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If the city of West Fargo is going to build a new community center, they might as well go big. At least that seems to be the conclusion of city officials after a joint meeting of the City Commission, School Board, and Park Board last Wednesday at the public works building in northern West Fargo. "West Fargo needs something to draw people in," school board member Dave Olson said.
Crammed into a small room Thursday at the STEM center in West Fargo, parents and their Packatahnas gathered for a state tournament sendoff. The West Fargo dance team's season was winding down. After state, they'd be going on a longer trip that would take them all the way to Florida and another shot at a national title. Another shot at glory. Captains Ashley Gerdes, Alexis Cowley and Ashley Vangerud know this all too well.
The West Fargo boys swimming and diving team has had a bit of a break since their last competition Jan. 14. Whether it helped them is a topic of debate, but the results from their most recent meet sort of picked up where they left off. The Packers traveled to the Jamestown Invitational last weekend, where they put on quite the show. After defeating the host Blue Jays 120-66 on Friday, the Packers had Top-2 placers in eight events Saturday to run away with first place. West Fargo racked up 580 points in the win, beating out second-place Bismarck Century by a whopping 133.5 points.
Bailey Jo Aanenson, 15, recently learned a startling statistic: according to reports, kids her age are the most likely to be kidnapped. She could hardly believe it. "I was like, really? That's us," she said. But instead of dwelling on the information, Aanenson decided to do something about it. With help from the West Fargo Police Department, Aaenenson and a partner, Samara Strack, recently put together a self defense class for their Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center peers in West Fargo.
It's been just two years, but with a burgeoning district, West Fargo Public Schools already is looking to change its boundaries. The school board unanimously approved to accept a proposed plan by the Boundary and Demographics Advisory Committee, which was comprised of district staff, parents, community members and board members. Twenty-four people met five times since the passing of the May 24 building bond referendum to discuss boundary changes.
The wins just keep racking up for West Fargo sports. Last week, both girls and boys hockey and basketball teams notched victories - and nothing but. Without too much fluff, let's get down to the nitty gritty of the who's who and the what's what. Girls basketball bests Huskies, Hi-Liners The West Fargo girls basketball team is on a tear of historical proportions. They padded their No. 1 ranking with two wins over Eastern Dakota Conference foes last week, improving their record to 9-1. Not bad, according to Packers coach Barb Metcalf. "We haven't peaked yet," she said.
Last year, the West Fargo wrestling team's lone blemish at the Grand Forks Dual tournament came from a loss to Bismarck. The Packers got their revenge last week. In unprecedented dominating fashion, West Fargo went a flawless 5-0 during the same tournament, which spanned Friday and Saturday. More impressive still, however, were the scores; the most an opponent gained on the Packers was 14 points. In short, West Fargo dominated. "We wrestled pretty well," coach Kayle Dangerud said. "We won some matches that were tossup matches. It was a good weekend." A slight understatement?
It felt like running on a sandy beach - minus the sand, waves or any inkling of heat normally associated with a beach. Four inches of powder snow had fallen Sunday by the time my dog, Remy, and I headed out for a six-mile run. It was still falling, and continued to do so as we meandered the gradually disappearing river trails that parallel the mighty Red in Fargo. Running through the squishy, slippery mess was tough, and it added nearly a minute to my mile average. But the extra exertion required to cover the same distance felt great.
A property owner's request to bear the financial burden for site improvements sounded almost too good to be true to West Fargo city commissioners during Monday's meeting. The city commission unanimously approved The Nordick Group's request for a tax increment financing district on 76 acres of property it owns, located south of 12th Avenue Northeast and west of Ninth Street Northeast in West Fargo.
Maybe the referees are out for the Packers, or maybe the boys hockey team is just too aggressive. Whatever the case, one thing is clear: West Fargo players are spending way too much time in the sin bin. Penalties played a big part in the Packers' two losses last week; an aspect that co-coach Tim Capouch said has to change if his team wants to win. "We're playing good hockey, but we have to limit our penalties," he said. "We're spending way too much time in the penalty box." To date, West Fargo has the second-most penalty minutes in the Eastern Dakota Conference at 152.