West Fargo staff reports
The West Fargo Park District hosted its Wild West Jamboree on Wednesday, June 22, at Rendezvous Park. The family-friendly event included music by the "October Road" and many outdoor activities including carriage rides, gunny sack races, barrel car rides, a petting zoo, roping demos, face painting and kite flying. For information on upcoming events, visit ww. wfparks.org.
Kremer named to dean's list at Merrimack College Dominique Kremer was named to the dean's list at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., for the spring semester of 2016. Eisenbisz named to NDSU dean's list Ashley Eisenbisz of West Fargo was named to the North Dakota State University spring 2016 dean's list. The electrical engineering major was among the 3,704 NDSU students to receive the honor.
Packers West Fargo Patriots Legion baseball player Hunter Ulmer hit a three-run home run and picked up a win on the mound as the Patriots picked up a 7-3 win in Game 2 of a doubleheader with Bismarck on Monday, June 20. The Patriots are now 3-6 on the season and have won three of their last five games. Mustangs Sheyenne tennis player Preeti Chemiti went 3-0 in the East Region tournament and 3-0 in team play at the North Dakota girls state tennis meet this spring.
Special Events Summer Reading Program — Hop 'n Pop: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30. Hop 'n Pop storytime. Listen to a fun story, enjoy some delicious treats, and dance to music on bubble wrap and pop those bubbles. Fun for preschoolers and their caretakers. Technology Class — Intro to Google Search: 1 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Basics of conducting Google Search. Patrons may bring their own laptop or use one provided by the library. Space is limited; please register at the service desk. Free.
The Food Service Department of West Fargo Public Schools was recently given a $6,827 grant award through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which funded a new roll-in refrigerator for L.E. Berger Elementary School. The new refrigerator replaces a 50-year-old walk-in system that was located through a storeroom and required a step up in order to access the unit. This setup made storing fresh, locally sourced produce time-consuming and labor-intensive, as inventory needed to be shuffled daily in order to access the items needed for the day's meals.
The West Fargo 15U Rattlers took home the championship trophy from the Dakota Sports 16U Wood Bat Classic on June 18-19 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The team won their pool play games defeating Brandon Valley, S.D.; Watertown, S.D.; and Rapid City, S.D. The team defeated Omaha's Burke T. Hurt Construction in the semi-final round and went on to defeat Lincoln Southwest from Lincoln, Neb., 17-4 for the championship in six innings. The WF 15U Rattlers outscored their opponents 55-14 in five games.
Special Events Summer Reading Program — Train Your Brain STEM Camp: 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 22-23. Free STEM Camp. Kids (grades K-5) can learn all about different areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and participate in fun experiments. Each day is focused on a different topic. Techy Teens: 3 p.m. Thursday. This week the class will complete a video game challenge with Gamestar Video Creator. Grades 6-8. Space is limited. Registration is required.
West Fargo Schools has hired Sonja Butenhoff as the district's next English language coordinator. Butenhoff has a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Catherine University, St. Paul. She has two bachelor's degrees: the first in hospitality and tourism management and the second in History education, both from North Dakota State University. She also holds her English Language Learner's Endorsement. Butenhoff started her career in education in 2007 as a paraprofessional in an ELL
Eric and Kylie Opdahl, West Fargo, are the parents of a daughter, Jazzy Lee Lorraine Opdahl, born on June 12, 2016, at 7:57 pm. at Essentia Health. She weighed 9 pounds 8 ounces, and was 22 inches long. Grandparents are Lori Ann Kofstad, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Bryan Hamilton, Warroad, Minn.; Gary Opdahl, Hastings, N.D.; and Julie Opdahl, Valley City, N.D. Great-grandparents are Roger and Susan Kofstad, Warroad, Minn.; Lorraine Salberg, Valley City, N.D.; and Lois Opdahl, Jamestown, N.D.
West Fargoan Megan Vetter won first place in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, winning a $10,000 college scholarship. The contest, sponsored annually by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, recognizes up-and-coming artists and encourages patriotism in youth. A total of $21,000 in scholarships was awarded to eight finalists, all students in grades nine through 12. Vetter attended Sheyenne High School in West Fargo. She was sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 7564, West Fargo. Vetter's piece is titled, "He Remembers, Remember Him."