West Fargo Pioneer Staff Report
Every two seconds, someone needs blood. This year alone, blood transfusions will help to save or sustain the lives of more than 5 million patients. United Blood Services encourages the West Fargo Community to come out and support the West Fargo Fire Department's effort to save lives through blood donation on Wednesday, August, 28, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the West Fargo Fire Department, 108 1st St.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Casey's General Store in Horace are teaming up this summer for the "Make a Muscle, Make a Difference" program, which helps to send children in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota affected by neuromuscular disease to MDA Summer Camp.
Matt Ackerland recently joined Western State Bank, as Vice President of Retail Banking. His duties will include directing and supervising the retail banking efforts in the bank's seven locations. Ackerland has over 12 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining Western, he served as a District Manager at Wells Fargo. Originally from West Fargo, Ackerland pursued the Business Management Program at the University of Mary, Fargo. He is actively involved with the United Way of
High Point Networks, LLC has hired two in their corporate office in West Fargo -- Chip Bartunek as Project Manager and Colin Carpenter as Service Desk Technician. Bartunek has 15 years of project management experience in the industry. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a graduate of North Dakota State University. He was previously employed by Sanford Health in Fargo. Carpenter is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead. He was previously employed by Allied Building Products in Fargo.
The West Fargo Park District's Farmers Market and Beyond will be relocating for one sale date. Due to the 2013 State Legion Baseball Tournament, the market on Thursday, Aug. 1 will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Scheels Soccer Complex, 1010 13th Ave. W. instead of the usual South Elmwood Parking lot. Entries are also being encouraged for the Sixth Annual West Fargo Parks Dog Show set for Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Elmwood Park Shelter, 500 13th Ave. W.
Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church will be hosting the last concert of its summer worship and music series on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. Featured performers are Friends and Neighbors Bluegrass Band. Fellowship time and dessert will follow the concert that is free and open to the public.Maple Sheyenne is located at 8711 40th Ave. N., rural Harwood.
A group of employees at Bell State Bank & Trust have announced they are using $1,000 in "Pay It Forward" funds as well as several personal donations to match a $4,500 gift from the Fargo- Moorhead Area Foundation for Spare Key, in support of the non-profit's expansion in North Dakota.
It has been said that every soldier, no matter their military occupational specialty (MOS, or job skill), is a rifleman first. All soldiers understand that there are three essential skills to ensure mission success: shoot, move and communicate. Spc. Jennie DuShane, a military policeman from West Fargo understands the importance of these three skills. Last month, DuShane had the opportunity to hone her shooting skills and became the North Dakota Army National Guard's first female Squad Designated Marksman.
Four West Fargo High School students have been awarded scholarships by the North Dakota Dollars for Scholars organization. Those students and the scholarships they received include: Sidney Greenlund and Amber Swart, each a $1,000 NDDFS Returning Student and Graduate Student Scholarship; Chelsea Wangen, a $500 NDDFS College Access Grant Scholarship; and Danielle Anderson, a $1,000 NDDFS Military Scholarship
Attendance for the 2013 Red River Valley Fair which just completed its six-day run July 9 through July 14 have been estimated at 117,000 an increase over last year's figures of 105,000 visitors. Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz stated, "We are extremely pleased with the attendance and ticket sales for 2013. The weather played a large role in the amount of attendance and sales. We also had a phenomenal grandstand line-up. Hunter Hayes pulled 18,200 on Friday, July 12 and The Band Perry estimated 21,000 in attendance. We couldn't be happier."