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 — The West Fargo School Board violated open meeting laws by not taking a public vote after an executive session held to determine the future superintendent's salary, according to a ruling by the North Dakota Attorney General's office. The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer sought the Attorney General's opinion after the School Board met in an executive session as part of a special meeting on Jan. 8.
WEST FARGO—The C-SPAN bus will be making a stop at Sheyenne High School here on Thursday, May 17. The C-SPAN Bus is a 45-foot customized bus that has high-tech interactive C-SPAN resources such as 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and political and educational resources; a smart TV and classroom area; a high-definition TV production studio; a 360-degree video station; and a D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their bus experience on social media. Students and teachers at Sheyenne are invited on the bus from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
FARGO — Fargo School District officials are trying to dispel misconceptions about plans for a small elementary school for students with severe behavioral needs after the School Board voted to remodel a space to accommodate the school despite concerns from parents and staff. Superintendent Jeff Schatz says the new school, which would be in the Agassiz School in south Fargo, is meant to be temporary for students, and they would eventually be transitioned back to their neighborhood schools.
The West Fargo Police Department is trying to identify these two people. They is 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.
Lester Hazer, 105, danced through life. On Sunday, May 6, Hazer danced on his way to death. From his bed, he moved his arms and legs along to the polka music his family turned on. A short time later, he closed his eyes to sleep for the last time. Hazer, who founded Hazer's Auto & Truck Parts in West Fargo, was known to never give up on what he wanted. Although he passed the business on to his son, Duane, and grandson, Daniel, Hazer continued to work at the shop past age 100. "Even up to the end, his mind was very, very clear," said his son, Duane Hazer.
All kindergarteners will attend their future grade school when they begin the new year in the fall, which means the Lodoen Kindergarten Center will no longer hold the youngest students. Instead, Lodoen will be home to West Fargo Public School's first classes of public preschool that will be offered to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch programs. The West Fargo School District and YMCA will provide the program to about 80 preschool children starting in the fall.
Two more mixed use buildings have been proposed for the northern half of West Fargo's Sheyenne Street, bringing the city closer to its vision of a downtown center. Developer Todd Berning and his associates began to buy the older properties along the 300 and 400 blocks of Sheyenne Street to build the 124,000-square-foot Sheyenne Plaza in the 400 block of Sheyenne Street and four and a half story Pioneer Place in the 300 block of Sheyenne Street. However, at that time, some properties such as 322 Sheyenne Street, decided not to participate in the plan.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo Schools will likely ask voters for another bond referendum during a special election, but how much money the district would need and the specific projects that would be built are yet to be determined. Voter fatigue, property tax increases and equality across the district are concerns for the West Fargo School Board if it moves forward with a bond referendum in 2018.
The West Fargo VFW's move into Sheyenne Plaza has been delayed. VFW officials said earlier this month that the VFW at 308 Sheyenne St. would close 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 questions about the delay to the VFW's attorney, Craig Johnson. Johnson did not return multiple messages from the Pioneer.
Officers David Saari, Devin DeMaine, Dawson Rogstad and Annie Brewer were sworn into the West Fargo Police Department during the department's annual banquet on Tuesday, April 3. The department also honored those who received distinguished service. Reid Brady and Renata Selzer, prosecutors at the Cass County State's Attorney Office, received the distinguished service award for the prosecution and conviction of Jan Michael Wangstad for the attempted murder of a West Fargo police officer.