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Crafters Square Crafters Square inside Westgo Square at 405 West Main Ave 5C in West Fargo will be open by Nov. 24. "I really wanted somewhere for people to be able to go grab a gift or shop local crafters and vendors," Owner Amanda Swanson said in a release. " There is nowhere in the old part of West Fargo for people to go do that. I am a crafter and attend craft shows within the Fargo/Moorhead area. I wanted to give the community something like the craft shows but a permanent store."
Arthur W. Jones VFW Post 7564 has been assisting youth fundraising on Sunday mornings at at 308 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo. Football, basketball, hockey, and swim teams have recently held fundraisers at the VFW this year. The VFW donates all food and facility and has volunteers to help the fundraising volunteer's work the pancake feed. The youth group supplies ample numbers of volunteers to run the fund raiser with the VFW member's assistance.
A $15 million reconstruction of 12th Avenue North and addition of a $300,000 roundabout.at Ninth Street intersection is now open to traffic. The Ninth Street and 12th Avenue North roundabout was opened on Friday, Nov. 17. West Fargo Public Works Director Chris Brungardt said the intersection needed more than a stop sign after several fatal accidents happened there over the years. "It didn't qualify for a stoplight so we had to go with the roundabout," Brungardt said. "We had to do something there, all the businesses had been asking us for it."
There will be no garbage or recycling collected in the City of West Fargo Thursday, Nov. 23, in observance of Thanksgiving. The West Fargo Public Library, police department lobby, city hall and public works department will also be closed. Garbage regularly scheduled for Thursday collection will instead be picked up Friday, Nov. 24. The rest of the week's garbage schedule will remain the same.
WEST FARGO—A recent work climate survey of police department employees here found while most feel new Chief Heith Janke is moving the department in the right direction, many feel the culture has a long way to go before morale is high. When Janke was hired in July to replace embattled police chief Mike Reitan, he said he would take at least 90 days to fully review his department before making any organizational changes.
Work will begin next year to repatch the bridge deck of Interstate 94 Exit 343 in West Fargo around the same time reconstruction of the interchange at Sheyenne Street gets underway. The North Dakota Department of Transportation plans to begin a roughly $1 million replacement of the bridge pavement in May, but eastbound traffic on the bridge will be allowed to continue throughout the four- to five-month project.
The City of West Fargo invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with letters to Santa Claus, arts social and tree lighting and children's activities. All activities are free and open to the public. "We will be continuing our tradition of welcoming the community into City Hall with a great lineup of events," said Mayor Rich Mattern in a release. "As a city, we have so many things to be thankful for, so we invite the community to join us as we celebrate family, friends and our successes."
West Fargo Boy Scout Troop 279 members Alex Walker, Tyler Lies, and Jacob Rinehart attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2017. Walker is the son of Patrick and Debra Walker earned his Eagle Scout Rank on May 11. Lies is the son of Patrick and Denise Lies earned his Eagle Scout Rank on April 13. Rinehart is the son of Joe and Nan Rinehart earned his Eagle Scout Rank on March 9. To be considered for the award, applicants invest years of discipline and dedication in accruing
BISMARCK — Live horse racing will return to the North Dakota Horse Park for three weekends in July after the state Racing Commission granted the Fargo track seven race days at a meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Bismarck. The North Dakota Horse Park plans to hold races July 14 and 15, July 20, 21 and 22, and July 27 and 28. The horse park's general manager, Mike Schmitz, said he asked for seven days to have the flexibility to add one Friday night of racing, likely on the second weekend.
WEST FARGO— A proposal to change West Fargo School District boundaries for 2018 failed Monday, Nov. 13, after some School Board members said they needed more time to consider changes that will shift 963 students next fall. The board had its first look at a map of the proposed boundary changes shortly before the meeting, and reviewed a petition signed by residents of West Fargo's Shadowood Neighborhood asking the board to reconsider moving their children from Freedom Elementary to Independence.