May is just around the corner. And though April Showers Bring May Flowers as the old saying says, one of those flowers is the unsightly dandelion, a scourge to yard-owners everywhere. Thats why two West Fargo businesses are tackling the problem, along with other yard work, for area residents before those May flowers bloom. You have to get on top of it right away, Lawn Improvements Kevin Muffenbeier said last week. There are already weeds out there. So were getting set to spray as soon as we can.
Practice time is over. Now, its for real. Last weekend, dozens of area drivers took to the Red River Valley Speedway for the Test and Tune day, held Saturday at the track. Friday, theyll take off the training wheels off and start the 2006 season for real, as the track lights it up with the Season Opener. The track will once again be a part of the Wissota regional circuit, racing six classes from Mod-Fours all the way up to the 360cc Sprints.
West Fargos boys of spring will try to take that next step and win one more game in the regional tournament, looking to once again make their way back to the elusive State A Tournament by earning one of the four berths from the Eastern Dakota Conference this year. That hasnt been as easy as it might sound for Brett Peterson and the Packers, who have missed four of the last five tournaments.
For those of you who happened to make the observation that your mild-mannered roving reporter was missing in action last week, you were right. How observant of you. Not one to succumb to illness all that often, I was down with both pneumonia and influenza. See? It takes two airborne diseases to knock me out for four days. So, its with a bottle of water by my side and a handful of aspirin that I take a look back at the news that was.
Both the West Fargo boys and girls track teams enjoyed golden debuts on their new home field, cruising to first place team finishes at the West Fargo Triangular Meet last Thursday. On the boys side, the Packers clipped Fargo North by three points, as both teams outlasted Wahpeton in the meet.
Its definitely tempting to compare and contrast the Flood of the Century back in 1997 to the most recent flood, which etched its place in the regions history with waters that in some places were the second highest ever to be recorded. In 1997, for example, we were victimized by ice. A storm rolled through that, yes, did slow down the melting process, but it crippled the region with wind and sleet so dangerous that sandbagging efforts needed to protect areas were brought to a standstill.
The year 2003 doesnt seem that long ago. Yet, in the two seasons since Jim Flores and his West Fargo girls soccer team made their run to fourth place in that years State Soccer Tournament, his team has won a single game. Thats one for six. But Flores squad was two-for-two at last weekends East-West Crossover in Bismarck, shutting out Minot and Bimsarck St. Marys, perennially two of the better teams in the West. And the Packs one win, a convincing one at that, was over Fargo North at last years tourney.
Engineers and contractors are ready to continue work on the Maple River Dam near Enderlin as soon as the frost is out of the ground and the waters slip back between the banks of the river. That could spare many of the homeowners who spent last week fighting breakout water from the Maple and Sheyenne rivers, which confluence north of West Fargo and southwest of Harwood. It was that water that damaged outbuildings and basements on several properties along Cass County Road 17.
Angie Lund has never been one to back down from a challenge. A young mother, she balanced family and work in order to take the West Fargo Packatahnas program to the level where it is today, paving the way for the past two years back-to-back national titles with her former student serving as the head coach. At the height of her coaching career, she stepped away, starting Just For Kix Dance Studios and taking on other challenges. Then, she came back, just for a short while, to the Packatahnas program she loved. Now, shes taking on a new challenge, and under an even brighter spotlight.
They drive you crazy, dont they? Those teens and tweens that populate the Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo area from August through May, driving those beat-up cars with the radio systems blaring, sporting those baggy clothes, IPod in one hand, cell phone in the other. Its OK. You can admit it. You find them utterly annoying. That is, until they start slinging sand around Sandbag U and building ring dikes on your neighbors property. The fact is, weve taught our children well.