Community leaders were forced to quickly spring into action last week when rising rivers sent water into neighborhoods around the West Fargo area, including an area in between Harwood and West Fargo, one of the hardest hit areas for this flood. Fargo led the way, declaring an emergency situation on Wednesday night as flood projections were pushed above 2001 spring stage, a year that saw major flooding along the river banks but no real structural damage.
Hidden back behind the Sheyenne River, just south of where it is joined with the Maple, is an area where families have made their homes for years. Familiar names, such as Forness, Duggan, Smith or Roers, joined by new families like the Kuhns, have made this area a safe haven. This week, however, its an area that has become overwhelmed with a sea of floodwater, as it has four times since 1993. Access to the area is limited to a precarious walk across a railroad bridge, with linesmen driving a couple of trucks back and forth making sure that there are no accidents.
This ones for the right-fielder. Pat Johnson and the West Fargo softball program have staked their claim to eight straight North Dakota championships. Whats remarkable about that is that all eight have come in succession, including a win last year when everyone thought the Packer girls were ripe for the picking. Now, Johnson returns his entire corps, including a group of 12 seniors and two juniors on his varsity squad.
Seven-year-old Tanya Holbrook has had a lot of adjectives placed in front of her name. Doctors have called her a survivor. Her teachers call the Eastwood second-grader creative and an inspiration. Her mother, Vicki Jahner, likes to say that shes just plain stubborn. Shes strong and shes stubborn, Jahner said. Otherwise, she wouldnt be here today. As a very little girl, Holbrook was quick to help her mother take care of her two siblings, an older brother and sister. She would provide pillows, blankets and anything else that they might need.
I remember the first time my parents took me up to the top of the hill in our development to where the Sioux Falls Public Librarys Bookmobile was parked. It was summer, so I think we either biked or walked. I hopped into the little truck, snooped around a little bit, and tripped and fell as I came out of the vehicle. At that point, I didnt like the Bookmobile. I was also a very clumsy child. I grew to love the big, metal, book toting beast, however.
Elementary school students were privy to a whirlwind of activity at the Cheney Middle School on Monday afternoon, as the Learning Bank brought kids from all three area school districts (Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead) there for a colorful lesson in culture. Leading the lesson was Ukrainian Kaleidoscope, a presentation group sponsored by the Cultural Kaleidoscope Program out of Kansas City, Mo.
Forgive Darrin McKinnon if hes a little bit impatient with the weather forecasts these days. The unseasonably cold weather, with a little bit of snow in the air at times just to pour salt in the wound, is keeping McKinnons track program from taking its first steps onto its new facility. Its something that is really going to impact the future of this sport here at West Fargo, McKinnon said. We cant wait to get out there together, as a team. But the impact of the new facility is already being felt within the program.
For the second time in four years, Minneapolis was named site of a regional final for this years NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. And, for the second time in four years, yours truly wasnt about to miss a single dribble. Fridays regional semifinal had a true Big East feel, despite the presence of Florida, a member of the Southeastern Conference, and Boston College, a former Big East power now gone to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The biggest news from the West Fargo School Board came Tuesday morning, about 12 hours after the panel finished its regular meeting at South Elementary Monday night. After much consideration, Board president Duane Hanson, the second-most tenured member of the group, has filed his documents to run for re-election to the Board this summer. Four positions for the West Fargo School Board will be open in Junes County Primary election, slated for June 13.
Well, I guess the proverbial cat is out of the bag now. Only this time were talking about a baby. For those of you who had a chance to pick up last weeks Pioneer, you caught the ultrasound for Baby Peanut Schoemer.