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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WEST FARGO—Voters in the West Fargo School District will be asked to approve a $106.9 million bond referendum in September to build a third high school and middle school as well as three turf fields, and additions to elementary schools to keep up with its fast growing student population. The West Fargo School Board approved holding a special election on Sept. 25 at its Tuesday, May 29 meeting. The referendum would include money for: • $88.5 million: New Middle School with a capacity of 800 and High School with the capacity of 1,000
Three candidates vying for two West Fargo City Commission seats set out their views for the future of West Fargo as it grapples with continued growth at a candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley on Tuesday, May 18. Eric Gjerdevig, Incumbent Duane Hanson and Brad Olson opened the forum by discussing what they feel is the biggest issue in West Fargo. "Growth is really going to be one of the biggest issues we have over the next 10 years, but to me, it's how we grow," Gjerdevig said.
About 40 motorcycles roared into West Fargo on Memorial Day carrying an American flag that will be relayed through all 48 continental states by the end of the summer in an effort to raise money for disabled veterans and their families. The flag is traveling through the country via The Nation of Patriots, a nonprofit that sponsors the Patriot Tour each year. The tour is meant to pay tribute to and honor all of the U.S. Armed Forces by carrying the flag about 14,500 miles over 110 days.
BARNESVILLE, MInn.— A Canadian man was injured after the pickup truck he was riding in rolled on Interstate 94 near here just after midnight on Memorial Day. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the accident happened near milepost 17, about five miles west of Barnesville on Monday, May 28. Amanda Jace Olfert, 23, of Hayter, Alberta, was driving a 2012 GMC Sierra west when the truck went into the median and rolled. A passenger, Christopher Olfert, 25, was injured and taken to Essentia Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
MOORHEAD—No one was injured after a kitchen fire at a Moorhead apartment building on Monday, May 28. According to the Moorhead Fire Department, the fire started in the kitchen of one of the apartments at 515 30th Ave. S. just after noon. A family of three was home when the fire started, which, fire officials said, gave crews the ability to knock it down quickly. Residents were evacuated as a precaution during the fire but were allowed to return to the roughly eight-unit building, fire officials said.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A semi truck is a total loss after it caught fire near Thief River Falls on Monday, May 28. Thief River Falls Fire Department officials said crews responded to Thygeson's Construction just after 11:30 a.m. for a reported semi-truck fire. When crews got there, they found the semi fully ablaze with the tires of the trailer on fire, as well. Crews were able to put out the fire in about an hour, but the semi truck was a total loss. They estimate damages to be about $27,500. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.
Residents in West Fargo are eagerly waiting for the VFW to enter its new home, but officials remain mum about when that may be. The VFW was slated to begin its move from 308 Sheyenne St. into the Sheyenne Plaza on April 8 and reopen around April 12, while volunteers moved the contents of the popular West Fargo post into the new building. Instead, the VFW remains open and operating at its current location. Post Commander Brad Reed referred all questions to the VFW's attorney, Craig Johnson. Johnson has not returned multiple messages from the Pioneer.
A plan to eliminate West Fargo's wastewater lagoon system has been slowed but not stopped, after the process of installing pipeline to carry West Fargo's wastewater to Fargo caused a stink. After a majority of residents said they were in favor of eliminating the lagoons last year, the City Commission approved moving forward with a plan to begin pumping its wastewater from the existing lift station near 12th Avenue to Fargo's regional station via a pipeline.
In honor of Armed Forces Day, the eight-horse Budweiser Clydesdales hitch visited West Fargo on Saturday, May 19. The famed horses were hitched at the Busch Ag elevator then routed down Main Avenue to Sheyenne Street. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May after President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the day as a way to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser Clydesdales make hundreds of appearances each year. Later in the day, the horses visited Horace.
WEST FARGO—School safety, mental health, school lunches and handling enrollment growth were a large part of the discussion at a candidate forum for West Fargo School Board members. Ten of the 13 candidates who are vying for four seats on the seven-person board attended the forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley on Tuesday, May 22.