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During a special meeting Monday, the West Fargo School Board whittled down a pool of 19 prospective superintendent applicants to four. "This is a really good pool of candidates," school board Vice President Karen Nitzkorski said. "And just because they don't make this list, doesn't mean they aren't good candidates," board member Angela Korsmo said. The remaining candidates are: Northern Cass Superintendent Allen Burgad of Hunter, N.D., West Fargo Assistant Superintendent Louise Dardis, former Fargo and current Hutchinson, Kan., Superintendent David Flowers, and Perham-Dent Superintendent
For the West Fargo baseball team, last season was one of highs and lows. It missed a state tournament berth for the second straight year, but finished second during the regular season in conference play. In his sixth-year with the Packers, head coach Brett Peterson isn't looking back, however - he's looking ahead. "It's always good to start fresh - with a clean slate," he said.
Through time, the number "13" has come to signify different things to different folks. Some see it as a sign of luck, be it good or bad. Others can't get past the image of a machete-wielding psychopath from a certain string of B horror flicks. But for the West Fargo softball team, No. 13 could mean something completely different: the successful continuation of their North Dakota State-title winning streak. For the past 12 years, the Packers have successfully defended their championship crown. Last year they did so with a close 7-6 win over Fargo North.
Adorned in their Easter finest, families cruised down the road en route to small-town churches for Sunday service. In similar fashion, I had donned my best fishing clothes - ratty jeans and an "All My Heroes Smell Like Fish" T-shirt - and headed for open water. The game plan was simple: find water, go fish. But what and where and how didn't really matter - it was the why. The itch that needed to be scratched. The urge to be outside breathing fresh, country air.
West Fargo residents had their voices heard loud and clear last week. The result: no new taxes and no new schools. By less than three percent, the West Fargo School District bond referendum failed March 23, for the second straight year. Had it passed, the district would have been able to move forward on plans of building a new $30 million high school and $10 million elementary school. For West Fargo officials, the loss is frustrating and couldn't come at a worse time.
An overview of the Packers track and field team can be summed up by one word: potential. West Fargo's ranks are filled with capable veterans and eager newcomers, and coach Darin McKinnon sees this as reason for optimism. "We have a young group with another year under them," said McKinnon, who last season was named All-EDC and All-State girls coach of the year. "They're able to jump right in and compete." Recent indoor season results show the Packers are headed in the right direction.
On Wednesday, the Sheyenne River crested - days after the Red River. "In the Horace Diversion, we reached pretty much the same peaks as last year," said Kevin Bucholz, West Fargo city engineer. "And all the ice pretty much came out, so it's starting to go down." For the time being, the worst is behind the valley. But there's another storm brewing on the horizon, one that could potentially carry a heavy price tag: the North Dakota diversion. If the powers that be decide to dig a ditch diverting flood waters from the Red River through North Dakota, who's going to foot the bill?
Besides dealing with the occasional flood, living in the Red River Valley has its perks. For starters, the fertile waters of the north-bound river are teeming with life; giant channel catfish, in particular. Fishermen looking for a drag-peeling tussle need look no further than these whiskered behemoths, which average in the mid-teens and have been known to push 30 pounds. If you've never tried your hand at catfishing, here's some advice: don't over think it. Catching channels isn't rocket science.
On Monday, the West Fargo School board unanimously approved a move to award bids for the advanced refunding of bonds. Myron Knutson, Managing Director for Public Financial Management in Fargo, said the lowest bid taken would save West Fargo residents approximately $345,000 per year for the remainder of the bonds.
Another hopeful has made a bid for one of the two open West Fargo city commission spots. Current West Fargo School Board member Duane Hanson filed his application Monday. Hanson previously said he was undecided whether he would attempt a run for a fourth term on the school board, where he has resided for 11 years and was president from 2003-08 and vice president the previous year. Hanson, a 54-year-old insurance agent who has lived in West Fargo for 21 years, is the second challenger to file for one of the open city commission seats currently held by Lou Bennett and Bryan Schulz.