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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As West Fargo enters its third and last year of its first no-sort recycling contract with Waste Management, officials know the costs of recycling could go up next year. At the same time, the popular program has driven up recycling participation and saved the city money in landfill costs.
WEST FARGO—The West Fargo School Board passed a teacher salary and benefit contract on Monday, July 24, that will give teachers a small raise. Superintendent David Flowers said negotiations were fairly smooth, with teachers seemingly happy with the contract terms, which is a stark contrast to the Fargo School District where teacher contract negotiations are at an impasse.
WEST FARGO— As West Fargo enters its third and last year of its first no-sort recycling contract with Waste Management, officials know the costs of recycling could go up next year. At the same time, the popular program has driven up recycling participation and saved the city money in landfill costs.
Park District hosts Hawaiian Beach Blast The West Fargo Park District will host the Hawaiian Beach Blast at Rendezvous Park at 1055 32nd Ave W. in West Fargo Wednesday, July 19th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sing karaoke and dance to the hits with Platinum Plus DJ. Other free activities include a limbo contest, carriage rides, giant lawn games, face painting and more. Inflatable games will be available for $2 and a hot dog, chips and a drink are available for $1 per plate.
WEST FARGO — As the revitalization of the north end of Sheyenne Street continues with construction of Sheyenne Plaza and Pioneer Place in the 300 and 400 blocks, work is underway to give the south end of one of West Fargo's main streets a new look. When the School District bought 13 acres of land needed for its ice arena in February, leaders planned to work with the city of West Fargo and developers to create a master plan for the area that would include room for businesses and restaurants in one of the few commercial spots left in West Fargo.
WEST FARGO — To begin its transition from an all-volunteer fire department to one with full-time firefighters plus volunteers, the West Fargo Fire Department seeks more than twice as much taxpayer money next year. Fire Chief Dan Fuller presented his 2018 budget on Monday, July 17, to elected city leaders. It includes a request for about $1.59 million from taxpayers, double the amount the city has contributed to the department in the past.
To begin its transition from an all volunteer fire department to one with full-time firefighters and volunteers, the West Fargo Fire Department will need a little more money from the city. Fire Chief Dan Fuller presented his 2018 budget on Monday, July 17, to the city. It includes a request for about $1.59 million from the city, double the amount the city has contributed to the department in the past.
WEST FARGO — This city has a new police chief. Former FBI Supervisory Agent Heith Janke was sworn into office as police chief on Monday, July 17, at the West Fargo City Commission meeting. In an interview with The Forum on Monday, Janke said his first priority will be bringing the police department back together after a fractious few months. Janke replaces former Police Chief Mike Reitan, who the City Commission fired on Feb. 6 after allegations from within the department that he created a toxic and hostile workplace since taking over as chief in 2014.
FARGO — The return of Friday night horse racing at the North Dakota Horse Park appears to be a sign that local racing is on the right course after the state granted Fargo's track two extra days of competition this year after running a successful six-day meet in 2016.
This summer, West Fargo Public School District is rounding out its massive list of building projects paid for by the the 2015 bond referendum as construction season swings into full tilt.