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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ROTHSAY, Minn.—A Wisconsin man was injured after his SUV spun out on Interstate 94, was hit by a semi and started on fire. According to the Minnesota State Patrol: The accident occured just west of Rothsay about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. James Albert Anagnost, 46, of De Pere, Wis., was heading west in a Chevrolet Trailblazer when he lost control of the vehicle and spun out into the cable barrier between the two interstate lanes. The trailblazer was then hit by a Volvo semi driven by Sanjar Rasulov, 31, from Brooklyn, N.Y.
ALEXANDER, N.D.—Authorities have identified the 89-year-old man from rural North Dakota who died after he was pinned between a fence post and a trailer near here on Friday, March 30. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Arne Skedsvold was pinned between a fence post and a cattle trailer around 10 a.m. The driver of the 7510 John Deere tractor and trailer, Jacob Heen, 33, was backing up to load cattle in a pasture in rural McKenzie county, about 20 miles southwest of Alexander when the accident occured.
A public input meeting regarding 17th Avenue South will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 3 in the Fargo South High School Commons in Fargo. The meeting will include two formal presentations. The first, regarding 17th Avenue South west of 38th Street, will begin at 5:30 p.m. The second, focusing on 17th Avenue east of 38th Street, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Less than two years after opening, the Rustad Recreation Center will soon double in size, adding an indoor playground and turf playing field. The West Fargo Park District is planning a $7.68 million expansion of the Rustad Center at 601 26th Ave. E. by adding 55,095 square feet of space to the southwestern side of the building that opened in August 2016. The expansion will add a second gymnasium, indoor turf field with batting cages, two new classrooms and a dedicated arts and crafts room.
Members of West Fargo's District 13 Republican Party endorsed candidates for election to the North Dakota Legislature on March 20. The group unanimously endorsed Sen. Judy Lee and Rep. Kim Koppelman for re-election and Austen Schauer for the House of Representatives seat that will be vacated by Rep. Christopher Olson. Olson is now the District 13 Republican chairman. Olson decided not to seek re-election because of current time demands of family and business. Lee has been in the Senate since first elected in 1994, when she began serving on the Human
WEST FARGO—Members of West Fargo's District 13 Republican Party endorsed candidates for election to the North Dakota Legislature on March 20. The group unanimously endorsed Sen. Judy Lee and Rep. Kim Koppelman for re-election and Austen Schauer for the House of Representatives seat that will be vacated by Rep. Christopher Olson. Olson is now the District 13 Republican chairman. Olson decided not to seek re-election because of current time demands of family and business. Lee has been in the Senate since first elected in 1994, when she began serving on the Human
FARGO—A group of protesters calling attention to missing and murdered indigenous women demonstrated this afternoon near the downtown Radisson hotel where Vice President Mike Pence was meeting for a fundraiser before speaking publicly across town. Tasheena Neeland of White Earth, Minn., said the group of nine protesters would remain on the public sidewalks near Fifth Street and Third Avenue North but had been asked to move by police who closed off streets surrounding the hotel. The protesters held signs reading "Defend Women" and "Raise your voice for the voiceless."
WEST FARGO — The West Fargo School Board decided to hire its only internal candidate to apply for the superintendent position. The board voted unanimously on Monday, March 26, to hire Beth Slette, a 25-year veteran of the district and current West Fargo assistant superintendent of elementary education. "I'm truly honored," Slette said shortly after the decision. "Thank you so much." The West Fargo School Board interviewed five candidates via teleconferencing on March 6-8 out of the 15 applications received by the Feb. 18 deadline.
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WEST FARGO—Two dozen elementary teachers attended the West Fargo School Board meeting on Monday, March 12, after catching wind of a proposal that would designate 10 minutes of the school day for a student snack time but could take away from teacher preparation time. Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Beth Slette said Monday that staff has considered building in 10 minutes to the elementary school day in order to add a snack time for students. The West Fargo Education Association requested the item be placed on the agenda, but it was denied.