During the 2002 season, as the Minnesota Twins were on their way to their first of three consecutive American League Central Division Championships, a funny thing happened on the way to the Metrodome. That year, General Manager Terry Ryan made the popular decision (locally popular, that is) to draft Minneapolis area product Joe Mauer ahead of pitching phenomenon Mark Prior, then a senior with the University of Southern California. The reason was, at the time, the Twins pitching staff was loaded.
Kelly Donlin earned two wins, and the West Fargo Packers girls tennis team got the season off to a good start last Tuesday, cruising to a 6-3 win over the Valley City Hi-Liners in Valley City. Donlin rolled to an 11-4 win in the tie breaker after tying Kaylee Callahan at one set each. She dominated the opening set, winning 6-1, but Donlin stumbled late in the second set and fell 6-4.
West Fargo was nipped twice by Eastern Dakota Conference leader Fargo Shanley and again by Wahpeton High in its opening week of play, but coach Brett Peterson isnt too concerned. If we get a couple of bounces our way, its a totally different story, he said. It was kind of a rough week when it came to luck. The Packers, who opened the season with a split at Red River, fell to 0-2 in EDC play with the loss to Shanley. They opened Thursday nights double-header in Wahpeton with a 15-1 bashing of the Huskies, earning them their first conference win.
Last week, I was privy to a long-range planning session held by the West Fargo School District as administrators and teachers worked together to try and find new ways to reach kids in the West Fargo School District. A hot topic was revisiting the way a subject is presented to children. After all, in a changing society, kids are frustrated (my word, not anyones at the meeting) with sitting through endless lectures and cheesy movies. Now, our teachers have already made big strides in finding what works and what doesnt.
Steady coaching, a flock of returning players and an extended season thanks to Mother Nature have the West Fargo Packers eyeing a State A Boys Golf Tournament bid as a team for the first time in recent memory. Leading the charge are coaches Chuck Gad, Steve Anderson and assistant Dan Wolff, who have put the program under their combined wing for the last six seasons. Gad, who has fought through health problems, is enjoying his second go-round as the head of the program, while Anderson has served has his right hand man since his return.
Talking to head coach Jim Flores about this years West Fargo Packer girls soccer team, the longtime skipper was concerned about offensive production. The nervousness might have been eased throughout the course of the first two weeks of the season, as West Fargo has outscored its opponents 18-1 en route to a 2-0-1 start to the 2005 campaign. Leading the way is junior forward Nicole Hertel, who broke a school record with four goals in Saturday afternoons 12-0 drubbing of Devils Lake. Nics just got a good sense of where she needs to be, Flores said.
Paul Grahams presence in West Fargo is unmistakable. The former banker has lived in the City on the Grow since the days of meat packing plants, gravel roads and a significant lack of stop signs. For more than 53 years, hes called the community his home. Thats why, after retiring from Alerus Financial nearly a decade ago after more than 40 years of service, Graham ditched a chance at retirement to seize an opportunity to give back to the community, working part-time as a bus driver for the Fargo Senior Commissions transportation program.
Its been through many facelifts, fires and fronts. It has seen the heyday of trolleys, the Model A and even the horse and buggy. It is, in fact, the soul of this city. And its back. Downtown Fargo has been through a nationally recognized renaissance. While the movie may have put the name on everyones map, the hip trends that dot downtown today have stolen headlines in publications like the USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.
West Fargo School Board members joined administrators, staff and teachers on Monday night as they collaborated through a session to revise the West Fargo School Districts Long Range Plan. The group discussed everything from parental involvement to curriculum changes as it tackled the plan with the second meeting in a series of sessions to revise the Districts vision for the future.
Sean and Lisa Kiernan are bringing new meaning to the term lets head to the neighbors with their new endeavor into the restaurant business. The couple, who moved back to Horace to raise their daughter almost a decade ago, has opened The Neighbors in the old Horace Roadhouse location, right on Main Avenue in North Dakotas bean town. Were really excited about it, Sean said. Im jumping into it with both feet. Both have a wealth of experience in the food industry.