Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and and at CBS Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
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The West Fargo School Board decided to release former West Fargo HIgh School Boys Basketball Head Coach and physical education teacher Josh Downey from his contract, but not without paying the district damages. There is a provision in contracts that allows the school board to assess damages up to 5 percent, Human Resources Director Robin Hill said. In Downey's case, he will need to pay the district $2,554.
FARGO—A North Dakota businessman recently finalized a $2.3 million donation to the The Village Family Service Center here, the largest in the nonprofit organization's history. The gift from Mike Marcil, a real estate developer and longtime Village advocate, was made in conjunction with his Empowerment Project Foundation and includes 92 acres of prime commercial and residential development land in Arizona. The Village Family Service Center is a human services nonprofit organization based in Fargo.
WEST FARGO — Tonya Vetter, administrative assistant for the West Fargo High School Activities Department, was named the 2017-18 West Fargo Classified Staff Member of the Year during a surprise ceremony Wednesday, March 22, at the school. Vetter has been in an administrative assistant for the department since she came to the district in 2003. A Bemidji, Minn. native, Vetter is also president of the West Fargo Post 7564 Auxiliary. She and her husband, VFW commander Darrel "Shorty" Vetter, have a daughter and two sons.
After waiting nearly a year, West Fargo police officers will now have ballistic helmets to protect their heads. The West Fargo Police Department received a $27,000 grant from Firehouse Subs last July and ordered ballistic vests for officers and helmets to be placed in every squad car. The 35 vests and helmets will be used for emergency situations, such as an active shooter. "It's an added sense of security for the guys that are out there performing their duties to make sure they get home to their families," said interim Police Chief Jerry Boyer.
All sump pumps in West Fargo must have their sump pump discharge outside starting on April 1. This regulation includes properties with sump pump variances for winter months. Properties found not in compliance with this ordinance will be notified and charged $100 per month until they are brought into compliance.
Christopher Tremel, of West Fargo graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering with a master of science-electrical engineering degree after the fall 2016 semester.
WEST FARGO — West Fargo School District leaders are considering cuts to staff and programs next year if state lawmakers can't find more education money for the fast-growing district. This comes even as district officials eye the possibility of asking voters as early as this fall to fund a third high school and third middle school to keep up with enrollment growth. If state education funding remains flat, the district anticipates a budget shortfall of $4 million to $6 million next school year, which would prompt the cuts, said Superintendent David Flowers.
When kindergarten preregistration begins later this month, some parents may need to double- check where they will be sending their new students. The district is currently working to turn all of its elementary schools into housing for kindergarten-through-fifth-grade students. This fall, West Fargo Public Schools will have kindergarteners at seven sites—the Osgood Kindergarten Center, the Lodoen Kindergarten Center, Harwood Elementary, Horace Elementary, Brooks Harbor Elementary, Legacy Elementary and Aurora Elementary School.
WEST FARGO—After taking the West Fargo High School boys basketball team to a fifth-place finish in the state tournament last weekend, Packer head coach Josh Downey has resigned. According to a statement from the school district, Downey submitted his resignation on Thursday, March 16. The district did not comment on the reason for Downey's resignation.
WEST FARGO—A Cheney Middle School science teacher has been named the 2017-18 West Fargo School District professional staff member of the year. Sandra Evenson, who teaches sixth-grade science, was met by family and friends in the school's auditorium in a surprise ceremony for the award on Wednesday, March 15. "She was very surprised," Superintendent David Flowers said. "She's certainly very deserving of this award."