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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From dark street lights, fresh vandalism or giant potholes, problems with public works can now be immediately reported to the city of West Fargo after the city launched a new reporting app, YourGov. YourGov allows community members to conveniently report issues and service requests using the web or a smartphone complete with location and details.Through the app, residents add a service request with location, a category, and even a photo, which is then sent to city officials to be logged and taken care of.
Special Events Twisted Stitchers Knitting on Display: Display of hand-knitted clothing items provided by the Twisted Stitchers, a local knitting group that meets weekly at the West Fargo Public Library. This family-friendly exhibit will be on display through March. Meryl Streep Movie Month — "Out of Africa": 1 p.m. Thursday. Three consecutive Thursdays to view Meryl Streep in action. Free movie and popcorn. Rated PG-13.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo and Red River Valley Fair leaders are working on a proposal to build a $20 million, 87,087-square-foot convention center here. Plans envision a convention center that could hold large-scale trade shows or multiple 500-person events in a facility on the western edge of the fairgrounds just south of Main Avenue. The announcement comes as the Fargo Dome Authority wraps up its own study looking at the need for additional trade show and meeting space in Fargo.
The West Fargo School District will once again partner with RSP & Associates to study its student population growth. The School Board approved paying RSP Associates $17,000 to project student growth in the next five years at its meeting Monday, Feb. 13. The school district did its own projections recently and while the district found it is still growing, officials know that means it will likely have to ask voters soon for more money to pay for additional buildings in the near future.
The number of calls the West Fargo Fire Department received in 2016 is the highest it's ever been, but the volunteer department has seen record call amounts each year since 2010. The department is taking action in 2017 to prepare to keep growing, which includes logging more than 7,100 hours of training and looking to a future that would include paid firefighters.
Sheyenne High School hosted a cancer evening for former principal and along with a current student battling cancer.
WEST FARGO—The City Commission here voted unanimously to fire embattled police chief Mike Reitan on Monday, Feb. 6. The commission opened a hearing on the matter after city staff made a recommendation that Reitan be terminated due to his treatment of employees and acts of insubordination last week. Before the hearing began, Commissioner Mark Simmons made a motion that the commission take no action until after an independent investigation by an outside agency could be completed, but the motion failed due to a lack of a second.
WEST FARGO— The first hotel and convention center to be built south of the Main Avenue area here has been upgraded and rebranded. The Cambria Hotel and Suites is now a DoubleTree by Hilton, making it the first DoubleTree hotel in the state of North Dakota. The hotel at 825 E. Beaton Drive is owned by Sioux Falls, S.D.-based KAJ Hospitality and opened in 2014. It is connected to the West Fargo Conference Center, which can host meetings and events for up to 500 people.
West Fargo Legislators will be holding an open forum in the city on Saturday, Feb. 4. The legislative forum will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the West Fargo City Hall in the commission chambers. Representatives from all five districts that include West Fargo will be participate. That includes Districts 13, 16, 22, 27 and 45. The public is invited to attend.
FARGO—While embattled West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan says he hasn't made up his mind up about whether to accept the city's three-month severance offer, he has asked city commissioners to consider reinstating him under a performance review plan. Reitan was placed on paid administrative leave on Jan. 13 after some Police Department staff complained about his leadership. Some employees said he created a toxic, hostile work environment. Reitan was on WDAY radio's "Jay Thomas Show" on Monday, Jan. 30. He said he wants to return to his position as the city's top cop.