West Fargo staff reports
A minivan barreled through the side of a car wash after its brakes locked up and the driver lost control on Sunday, July 17, police said. About 8:20 p.m. a man driving a Ford minivan lost control as he was heading south on Ninth Street East, nearing the intersection of 13th Avenue East, police said. The driver, James Schaffer, 74, of Fargo, jumped the median, hit a road sign, crossing the northbound lanes and drove up onto the driveway of Red Carpet Carwash, 950 13th Ave. E.
In mid-summer 1941, West Fargo found itself at the epicenter of an outbreak of Western Equine Encephalitis. The Cass County Tribune, published in West Fargo, disputed the belief that it originated in West Fargo because of its proximity to the stockyards and the Armour packing plant. In fact, the mosquito-borne disease infected more than 3,400 people in the northern Plains states and the neighboring Canadian provinces with several fatalities.
The West Fargo Sheyenne health sciences program will earn the Director's Award of Excellence from the North Dakota State Department of Career and Technical Education, which will present the award at its Aug. 8 conference in Bismarck. Holly Strand-Rysgaard is Sheyenne's health sciences program's department chair. The award is given every year to recognize excellence in a district's focus on educating students and helping them develop skills for careers and specific program areas.
The West Fargo Police Department has received a $27,114 grant to buy ballistic vests and helmets. The gear will be carried in police vehicles for use in high-risk incidents. The grant came from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Cathie Thompson, a co-owner of the West Fargo Firehouse Subs franchise, said in a news release she was glad the foundation was able to give back to the community.
Special Events Fun with Food: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21. A special storytime geared toward preschoolers and their caretakers. It includes a story, fun activities, and a healthy snack. Free and no registration is required. Summer Reading Program: Library Olympics: 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Get ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics by participating in our Library Olympics. Kids can participate in fun obstacles, games and tricky tasks to go for the gold. Grades K-5. Free.
Ahmed Aden, Creighton Pfau, Tyson Jelinek Ahmed Aden, Creighton Pfau and Tyson Jelinek, who went to school in West Fargo, were in the starting lineup for the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Lions all-star basketball game July 11 at the Fargo Civic Center. Their Class A all-star team lost to Class B 88-70. However, the trio also played at the Bismarck Event Center on July 12, in which Class A won 80-77.
Three Rivers Garden Club holding July meeting At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, the Three Rivers Garden Club is holding a meeting featuring tours of three members' yards. This July meeting will be at the third home of the tour. The public is welcome, and treats will be served. For the address or directions to the first yard toured, contact Mary Jane at (701) 282-4305. Eyes Wide Open event to be July 20 There will be a second community meeting In response to the growing heroin, fentanyl and opiate crisis in the Red River Valley.
Rattlers 13U win state title at home.
By the end of the week, construction crews will reopen two intersections and changing access on the south side of West Fargo's Main Avenue. They also completed sanitary sewer, water and storm sewer installation on the south side of Eighth Street Southwest and reopened the intersection with a gravel surface.
The West Fargo City Commission and School Board announced their budgets for 1971-72. The city budget was $404,700, up $108,626 from the previous year. The budget included $50,000 for a new well. The school district budget totaled $1,334,080, a $75,000 increase with new line items for legal services and cost of negotiating after another contentious round of salary talks.