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Three North Dakota junior volleyball teams -- featuring 16 West Fargo players-- joined 445 other teams from across the nation to take part in the 38th Annual Asics Junior National Championship tournament, which is the oldest running "mega volleyball event" in the United States, on the weekend of June 14. Both junior boys and girls teams, ages 12-18, competed in the tournament that drew over 5,000 athletes, fans and college recruiters from all over the nation.
Last month, Harwood's Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran competed in a friendly softball game at Rivertree park in Harwood. The event was coordinated by Maple Sheyenne's Evangelism Chairperson, Greg Geston. A picnic meal of hot dogs and pot luck desserts was held for players and the 60 fans in attendance before the opening pitch. The fans came from both congregations and gathered to cheer on their respective teams. The game saw many hits and many runs from both teams. In the end, Zion Lutheran's team ended up winning 20-15.
The Mrs. Miss and Miss Teen North Dakota International Pageant is accepting applications for the 2014 state pageant set for Dec. 7 in Fargo. By applying now, you may be eligible to represent your city or county in the 2014 Mrs. Miss or Miss Teen North Dakota International Pageant. The North Dakota International Pageant system is a program that recognizes North Dakota's girls and women and their accomplishments as the official state preliminaries to the Mrs., Miss and Miss Teen International Pageants to be held in Jacksonville, Florida next July.
Get your motorcycle, classic car, hot rod, street rod or cruiser ready for a beautiful drive during the tenth annual Home Builders Care Charity Ride Aug. 17. The first registration point will be at Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, 1802 32nd Ave. S., starting at 10:30 a.m. Registration will also be available at noon at E.L. Peterson Park, Pelican Rapids, Minn.
Arthur W. Jones VFW Post 7564 and Ladies Auxiliary, West Fargo, will host their annual community picnic on Sunday, July 21 at Elmwood Park in West Fargo. The picnic is open to the public with food and beverages served at noon. Cost is: adults, $5, children 7 to 12, $3, and children under 7 are free. There will be bingo for the adults and games for the kids. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the VFW for some family fun.
Western State Bank recently donated $10,000 to TNT Kid's Fitness & Gymnastics Academy, to support the expansion of their current facility to serve more children in our growing communities. "As Your Hometown Bank, Western strives to give back to the communities we serve," commented Brad Jacobson, Western State Bank President. "We truly believe that TNT Kid's Fitness & Gymnastics Academy greatly improves the lives of the many children they serve throughout our local communities."
Western State Bank recently awarded two local students with $250 savings scholarships as part of their scholastic recognition program, Western Pays for A's. The scholastic recognition program is designed to reward students for their hard work in school. Matthew Hewitt and Nolan Becher, both of West Fargo, were selected as the Western Pays for A's $250 savings scholarships winners for the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year. "Western is dedicated to supporting the communities we serve, especially
Choice Financial presented a check for more than $20,000 to Hospice of the Red River Valley (HRRV) with proceeds generated from the 'Go Hawaiian for Hospice' fundraiser held July 2 in Fargo.
Coldwell Banker First Realty, Fargo, recently named Bryce Huotari to the role of President. Huotari joined Coldwell Banker Commercial First Realty in 2001 as a sales professional and became manager of the commercial division in 2012. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Huotari holds a bachelor's degree in Business and Public Administration, double-majoring in Marketing and Management. Huotari is a licensed real estate agent in North Dakota and Minnesota and attained the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 2006.
The West Fargo Soccer Club has reached a personal milestone with its U19B "FC Packers" team, which played in its first tournament, the Tri-City Tournament in Fargo, on Sunday, June 30. The U19B team is the first entire team to be formed from "new Americans" and those waiting to become American citizens. The team is made up of 14 players from Nepal and three from Somalia. They range from ages 15 to 19 and all are West Fargo students.