12 when World War II started and the Nazis marched through his hometown of Katowice, said his countrymen were filled with hate for Jewish people before the war.
Dan and Dawn Ness had driven through the 12th Avenue North and Center Street intersection long enough to know that it had potential. Dan, in fact, had long dreamt of putting a dog kennel at that exact spot. After all, it had good traffic, a rural enough feel that a kennel wouldnt feel out of place, and easy access for customers. Late last December, just in time for Christmas, Dans dream became a reality, as the Ness family opened Sheyenne River Kennels the week before the holidays. We had 27 dogs in here over Christmas, so we jumped right in, Dan said.
One up, one down meant the West Fargo Packers held on, ever so precariously, to their grip on the fourth-seed in the East Region with their play in local hockey action last week. The Packers came from behind to knock of Grand Forks Central front of a solid crowd last Tuesday, completing the season sweep of an old nemesis. Junior defenseman Greg Slominski scored in the ninth minute of the game, midway through the first period, to give the Knights an early lead.
Just a few observations from the week that was: I understand the Fargo School District held a luncheon at a local hotel with area realtors, attempting to find out why there was growth in neighboring Districts while their school system struggles to maintain high enrollment. Fargo, in fact, lost more than 100 students. I assume the realtors informed them of more development in neighboring communities targeted at families, the unprecedented number of housing starts in places like Eagle Run, and the need for community revitalization programs to continue in certain Fargo neighborhoods.
The West Fargo Packatahna train, which so many of the proud parents chant as their girls are taking the floor, keeps rolling right along. So much for the sophomore slump for head coach Gretchen Stafslien. With an unshaken confidence, the West Fargo dance squad swept through state again, taking first in the North Dakota Association of Dance and Drills two major categories, Jazz/Dance and High Kick. The squad took third in the Pom Division with a team routine, just for good measure. It was the teams second straight title in the High Kick category, and third straight in Jazz/Dance.
I realize this is beating a dead horse (actually, our esteemed political cartoonist compared last years event to a rented mule), but the Red River Valley Fair and its esteemed Board of Directors has about four months left to assure residents of the area a decent show. Otherwise, theyre bound to lose more money than last year, which is essentially what started this whole mess of firings, lawsuits and the resulting who did what to whom in the first place.
The Grafton/Park River Spoilers used the man advantage to their advantage, going 2-for-3 on the powerplay, to pull out a 4-0 win in East Region hockey action at the Veterans Memorial Arena Thursday night. The loss was the second straight for West Fargo, who slipped into a tie with the Spoilers for third place in the region standings. The Packers lost to Red River in Grand Forks on Saturday, Jan.
Two West Fargo men were named the best in North Dakota business last week, as Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and North Dakota Ag Commissioner Roger Johnson handed out the Entrepreneur of the Year award to Barry Batcheller of Phoenix International and Tom Kenville of Mid-America Aviation Wednesday at the Marketplace for Entrepreneurs. These are two people who really typify what Marketplace is all about, Conrad, who helped present the two-day event for its 16th year, said. Both Barry and Tom have had distinguished careers. Theyve had a passion for business in North Dakota.