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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After hearing from residents last week who will see higher tax bills because their home valuations went up, the West Fargo School Board looked at just what it would take to create a 2016-17 budget with no change in the general fund mill levy. The district's proposed 2016-17 $120.3 million budget will actually reduce the total mill levy by 6.42 mills. About $5.5 million more, out of $42.1 million in revenue is expected to come from property taxes. The district would have to reduce its planned revenue by $1.8 million in order to have a zero levy increase.
Do you and your neighbors regularly gather around the bonfire and have fun at home? We'd like to hear from you. This unique gathering of neighborhood block fires seems to be a unique to West Fargo and we're hoping to capture some of the biggest and best that partake in the popular tradition. If you or someone you know regular attends or hosts the neighborhood bonfires, let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
West Fargo High School crowned a homecoming queen and king on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.
The city updated its special assessment policy Monday in an effort to be "more fair" when assessing large lots. Historically, the city considered one residential assessable unit to be about 10,000 square feet, the average lot size in the city. The policy unanimously adopted Monday by the City Commission will now consider residential lots over 2 acres in size in a class of its own, when it comes to special assessments. "The new policy makes it so larger lots are its own unique category," City Attorney Jon Shockley said.
Hundreds lined Sheyenne Street in West Fargo on Saturday during the city's annual West Fest Parade. There were nearly 150 entries in the parade that celebrated its 25th year in 2016.
Three Lyons Pub will not allow anyone under 21 years of age inside it until it is in compliance with liquor license laws. In order to keep its restaurant/bar liquor license, which allows minors inside, Three Lyons Pub at 675 13th Ave. E., must prove that 50 percent of its sales is from food and 50 percent is from alcohol. A partition at least 36 inches high must also be built between where liquor is poured and where children can be.
The School Board took heat at its budget hearing Monday from residents who are still feeling the effect of the city of West Fargo's double-digit property valuations earlier this year. Nearly 30 residents attended the school district's budget hearing Monday. Most of those who spoke had seen substantial increases in their property values, which in turn can send property taxes on the rise as well.
When this year's West Fest parade starts on Saturday, there may not be a lot of North Dakota State University football fans lining the streets to see West Fargo's pinnacle event but that doesn't mean crowds won't turn out in force to celebrate West Fest's silver year. The popular West Fest kicks off Thursday night with the last cruise night of the summer from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sheyenne Street and concludes with the 77th annual Firefighters Ball at the Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday evening, a BYOB event that features Slamabama as entertainment.
When West Fargo police officers arrived at the Rodeway Inn for a call of a disturbance on March 18, they were shot at and ended up in a standoff with a man holed up inside a room for five hours before he finally surrendered. The exchange of gunfire not only presented its own eminent danger but brought forward the eerily fresh memories of just a month before, when one of their own, Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer was fatally shot after responding to a domestic disturbance call in Fargo where the gunman would later kill himself during a standoff with police.
West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center celebrates 100 years West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center in West Fargo and Casselton is celebrating 100 years of business with four generations of licensed ownership. A ribbon-cutting and celebration will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Sheyenne Street location in West Fargo.