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Serving in the U. S. Congress is one of the most important jobs in the world. The hockey coach at the University of North Dakota may make more money but he affects only one small part of the world. Congresspersons impact just about everything that happens in the United States. Because Congress members have such power, it is important that they perform their duties with a reasonable degree of public confidence. But, according to the latest Gallup poll, they are getting a big fat "F" from the people who hired them.
Eastwood Elementary School in West Fargo has received a generous donation of $1,000 from Fargo Moorhead Builders Exchange. This donation will go toward their take home reading program called "PAKRAT" which stands for People and Kids Reading A lot Together. Eastwood School is a diverse community comprised of more than 540 students, and over 75 staff. The school's student population includes 52% on free and reduced lunch and over 27 different languages with English Language Learners making up about 20% of Eastwood's population.
The Cormorant Area Art Club will hold its 16th Annual Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The event will be held at the Cormorant Community Center located in Cormorant Village, 13 miles south of Lake Park, Minn. and 1.5 miles north of Zobaz on Pelican Lake, Minn. Twenty-five regional artist will display a wide variety of watercolors, acrylic and oil painting, rosemaling, pine needle basketry, prints, cards, clay sculpture and art gift items. Member artists will be from Fargo/Moorhead/West
Brian Ruliffson recently joined Western State Bank, Fargo, as the Real Estate Lending Manager. His duties will include underwriting all secondary market real estate loans, management of secondary investors/vendors and supervision of loan processors. Ruliffson has over 10 years of experience in underwriting. Prior to joining Western, he served as an Underwriter/Real Estate Loan Manager for Sacramento Credit Union, Sacramento, Calif. He is originally from Mapleton, and currently resides in West Fargo, with his wife and two children.
Seth Farkas and Marilee Behling recently joined Choice Financial as Frontline Customer Service Representatives at the bank's location at 4501 23rd Ave. S. in Fargo. Kelcie Priebe joined as a Virtual Banker at the bank's operations center in Fargo. Farkas has retail management experience and holds his bachelor's degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minn. Behling brings more than six years frontline banking experience from Wells Fargo.
Faith Lutheran Church is giving the community a reason to celebrate on Monday. Dr. Rich Melheim will be at the church promoting his book "Holding Your Family Together: 5 Simple Steps to Help Bring Your Family Closer to God and Each Other." As one of the stops on his 50-city book tour, Melheim will advise parents and church leaders on his five-step "FAITH5" program, focusing on strengthening ties between families and God.
West Fargo High School Quarter 4 Honor Roll *Denotes 4.0 Grade 10
Robert and Jennifer Norton, Winner, S.D. are the parents of their first child, a daughter, JoLyssa Elaine, born May 28, 2013 at 4:40 a.m. at Avera McKennon Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. She weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces and was 20" long. Grandparents are Janet and Francis Gerszewski, West Fargo, Mike and Teresa Lautt, Fargo, Joanne and Marlin Stokes, Carrington, N.D., and Bob and Alice Norton, Carrington, N.D. Great-Grandparents are Al and MaryAnn Vetter, West Fargo, Jim and Eleanor Lautt, West Fargo, and Lorraine Carr, Carrington, N.D.
Martha Sloan, daughter of Mark and Jocelyn Sloan, West Fargo, received the North Dakota State University Freshman Academic Scholarship in the amount of $4,500. The scholarship recognizes high academic achievement. Sloan will enter NDSU in the fall and plans to major in architecture. In high school, she was active in National Honor Society. -30-
Students receive MSUM scholarships Heather Brasel, West Fargo, has received a $500 Upper Class Scholarship from Minnesota State University Moorhead, while Amy Matzke, West Fargo, has received a $1000 Upper Class Scholarship from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Brasel is the child of Ron and Renee Brasel, and Matzke's parents are Marty and Debbie Matzke.