West Fargo staff reports
North Dakota skydiver Don Solberg was presented a regional achievement award by the United States Parachute Association. Solberg is only one of five individuals to be honored with the distinction. Solberg, 72, has spent more than 50 years skydiving. He spent about 30 years as a skydiving instructor, and is a founding member of Valley Skydivers, a club that's been based at the West Fargo airport since 1984.
The West Fargo Summer Arts Intensive program will hold productions "Willy Wonka Jr." featuring middle school students and "Grease" with high school and college-aged performers, both not exclusive for West Fargo students, in 2017. Rehearsals and performances will take place at West Fargo Sheyenne High School.
Mustangs Jakob Sailer Sailer, a junior on the West Fargo Sheyenne boys swimming and diving team, was first in the 100-meter backstroke in a time of 1 minute, 4.75 seconds on Dec. 22, at Moorhead. Sailer also was on Sheyenne's 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:58.49 for second and the 400 freestyle relay team that ended in 3:53.67 for second. Packers John Emerson
The Jan. 14, 1987 West Fargo Pioneer showed a photo of a couple walking down a wet sidewalk. The area had been experiencing a month of above-normal temperatures. The three days leading up the publication of the Pioneer had been record breakers in the high 40s but subzero temperatures and snow were in the forecast for the end of the week.
The Minnesota State Patrol and the North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a warning on Friday, Jan. 6—slow down, icy conditions are causing crashes. Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow posted several photos to Twitter Friday morning, including one about 8:30 a.m. alerting drivers to an overturned semi on Interstate 94 near Fergus Falls. Grabow said the crash was likely to cause traffic congestion in the area.
Senior adults are welcome to join others at any listed locations to socialize and remain physically active. Meals served 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday at Faith Lutheran Church and West Fargo High Rise. Sign up by calling (701) 356-2047 at least 24 hours prior. $3.50 donation (if able). Free walking track all day at Monday through Friday at Rustad Recreation Center. Pickleball 8-11 a.m. Free coffee/conversation 8-10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior Walking Program at Rustad Recreation Center
West Fargo Park District to host senior luncheon The West Fargo Park District will host a Senior Luncheon at noon Thursday, Jan. 19, at the VFW, 308 Sheyenne St. The luncheon is for West Fargo seniors ages 65 and older. The Park District will serve a free lunch and provide music and entertainment to those who attend. This is a free event for West Fargo residents only. Those interested can reserve their spot by calling (701) 433-5360 to register. Baked potato feed Jan. 14 at Community Presbyterian
SDS gives scholarships South Dakota State University announced the following students are receiving scholarships this academic year. They are: Brianna Arens, West Fargo, Maury and Tamara Forsyth SDSU Scholarship and the Jackrabbit Achievement Award; and Mykin Gunning, West Fargo, Yellow & Blue Scholarship. Arens, a freshman exercise science, pre-physical therapy major, is the daughter of Brad and Karla Arens. A freshman civil engineering major, Gunning is the daughter of Kurt and Vanessa Gunning.
Mustangs Christian Kuntz Kuntz, a sophomore guard for the West Fargo Sheyenne boys basketball team, chalked up 10 points and five rebounds in the Mustangs 102-93 double overtime loss to Fargo Shanley on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Shanley High School. Packers John Morton Morton, a Packers boys basketball senior guard, scored 10 points as West Fargo defeated Valley City 81-68 on Tuesday, Dec. 27, in Valley City. He also grabbed seven rebounds in the victory.
Fargo's seventh annual Border Battle Bike Race on the Red River Winter Classic is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. A celebration and award ceremony will be at Great Northern Bicycle Company at 425 Broadway in Fargo. Participants will receive a meal, beverage and t-shirt and awards are given to top riders though all participants are eligible for prizes.