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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West Fargo elementary students recently made a visit to Essentia Health, where they learned about health and how doctors and nurses work each day.
With the title economic development and community services director, most people think Matt Marshall deals mostly in recruitment of new business to West Fargo. While Marshall has been a point person between the city and many business developers, many of which are expected to open in 2017, bringing in more than $100 million in construction revenue, it's actually existing businesses in West Fargo that Marshall says is his focus.
At about 6 a.m., while most West Fargoans are still shaking off their slumber in the dark, Pete Diemert, West Fargo Schools buildings and grounds director, checks emails at his desk under a framed poster mocking Murphy's Law that reads,w "If anything can go wrong, fix it."
The city of West Fargo is zeroing in on what could be a wide special assessment district that will help pay for the planned $61 million Sheyenne Street reconstruction project. City Administrator Tina Fisk said the city is looking at assessing all properties south of Interstate 94 to help fund parts of the city's portion of the cost, about $26 million, which could mean special assessments between $2,500 and $4,500 for the average home over 25 years. Special assessments for multifamily and commercial lots are estimated to be about $10,000 to $20,000 per acre.
Sydney Robinson has been named Community High School student of the month for October. It is Robinson's second year at Community High and she will graduate in the spring. Robinson likes Community High because she feels safe and is excited every day to come to school. She currently serves as student leadership vice-president. Robinson loves animals and has many pets. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of North Dakota medical school for a degree in forensic pathology.
In the midst of one of the most grueling political seasons in recent history, one Sheyenne High teacher turned this year's presidential campaign into a valuable learning opportunity. Ms. Brett Mayer, a social studies teacher, noticed her students talking about the election and decided she wanted to find "a way to capture their interest." After all, "it's fun to teach government in an election year," she said. Taking advantage of the new half-hour tutorial period on Wednesdays, Mayer held discussions about topics ranging from gun laws to medical marijuana to immigration.
West Fargo's future is wide open and could include an arts center, city gardens, or even a concert venue larger than the Fargodome. Or it could be even simpler, with residents directing the city to call on developers to design neighborhoods with a wider variety of architectural styles. All of these suggestions are what planning consultants Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative say are possible in the city's newest comprehensive plan, the firm has tiled West Fargo 2.0.
Thanksgiving dinner to be served A free Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 210 5th Ave. W. There will be no meal delivery this year. Coin show slated The 13th annual Red River Valley Coin Show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Baymont Inn & Suites at 3333 13th Ave. S., Fargo. Admission is free. For more information visit www.redrivervalleycoinclub.org . WF Police changing lobby hours
WEST FARGO—Sheyenne High School Principal Greg Grooters has died. Grooters died Monday morning, Nov. 14, according to the West Fargo School District. "It's a tough day at Sheyenne," said district spokeswoman Heather Konschak. "Principal Grooters is Sheyenne. He's been there since the beginning and he's going to leave a void, a legacy. I don't think anyone ever doubted it was his life purpose to be an educator. We were just the lucky district to have his time, his passion and dedication for so many years."
Residents here will soon have two chances to ask questions and learn more about the upcoming $61 million update to Sheyenne Street. City officials have scheduled two public meetings about the project, now slated to begin its first phase in 2018. The first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at City Hall, 800 4th Ave. E. A second meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Triumph Lutheran Church, 3745 Sheyenne St.