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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FARGO—Judy Lee, a longtime state senator and Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber board member, was named this year's Legacy Award winner at the Chamber's annual meeting here on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Each year, a nominating committee choses a longtime leader for its most prestigious award. Chamber officials said Lee was chosen due to her involvement in North Dakota's public policy. Lee served several terms on the Chamber's board of directors and has been active on many of its committees.
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 25, to decide if the West Fargo School District can move forward with a $106.9 million bond that would pay for a third high school and middle school as well security upgrades and artificial turf for the district's three high schools. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at six locations: Harwood Community Center, Westside Elementary School, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Horace Senior Center, Scheels Arena and Triumph West Church.
West Fest a success West Fargo's annual community celebration, West Fest, was well attended Sept. 14-16. On Saturday, there were nearly 115 entries in the annual parade, which is one of the largest in the state. While West Fest is normally started by the last Cruise Night of the summer, this year, the last Cruise Night will be held on Sheyenne Street 4:30 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. Hall of Fame Inductees attend ceremony
Sheyenne High School named its 2018 Homecoming royalty court at coronation on Monday, Sept. 17. King candidates are: Jacob Anderson, son of Travis Anderson and Jessica Huseby.; Damien Stephan, son of Janell Stephan; Christian Kuntz , son of Jason and Sarah Kuntz; Kyle Toy, son of Michael and Kristi Toy and King Ben Kanega, son of Ndebo Kanega and Sifa Bisimwa.
West Fargo's own Sandy's Donuts turns 35 this week. Sandy and Donna Ostlund opened the doors to Sandy's Donuts & Coffee Shop on Sept. 13, 1983. Sandy Ostund had lost his job at a trucking company at age 55 and decided to open a shop after he had trouble finding work. He had learned to make donuts from his mother He and wife Donna operated the first shop in West Fargo and eventually, their son Mark returned from college to help with the family business.
West Fargo's own city celebration, West Fest, will kick off this week with a band jam on Friday followed by one of the largest parades in the state on Saturday. City Spokeswoman Mellissa Richard said this year's theme is "Redefining Tomorrow" which will focus on the city's efforts to create a downtown feel on Sheyenne Street. There, the city, VFW and Sheyenne Plaza and Pioneer Place Developer Todd Berning partnered to build the the POW/MIA Plaza, which opened earlier this year.
Residents who spoke at the West Fargo School District mill levy public hearing questioned the district's need for an upcoming bond referendum. Voters will be asked to approve a $106.9 million bond referendum on Sept. 25 that will help pay for a third high school and middle school as well as safety upgrades, art and gifted classrooms in elementary schools that do not have them and $3 million for artificial turf fields at every high school.
West Fargo High School crowned its Homecoming royalty during its annual homecoming week kick off on Monday, Sept. 10. The court included king candidates Spencer Jackson-Metcalf; Luke Lennon; Halson Nguyen; Tate Pearson; Ryan Schlepp; and Brandon Steinhauer. Queen candidates were Abigail Donarski, Grace Faiman; Taylor Giesen; Callyn Johnson; Karla Kolakovic; and Mariah Shatz. Homecoming celebrations will include the annual powderpuff game, where junior and senior girls will face off on the football field at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.
WEST FARGO — West Fargo Schools passed the 11,000 mark on the first day of school, Aug. 28, but the enrollment numbers fell short of surpassing the Fargo School District's numbers.
Willow Park Elementary School is surrounded by urban development, but inside, West Fargo's newest elementary school is decorated by green with an abundance of natural lighting, a pointed contrast designers planned for the school that will be home to the district's first Welcome Center. District officials planned to centralize services for New Americans — or students who lived in the U.S. for less than one year — when planning Willow Park, which was built as part of a 2015 $98 million school bond.