West Fargo Pioneer Staff Report
West Fargo was named 2013 City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities Saturday during the closing event at the League's annual conference Sept. 12-14 in Bismarck. League President and Fargo City Commissioner, Brad Wimmer, listed his neighboring city's accomplishments during the closing conference event Saturday night. "This year's award winner has almost too many achievements to mention," Wimmer told the audience of 400 city leaders.
Farmers, ranchers, business owners, an occupational therapist, clinic operations director, marketing and workforce developer, loan officer and pastor are among members of the North Dakota State University Extension Service's sixth Rural Leadership North Dakota class. RLND has a 10-year history of helping North Dakotans gain the skills they need to help them shape the future of their organization, community and state.
Billed as the largest farm show in the upper Midwest, the event will feature over 850 exhibitors, training sessions, demonstrations and many other ag-related activities as it attracts approximately 80,000 visitors during its three-day run. Big Iron is open to the public. There is no admission charge and always plenty of free parking.
The Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley honored local law enforcement officers at an appreciation luncheon Sept. 4 including several from the West Fargo Police Department.
Watering restrictions are in place beginning Thursday for all residents and businesses in West Fargo. Homes with odd-numbered addresses are allowed to water lawns on odd-numbered days of the month and even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days. No watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering restrictions will remain in place until further notice. Residents with questions can call Public Works at (701) 433-5400.
Family, friends and Shanley High School will host a Benefit to assist Tami Mehl on Sunday, August 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shanley High School, 5600 25th St. S., Fargo. The event will feature a dinner, silent auction and entertainment. Tami was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Inversion 3 on March 19, and admitted to Roger Maris on April 2. Her Leukemia did not respond to treatment so three weeks later she was transferred, via ambulance, to the University of Minnesota Fairview for an additional six weeks, where she is awaiting a Bone Marrow Transplant.
Bonanzaville will be hosting Jr. Miss, Miss and Mr Bonanzaville pageants in Arthur Hall during their 55th Pioneer Days observance at the West Fargo pioneer village on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18. Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, all three pageants will take place with finalists performing a three-minute talent representing the "Spirit of the American Pioneer" of the Red River Valley. A "Best Talent" winner will also be awarded. Participants also completed a 150-word typed essay on "Why they wanted to be a representative as Miss or Mr. Bonanzaville.
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