If theres one common denominator between North Dakota and Minnesota today, its that both states are looking very hard at the ways in which they fund state programs. From schools to welfare programs, it seems like everything has been placed under the microscope while one state (North Dakota) deals with a surplus and another (Minnesota) continues to dig out from four years of reckless spending after a Hollywood governor. The other thing that the two states seem to have in common is a propensity to look toward gambling as a new source of income.
Final details were put in place for the new athletic facility to be located east of the West Fargo High School and Veterans Memorial Arena, as the West Fargo School Board approved bids on land preparation and electrical work. The complex will consist mainly of a track, grandstand with seating for 2,000, lighting, a press box, six tennis courts and an irrigation system. The Board rejected all bids for a track surface, as the cost came in too high and the District is still considering which surface it will use for the facility.
A second winter activities coach has been tossed into the center of turmoil, as wrestling head coach Steve Marquart has been fired as the leader of the West Fargo Packer wrestling program. Marquart, whose teams captured five straight regular season Eastern Dakota Conference championships over the last five years, and four straight region titles, was informed by Superintendent Chuck Cheney earlier this month that he would not be invited back as the head coach of the varsity boys wrestling team, a position hes held for the last 12 years.