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The Holocaust is, unarguably, one of humanity's darkest periods; a time of great transgression toward many groups of people, particularly Jews, who suffered and died during some of the most inhospitable and inhumane conditions in history. And last week at West Fargo's Cheney Middle School, students had the horrors on display as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day, hosted by a trio of eighth grade language arts classes. "We are proud of our students. They worked very hard," said Judy Maier, one of the three teachers whose classes presented the event.
The West Fargo baseball team looked pretty comfortable at the top of the East Region standings. Too bad it couldn't last. The Packers picked up their first losses of the season last week, including a sweep by Fargo Shanley on Monday and a split to Fargo North on Thursday. With a 4-3 conference record, West Fargo was bumped from first to fifth place in the standings, despite an 11-3 overall record. Fargo Davies currently is No. 1 at 5-0 in the Eastern Dakota Conference and 12-2 overall. The sweep by Shanley was a close matchup.
On a recent Thursday morning, the sound of a hundred thundering feet reverberated down the hallways of South Elementary School in West Fargo. It was only 7:30 a.m., but the school gym already was full of students laughing, talking and doing something they had either grown to enjoy, or inherently loved: running. "It's really, really fun," fifth grader Claire Spaeth said, with beads of sweat rolling down her flushed cheeks.
By Tyler Shoberg It's early yet, but the West Fargo girls soccer season is shaping up nicely. In their first week of competition, the Packers are undefeated after four games.
If everything keeps going at the same pace, another state championship looks to be in the works for the West Fargo softball team. With three more victories in the bag last week, the Packers improved to 5-0 in the Eastern Dakota Conference and 7-0 overall. But they are not alone at the top of the heap. Fargo North also sits at 5-0, 7-0 and looks to be a viable threat to West Fargo's possible 15th straight state title.
By the time Friday's filing deadline rolled around, a fifth and final school board candidate had added her name to the pool for the election this summer. West Fargo resident Gail Flom, a criminal investigator for the Department of the Treasury, filed her paperwork with the school district last Tuesday. She joins four other candidates, including incumbents Kay Kiefer and Pattie Stedman, and newcomers Jeff Shirley and Shelley Treib. The candidates are vying for three open school board seats. Aside from Kiefer's and Stedman's seats, Ben Koppelman's term also is up.
Lured under the guise of a "secret meeting" in the Cheney Middle School theater, teachers filed in early Thursday morning before classes to get it over with as quickly as possible. It was only a few short hours until a holiday weekend, after all. But the jig may have been up after seeing the myriad of television news crews and a bouquet of flowers on stage. In actuality, it was a very special morning in the West Fargo School District, as officials announced the 2012-13 teacher of the year, Andrea Noonan. Nominated by multiple persons, Noonan, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Ch
And then there were four. Two more candidates - one incumbent and one newcomer - have thrown their hats into the ring for this summer's West Fargo school board elections. Newcomer Shelley Treib and incumbent Patti Stedman filed their paperwork with the district last week. They join two others: incumbent Kay Kiefer and ex-school board member Jeff Shirley. School board hopefuls have until 4 p.m. Friday to file Affidavit of Candidacy and Statement of Interest forms with West Fargo business manager Mark Lemer.
The West Fargo track and field team has, for most of the spring, had a stranglehold on their competition. They didn't lighten their grip at the East Region Indoor meet last week, either. As they did in their previous "indoor" season meets - which were, for the first time, all outdoors - the Packers swept the field, taking home both girls and boys titles. The meet, which was rescheduled outdoors to West Fargo High School thanks to an amazingly warm and dry spring, was a good Eastern Dakota Conference litmus test for the months ahead.
Lawnmowers are like mechanical yawns: as soon as one begins whirring away, within minutes, more will follow. But even while neighbors up and down the block are happily grooming their well-manicured greenery weeks earlier than normal, I've hesitated. Heck, I only recently threw gasoline stabilizer in the tanks of my snow blower and ice auger in preparation for a few months of nonuse; firing up the lawnmower just seems...wrong. Admittedly, I was briefly convinced that jumping too eagerly into this unnaturally warm spring would assure a quick rebuttal from Old Man Winter.