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Brian Grove and Dean Knutson, co-owners of Allen Ross Photography, located at 1291 13th Ave. E., in West Fargo, were first introduced to the concept of custom designed magazine style digital wedding albums a couple of years ago while attending a professional photographer's convention. They took one look at the elegant, high quality albums displayed by an Italian publishing company and fell in love with the concept. They came back to West Fargo already making plans to make the trendsetting albums available to their customers.
It's much too early in the season to tell if the Packer girls basketball team has the talent to return to the state tournament for the first time in three years. It's very clear, however, that changes are in order with a new head coach. Barb Metcalf, who coached freshman girls basketball the last two seasons, takes over the varsity team after the departure of Lynette Mund.
There aren't too many sure things in high school sports, but there is one sure thing this winter season. The Packer wrestling team won't be as good as it was last year. And that's not such a bad thing. Given West Fargo's success in recent years under coach Kyle Dangerud, one can't help but think the Packers are simply reloading anyway.
Packer basketball fans have known this season was coming for a while now. They knew their basketball team would someday be without Tanner Farkas and Seth Dye, two of the most talented players ever to play for West Fargo. Someday has come, and coach Greg Limke feels he has reason to be optimistic. Although inexperienced overall, many of this season's players received valuable playing time as role players last season.
The Packer girls hockey team doesn't have much history to draw from, but in only its second year of existence the team already has plenty of success to live up to. West Fargo cruised to a 20-4 record and a runner-up finish at the state tournament during its inaugural year last season with only four upperclassmen on the team. But those four upperclassmen were all graduating senior defenders that held opponents to 28 goals for the entire year. "Numbers-wise we didn't lose a lot, but experience-wise, it was a great (loss)," said Packers coach Pat Johnson.
West Fargo boys hockey coaches are so confident in the abilities of their underclassmen that seven freshmen and sophomores made the varsity team this season. It's a clear sign that changes are in order for the Packers. Also, first year co-head coaches Tim Capouch and Troy Miller replace longtime head coach Ross Richards in the wake of his departure from the program earlier this year.
The West Fargo Community Arts Program will be offering adult and after-school art classes this winter. The Community Arts program was initiated this fall as a way to enhance art education and appreciation in West Fargo. The classes will be solely funded by registration fees, with a minimum of 12 students required per class to cover costs. Elementary art classes will be offered to students in grades 1-5 at three locations. Drawing, Painting and Paper Art, will be offered in the Eastwood Elementary art room, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., with sessions held on Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29.
It's been several years since I've had children in daycare, but I remember how hard it was to find someone to fill in when our babysitter got sick or went on vacation. We didn't have the luxury of having grandparents or relatives living close by who could watch the kids for the day if something came up. So when I hear news coverage about the rash of daycares being forced to close their doors in West Fargo and the F-M area recently, my heart goes out to the families. The fact that the daycares closed their doors with such short notice is disturbing enough in itself.
Nineteen women who attended a self-defense class at the West Fargo Library on November 18, learned that you don't need to be strong to get away from an assailant. It is more important to be prepared to outthink the attacker, and to maintain a survival attitude. Prevention is the best defense against becoming a victim of an attack.
The Packer volleyball team - riding a 22-match win streak - went into the state tournament in Minot last week as the favorite to win the state championship. The top-seeded Packers left disappointed, and they blame themselves. West Fargo won its first round matchup with a 3-0 shutout of Bismarck St. Mary's before losing in the semi-finals in five games to Bismarck. The Packers were down 2-0 before coming back to force a fifth game, where they lost 15-13. "It was our mistakes mostly that gave them their points," said senior Blake Selisker. "They were an okay team but not better than us.