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 at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
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Residents in West Fargo are eagerly waiting for the VFW to enter its new home, but officials remain mum about when that may be. The VFW was slated to begin its move from 308 Sheyenne St. into the Sheyenne Plaza on April 8 and reopen around April 12, while volunteers moved the contents of the popular West Fargo post into the new building. Instead, the VFW remains open and operating at its current location. Post Commander Brad Reed referred all questions to the VFW's attorney, Craig Johnson. Johnson has not returned multiple messages from the Pioneer.
A plan to eliminate West Fargo's wastewater lagoon system has been slowed but not stopped, after the process of installing pipeline to carry West Fargo's wastewater to Fargo caused a stink. After a majority of residents said they were in favor of eliminating the lagoons last year, the City Commission approved moving forward with a plan to begin pumping its wastewater from the existing lift station near 12th Avenue to Fargo's regional station via a pipeline.
In honor of Armed Forces Day, the eight-horse Budweiser Clydesdales hitch visited West Fargo on Saturday, May 19. The famed horses were hitched at the Busch Ag elevator then routed down Main Avenue to Sheyenne Street. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May after President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the day as a way to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser Clydesdales make hundreds of appearances each year. Later in the day, the horses visited Horace.
WEST FARGO—School safety, mental health, school lunches and handling enrollment growth were a large part of the discussion at a candidate forum for West Fargo School Board members. Ten of the 13 candidates who are vying for four seats on the seven-person board attended the forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley on Tuesday, May 22.
WEST FARGO — The West Fargo School Board violated open meeting laws by not taking a public vote after an executive session held to determine the future superintendent's salary, according to a ruling by the North Dakota Attorney General's office. The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer sought the Attorney General's opinion after the School Board met in an executive session as part of a special meeting on Jan. 8.
WEST FARGO—The C-SPAN bus will be making a stop at Sheyenne High School here on Thursday, May 17. The C-SPAN Bus is a 45-foot customized bus that has high-tech interactive C-SPAN resources such as 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and political and educational resources; a smart TV and classroom area; a high-definition TV production studio; a 360-degree video station; and a D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their bus experience on social media. Students and teachers at Sheyenne are invited on the bus from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
FARGO — Fargo School District officials are trying to dispel misconceptions about plans for a small elementary school for students with severe behavioral needs after the School Board voted to remodel a space to accommodate the school despite concerns from parents and staff. Superintendent Jeff Schatz says the new school, which would be in the Agassiz School in south Fargo, is meant to be temporary for students, and they would eventually be transitioned back to their neighborhood schools.
The West Fargo Police Department is trying to identify these two people. They is believed to be involved in a current investigation and any information about his identity from the public is appreciated. If you have information regarding the man, please email FacebookTips@westfargond.gov or call the West Fargo Police Tip Line at (701) 433-5333.
Lester Hazer, 105, danced through life. On Sunday, May 6, Hazer danced on his way to death. From his bed, he moved his arms and legs along to the polka music his family turned on. A short time later, he closed his eyes to sleep for the last time. Hazer, who founded Hazer's Auto & Truck Parts in West Fargo, was known to never give up on what he wanted. Although he passed the business on to his son, Duane, and grandson, Daniel, Hazer continued to work at the shop past age 100. "Even up to the end, his mind was very, very clear," said his son, Duane Hazer.
All kindergarteners will attend their future grade school when they begin the new year in the fall, which means the Lodoen Kindergarten Center will no longer hold the youngest students. Instead, Lodoen will be home to West Fargo Public School's first classes of public preschool that will be offered to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch programs. The West Fargo School District and YMCA will provide the program to about 80 preschool children starting in the fall.