Like many people, Jerry Schroeder is a man in love with his job. Hes been at it for more than 30 years, and has enjoyed almost every minute of it. But, when you talk with Jerry Schroeder, you see that the Horace man has a passion that goes beyond that. He simply loves life. Schroeder, who moved with his wife, Kathy, from Harwood to Horace a couple of years ago, has a house that backs up to the Sheyenne River. He loves to sit in his kitchen and watch the birds fly from feeder to feeder, seeing woodpeckers, finches, cardinals and much more.
The brand new signs clamped on to the existing Welcome to West Fargo signs organized by the West Fargo Chamber of Commerce will need some new work, as the West Fargo Packatahnas and the West Fargo High School wrestling squad added a pair of state championship teams ready to be added to the list.
Karen Paulson, an icon at Westside Elementary School in West Fargo, was named the West Fargo School Districts Teacher of the Year for 2006 at a ceremony held at South Elementary during in-service sessions Monday afternoon. Paulson has been a first-grade teacher at Westside for 26 years. Its unbelievable, and very exciting, she said after she accepted the award. I saw one of the teachers from our first-grade team here who is on maternity leave, and I asked her what she was doing here.
Students at both West Fargo High School and the Cheney Middle School have put the final touches on their contributions to the Lake Agassiz Arts Councils Herd About the Prairie project. Students at the Cheney Middle School completed their creation last week, while the high school art students are making the final touches and are set to help transport their creations to Luther Auto Body in Fargo for a weatherproof coating that will help the bison remain on display this spring and summer. Herd About the Prairie is the regions largest public art project and fundraiser that will introduce a
Granted, while you read this, the March weather outside could be gloomy and chilly, as springs around here often are. But the fact is this is a solid week for sunshine. This week marks the fourth annual observance of Sunshine Week in North Dakota, a seven-day period started back in 2003 to mark the principles of North Dakotas open government. A constitutional amendment approved by North Dakotans created the Sunshine Laws, which ensure residents of this state a government that will be open and available with the public.
After the West Fargo Packer girls opening round, double-overtime loss to Bismarck High, a game that could have gone either way about three or four different times in the final eight minutes, head coach Lynette Mund was at a loss for words. I dont know, she said. Ive never seen anything like that. We were ahead by six points, we were behind by nine. We were done at the end of regulation, and then we were in double overtime.
Head coach Greg Limke wont be the first to say anything bad about the Alerus Center. Playing in the Eastern Dakota Conference Tournament there twice, the West Fargo Packer boys squad has made the East Region Championship game on both occasions. But, one thing he cant deny is his teams shooting woes in the big arena.
Things such as underage drinking and smoking are on the decline in the West Fargo School District, but many kids are still experimenting with drugs at a higher rate than normal according to a Youth Risk Behavior Study analyzed by the School Board at Monday nights meeting. Assistant Superintendent Louise Dardis said West Fargo students are higher in most areas where drugs are involved than the state averages when it comes to responses on the YRBS, conducted bi-annually in the District. Use is especially prevalent at the high school level, she said.
It certainly wasnt the finish that head coach Lynette Mund wanted, but the West Fargo Packers road to this years State A Tournament was a much more comfortable trip than in years past. The Packers cruised to a win over Fargo Shanley in the regional quarterfinal, and then played through a barnburner with Devils Lake in the semifinal, qualifying for their first regional championship game since 1998. With two wins in their first two games, the Pack qualified for the State A Tournament next week. Its nice because we were able to come out with no pressure in that last game.
For all of its youth, inexperience and overachieving, the West Fargo Packer boys sure look like one more word could be tied to the 2006 campaign. Contender. West Fargo stunned the hottest team in Class A, Fargo South, with a patient and poised game in the EDC semifinal, en route to the runner-up spot at the Eastern Dakota Conference Tournament last weekend at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. After opening the tournament with a come-from-behind win over Grand Forks Central, a team that proved to be an upstart when it knocked off No.