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 -- The Red River Valley Fair brought just over 90,000 people in 2016, the lowest it has been since 2008. Red River Valley Fair general manager Bryan Schulz...
WEST FARGO—The School Board here will get its first look on Monday, July 25, at the exterior design of a nearly $18 million hockey facility the district plans to start building this fall. JLG Architects has chosen a modern mix design for the exterior that includes large windows and a sleek face to the two-story facility just north of 32nd Avenue West and Sheyenne Street.
The mostly volunteer West Fargo Fire Department already fails to respond to calls as quickly as national standards recommend, a shortcoming the fire chief attributes to the city's rapid expansion. About two-thirds of responses took longer than nine minutes in 2015. The guidelines call for no more than 10 percent to lag that long. So what will happen in the next four years, a time span in which the volume of fire calls could nearly double, based on past growth rates?
Gina Bushey used to hit the gym to run or lift weights, but she often found herself wishing she could be staying fit another way, like by dancing or a gymnastics class. Then Bushey tumbled into pole fitness, an extension of pole dancing that has become a popular trend to tone muscle and increase flexibility. "There is no 36-year-old ladies' gymnastics class or dance team or cheerleading squad out there," Bushey said. "This is so different. It was something I found that filled that niche for me."
Cartoon by Steve Stark.
When Cruise Night comes to life with hot rods and horsepower roaring down Sheyenne Street, it's the booming voice of WDAY radio host Jay Thomas that cracks the noise and guides the record crowds. Thomas, a veteran radio personality who has called West Fargo home for about two decades hosts his show on WDAY-AM 970 and wday.com from the annual summer event that has grown from just a few showsters cruising one of the main drags of West Fargo to a draw of thousands scoping out every vehicle from retro sleek to modern muscle.
Seriously? You stole our patio furniture? West Fargo residents in the Eastwood Elementary/JL Beers neighborhood, beware. Among us is an individual with no morals and no conscious who actually stole our patio furniture on Father's Day afternoon. The neighborhood that we know and love is under attack by intruders who have no scruples. It's disappointing that people have stooped to the lowest form of humanity ... to steal patio chairs! What's next ... hoses, rain gutters? Should I put a combination lock on my potted
Although wrecking balls will start rolling on properties in the 400 block of Sheyenne Street this month to make way for the new Sheyenne Plaza, bowling balls will continue rolling down the lanes of the city's only bowling alley for another year. Stars and Strikes bowling alley will remain open for a full year while construction is ongoing at Sheyenne Plaza, a $12 million, 124,000-square-foot complex that will include a mix of residential and business space, with the potential to include a small city park or gathering space It has been dubbed West Fargo's future downtown square.
Now that summer is in full swing, so are most of the nearly dozen construction projects the West Fargo School District has slated to begin this year. Work is underway at the district's newest elementary school, Brooks Harbor, while contractors have also broken ground on two additions at West Fargo High School and the roughly $20 million aquatic center at L.E. Berger Elementary School.