During a regular wrestling practice over the last three years, West Fargo assistant coach Kayle Dangerud could be seen nose down in the mats, taking on some of the best wrestlers in the state right in the Packer wrestling room. Head coach Kayle Dangerud expects much the same. If I expect them to work hard, Im going to have to show a little bit of hard work myself.
For Brianne Gebeke, Kristin Hoy and Emily Vetter, it was one last time to shine. And they took advantage of it. Playing in front of a solid crowd for a summer evening at the West Fargo High School gymnasium, the three former Packer volleyball standouts were sent off with a bang, as they combined to help lead the East All-Stars to a five-set victory over the West, the game-winning point coming on a huge kill by Langdons Justine Stremick off of a set by Vetter. They (the coaches) told me that, when in doubt, go to No. 7 (Stremick), Vetter said.
What is it with fast food companies lately? I mean seriously, the people at the drive through window should ask Which sexual escapade would you like with your meal deal? instead of the standard, Would you like fries with that? Of course I want fries, stupid. Thats why Im here. Im down with pure, unadulterated, grease-soaked potato strings. Period. Sure, the latest trend, thanks in part to Morgan Spurlocks Super Size Me craze, is to sell healthy products at fast-food outlets. Seriously?
About 30 minutes east of West Fargo, Steve and Rodney Hogen grew up on the prairie near Buffalo. There, on the Hogen family farm, they were told about the old Red Trail, a passageway for pioneers who headed west through North Dakota into the eastern hills of Montana. The trail, quite literally ran through their backyard. Neighbors would tell of old arrowheads found near the trail, and other relics left behind by those who trotted toward a new frontier. Today, it is the Hogens themselves who are blazing toward a new frontier, with the first vineyard in southeastern North Dakota.
The impasse panel put in place to hammer out an agreement between teachers and the West Fargo School District has done its job, negotiating its way to a two-year deal that will raise teacher salaries while reducing some health insurance costs to the District over the next two years. Now, the deal will head to the West Fargo Education Association (WFEA) and the West Fargo School Board as a whole, after negotiating teams from both sides failed to find their way to an agreement on their own. The three-member panel was formed by the WFEA and Board negotiating teams back in late June.
Last week, it dawned on me how things had come full circle in the world news. As Florida residents and guests wondered to do about a recent rash of shark attacks, the world was shaken by a terrorist attack in one of the worlds most popular cities.
West Fargos boys of summer returned home for the first time since, well, ever for the regular season when the Patriots hosted Bismarck on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field. Its weird to have your first few home games in the middle of July, but other than tournaments, we havent played here at all, Brett Peterson, head coach of the Pats, said. June was a disaster with all of the rain, so we lost a couple of series that would have been here, and we spent a lot of time on the road. So its nice to be back. Now, the Pats are looking to make hay while the sun shines, so to speak.
After picking up four straight wins to close out the month of June, the West Fargo Aces have melted a little bit in the July heat. The Aces, West Fargo summer baseballs junior club, dropped five of six games in throughout the first week of July, falling to Hankinson and Galchutt and splitting with the crosstown rival Fargo Bombers. But the news wasnt all bad. Jesse Barnacles club sent four members to the Section 1 All-Star Game in Galchutt last Saturday.
The hot air radiated off of the new runways of Fargos Hector International Field, as temperatures shot into the mid-90s this weekend at the Fargo AirSho.
It began, the Walds will tell you, with a lap desk. A neighbor who happened to work as a teacher complained about how she had no place to do her work at home. Bill Wald, an accomplished woodworker, suggested a lap desk, and crafted the piece out of oak. The teacher, in turn, painted some rosemaling on the finished piece, with the help of her sister. They were both into it, Wald said. Actually, I made two desks on the account that she would paint the other desk for us to have in our home.