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 at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
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Former West Fargo Park Board President Sharon Odegaard was awarded the Citizen Advocacy Award from the North Dakota Recreation and Park Association at its annual conference in Dickinson, N.D, Sept. 11-13. NDRPA recognizes parks and recreation professionals, organizations and projects through its annual award program at its annual banquet. The Citizen Advocacy award honors individuals for outstanding contributions to the park, recreation and conservation movement.
The West Fargo School Board took the first steps to begin building a third middle and high school after voters passed a $106.9 million bond on Sept. 25. Business Manager Mark Lemer said Monday, Oct. 22, that school districts are required to file a request for approval with the state for any construction projects costing more than $150,000. The overall plan will outline all the projects the school district plans to begin after the bond passed.
When West Fargo voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, residents of two districts will also elect North Dakota House and Senate candidates from District 13 and District 45. District 13 encompassses central West Fargo. District 45 includes parts of northern West Fargo, Reile's Acres, Fargo and Harwood. In District 13, incumbent Republican Sen. Judy Lee is challenged by Democrat Carrie Leopold.
FARGO — A Utah-based education company is eyeing North Dakota to be part of a pilot program to provide free, at-home preschool service to rural areas.
For taxing entities of West Fargo, it's how to deal with the city's rapid growth that is at the heart of the challenges and successes they face. City, school and park district officials met on Oct. 9 to discuss future challenges and opportunities. Park district Executive Director Barb Erbstoesser said it's the rapid pace of growth that the park board and district finds challenging. "When we are planning our special events, we don't know if we'll get 1,000 or 3,000 people that come," she said. "It can be difficult to know how to plan."
Two West Fargo High School teachers are in the running for national awards after being named leaders in the state. Leah Swedberg, health and physical education teacher, has been named as the North Dakota Society of Health & Physical Education (SHAPE) Health Teacher of the Year. Nikki Peterson, WFHS physical education teacher, has been named as the North Dakota Society of Health & Physical Education Dance Teacher of the Year. Swedberg submitted evidence exhibiting excellence in the publications, innovative teaching, and special projects categories.
West Fargo has hired its own engineer, but a familiar face will still be seen at City Hall. The City Commission unanimously approved hiring Dustin Scott as its first city engineer on Monday, Oct. 15. A West Fargo native, Scott graduated from West Fargo High School and the University of North Dakota. He has provided engineering services to the city for about 10 years through Moore Engineering. He became the assistant city engineer in 2010 and became Moore's representative as city engineer in 2016.
The West Fargo Police Department is trying to identify this man and woman. The two are believed to be involved in a current investigation and any information about his identity from the public is appreciated. If you have information regarding the man, please email FacebookTips@westfargond.gov or call the West Fargo Police Tip Line at (701) 433-5333.
Candidates for the North Dakota Legislature in districts 13 and 45 met Oct. 3 to answer questions from voters as part of a League of Women Voters Red River Valley candidate forum at West Fargo City Hall. In District 13, which is made up of areas in northern and central West Fargo, Republican incumbent Sen. Judy Lee is challenged by Democrat Carrie Leopold. Four are seeking the two House of Representative seats, Republican incumbent Kim Koppelman, Republican candidate Austen Schauer, and Democrat candidates Dianne Hyndman and Landis Larson.
A trip to downtown Fargo will no longer be required for anyone with a hankering for German fare and big beers. Wurst Bier Hall West is now open in West Fargo. The second location opened Oct. 1 in the former home of Loren Lee's at 3179 Bluestem Drive, in a building also home to a Bottle Barn liquor store, and has already attracted a crowd. "It's been crazy," said co-owner Burt Meyers. "The first day was a little slow, and it's been gangbusters since."