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—A crew from Horsley Specialities arrived at Bonanzaville Monday morning to start work on cleaning up the steeple of the more than century old South Pleasant Church. Raul Turrubiates Jr. and his workers climbed the stairs to the steeple tower and started. Then they heard someone walking on the wooden main floor below. With access to the church is limited to a makeshift entrance constructed from scaffolds and two shaky step ladders, Turrubiates called down to see who else climbed into the church. He got no response.
When shopping for clothes, Rhonda Asleson, a busy mother and stepmom to six, would have to navigate around many rows and aisles of small sizes only to find frumpy styles and boring pieces. The dressing room drabs often caused her to leave the mainstream stores in frustrated tears.
A woman in her 70s had just buried her husband but the nursing home resident didn't believe he was really gone so she walked away from the West Fargo nursing facility where she received primary care and no one had seen her. That was all the information West Fargo officers had about the hypothetical missing woman they were searching for during a training exercise Monday, Oct. 17. But, it was just enough for officers who were using the Project Lifesaver receivers the department was awarded in June as part of a $5,000 federal grant, Assistant Police Chief Jerry Boyer said.
Bruce Riley has been named Community High School Student of the Month for September. This is Riley's second year at Community and he transferred here because "the traditional school didn't work for me and thought this would be a better choice." Riley is scheduled to graduate in May but is planning on working very, very hard to graduate first semester. After graduation, he plans to join the military and become part of a military police. After his military service he plans to go to law school and eventually open up his own law firm.
The West Fargo Police Department investigated a number of embezzlement cases during the month where significant amounts of money are reported to be missing. Embezzlement is defined as the act of taking property for the purpose of converting it to personal use by a person who has been entrusted to hold or use that property for a specific purpose on behalf of the owner. The person taking the property typically uses some method to conceal the theft and the thefts take place over a period of time.
WEST FARGO—After nearly 20 years of planning and seven years of construction, work on rebuilding Main Avenue here is complete. North Dakota Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi, West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern, city commissioners and other state and local government leaders gathered Wednesday, Oct. 12, to celebrate the project's end in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. After a planning study was finished in 2001, the design phase of what would be a $55.6 million reconstruction on 4 miles of Main Avenue started in 2005.
Our area high schools and colleges are accustomed to success when it comes to sports. The North Dakota State University football team has had a lot of success in the form of five straight national championships in the last five years and 14 overall championships. Our West Fargo Packers have had championships over the years in football, basketball, wrestling, softball, hockey, swimming, baseball and many individuals amongst other team sports. West Fargo Sheyenne is also beginning to experience success.
On Monday, Oct. 10, at the West Fargo Public Schools' district office, the Leidal Education Center, its namesake, former Superintendent Marvin Leidal, joined current Superintendent David Flowers and former Superintendent Chuck Cheney to deposit items into a time capsule honoring the district's 140th birthday. The time capsule will be locked and placed inside the Leidel Center to be opened in 10 years, when the district celebrates 150 years.
The city is hoping to partner with the North Dakota Department of Transportation to build a $24 million interchange unlike any other in this area. KLG engineer Mike Bittner, who has worked as a consultant for the city on the project, said growth in that area is driving the need for an interchange redesign to streamline traffic moving to and from Sheyenne Street and Interstate 94. "We saw this go from a quiet rural road to a bustling corridor," Bittner said.
After having had Head Start as a six- to eight-week program in the summer to prepare children for school, Oct. 4, 1971, was the start date for the first full-year (eight months) program. It was for 5-year-olds and held at St. Andrew's Church in West Fargo. A class for 4-year-olds was scheduled to start Nov. 1.