How is this for ironic? It's mid March, the snow is gone, temperatures are in the 60s and 70s, and the West Fargo track and field team's first meet was relegated to inside Concordia College in Moorhead. Yes, for once in, well ... ever, West Fargo and the rest of the region are in the grips of the earliest spring thaw on recent record. Who'da thunk it? "It's a good problem to have," West Fargo boys golf co-coach Chuck Gad said. Gad, who recently just returned from Arizona, said winter can stay gone, as far as he is concerned. "It's shocking, usually I'm not running around like this.
Zach Carlson has skated nearly as long as he has walked. "Since I was three," he said. But after his freshman year of hockey at West Fargo High School in 2009, the goalie had enough. The politics of the system were getting to him, and the pressure wasn't worth it. There also were seven goalies, including Carlson, ready to move up from Bantams. Besides, being an avid outdoorsman, he missed a lot of great hunting during hockey season. For two years, Carlson gave up the sport that had consumed most of his life.
For the longest time, I considered corned beef a "mystery meat," akin to bologna or summer sausage. Thinly sliced and neatly stacked behind glass deli counters, the scarlet-hued flesh seemed at home betwixt processed honey ham and smoked turkey breast. So imagine my surprise when, as sometimes happens while surfing the Internet, I stumbled upon a reality-warping epiphany: corned beef can be made at home. Cue the cartoon light bulb above my head. Growing up in the Shoberg household, corned beef was a cut of meat primarily purchased for special occasions, especially in March around St.
The three open West Fargo School Board seats on the June 12 primary now have two candidates gunning for them. Early Tuesday morning, Business Manager Mark Lemer said incumbent Kay Kiefer officially filed her paperwork with the school district to run for reelection. The deadline to get a name on the June ballot is 4 p.m. April 13.
Even though ground isn't expected to break on the Sheyenne Middle School's addition until early April, West Fargo's newest high school already has its name. In fact, according to community members and some school board members, it has had it all along. During a West Fargo School Board meeting Monday at Eastwood Elementary School, the board voted unanimously 7-0 to keep the current building's moniker and name the district's newest institution, West Fargo Sheyenne High School. "In my mind, we already named that building," board member Kay Kiefer said, citing the district's past method of
Down to the wire: all the Packers needed was the ball to bounce their way. "We were close," West Fargo girls basketball coach Barb Metcalf said. So close, but just short. After winning the East Region regular season title outright, then following it with the EDC tournament title, the Packers were poised for a clean sweep as the favored team entering last weekend's North Dakota Class A tournament at the FargoDome. West Fargo stormed through their first two games, beating Minot 60-55 on Thursday, and Bismarck 65-56 on Friday. The lone hiccup - and just their second loss of a remarkable
Once again, the West Fargo boys basketball team successfully earned a berth to last weekend's North Dakota Class A State Tournament in Fargo. But for the second year in a row, hopes of placing were thwarted in just two games. After finishing in fourth place at the East Region tournament the week before, the Packers were paired with West No. 1 Mandan in Thursday's opening round. The Braves quickly built a lead in the first half that reached a nine-point spread after a pair of three-pointers with 3 minutes, 45 seconds left.
West Fargo boys swimming and diving coach Marsha Dahl summed up last weekend's North Dakota Class A State Tournament in Mandan thusly: "It was crazy." The Packers culminated a whirlwind season without a single meet loss along the way, as well their first state meet win since 2009. Well, sort of. For the first time in North Dakota prep history, the two-day meet ended in a tie, with East Region counterparts West Fargo and Fargo North sharing the championship crown. So how does that work as far as the trophy is concerned; joint custody? "We'll both get trophies," Dahl said, with a laugh
Eight years after moving to Mapleton and resigning from the West Fargo School Board, Jeff Shirley is back and ready for another term. "Honestly, it's something I've thought about the whole time," Shirley said, of serving again on the board. "I kind of had an empty feeling when I resigned. I didn't really want to and it wasn't my first choice, but that's the way it rolled out." Shirley, 53, turned in his official application with West Fargo Business Manager Mark Lemer last week. As of Friday, Lemer said Shirley is the only applicant on file for one of the three open school board seats.
All season, West Fargo girls basketball coach Barb Metcalf has described her team as having a very "business-like demeanor." On Saturday, the Packers took care of business with their first East Region championship in more than a decade. West Fargo, which has lost just once all season, defeated Fargo Shanley 67-57 on Saturday to claim the Eastern Dakota Conference crown. The Packers defeated Valley City 74-47 in Thursday's opening round, and Grand Forks Central 73-66 in Friday's semifinal game. "We have such a great group of gals who have worked hard all season," Metcalf said.