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Winter can be a great time of year to experience North Dakota blanketed in a sheet of white. But compared with any other time of the year, traveling can be as treacherous as it gets. Lieutenant Aaron Hummel of the North Dakota Highway Patrol recently offered several tips for drivers this winter season.
Heather Baker loves her job as a Special Education teacher in the West Fargo school district. And she's good at it, too. So good, in fact, that Baker recently was named the 2011 Cass County Special Educator of the Year by the Council for Exceptional Children. This is the second year the award has been offered through the Cass County CEC, which is a professional organization that focuses on improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities, as well as those with gifts and talents "This is a little overwhelming," Baker said, during a luncheon for her behalf Oct.
As it is oft to do in North Dakota, wind blows in gusts as I wait in my pickup truck at Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center. A flock of Canada geese, their heads tucked deep into folded wings, rest along the edge of a nearby pond. Corn husks and bits of debris tumble across the closely-mown turf of the adjoining football field. Soon, students filter out of the school and into awaiting yellow buses, diesel engines rumbling. They quickly fill, and the vehicles file out.
The final regular-season meet of West Fargo's girls swimming and diving team was Saturday, and if the results are any indication of things to come, the postseason could come down to a photo finish. Fargo North edged the Packers 96-90 in a dual that witnessed the two top teams in the Eastern Dakota Conference meeting head-to-head. Coincidentally, the next step is the East Region meet, which takes place Saturday at Fargo Davies High School. Diving competition kicks off at 9:30 a.m.
On Friday, North Dakota's favorite unofficial holiday begins. Firearm deer opener, with its traditional noon start, is unarguably the state's most cherished pastimes. For a couple of days, small towns will grind to a halt, farmers will take a break from their tractors, and rural schools will be canceled so students and teacher alike can don their blaze orange garb.
Neither the boys nor girls Packer cross country teams were favored to win Saturday's North Dakota Class A state meet at Rose Creek Golf Course. It was no surprise, then, when Fargo Davies took the girls team crown with 47 points, and Bismarck finished first for the boys after accumulating just 17 points. While the Packers did not win, that does not mean they did not put up a good showing. "Overall, we were hoping to place in the Top 5, but we knew it was going to be close," West Fargo coach Joe Bailey said.
Tech ed has come a long way from simply building bird houses or spot-welding sheet metal tool boxes, at least at West Fargo Public Schools. Nowadays, West Fargo students are just as likely to be programming robots as they are to running a band saw. That is thanks in large part to a shift of focus by the technical education department. With such a high demand in the workforce for people with 21st-Century skills, WFPS decided it was best to start that training young, before students graduated from high school. "We're kind of the best-kept secret.
"Alright guys, 5-minute break," the director yelled. Ten West Fargo boys hockey players glided across Veterans Memorial's rink toward the benches. Exhausted, some leaned up against the boards, while others took a seat. One sprawled out on the ice - face down. It was 2:30 p.m. and they still had a few hours of shooting to go. And they started at 6 a.m. "It's not very fun," sophomore Jacob Hoy said, his head drenched in sweat.
There wasn't anything on the line, except maybe pride. They could just have easily given up and called it a year. But they didn't, and even after falling behind 8-0 early in the second quarter to visiting Grand Forks Central, the Packers fought to the bitter end in their last game of the 2011 football season Wednesday. And when all was said and done, and the final whistle blew, the Packers chalked up their third victory of the year, 19-8, over the Knights. It was a bittersweet moment, as the win made a four-way tie at the bottom of the Eastern Dakota Conference, and the No.
Construction seems to be an ongoing topic for West Fargo Public Schools, and after Monday's meeting of the school board, there may be more of it in the near future. The board unanimously approved action to allow Moore Engineering to begin preliminary construction estimates to fix and improve the West Fargo High School parking lot. "It's been on our radar for a while," WFPS business manager Mark Lemer said. Cost for the preliminary work, which would involve conducting a topographic survey, is expected to be $11,500. At the moment, the school district is planning to foot the bill.