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Park Board to decide path forward after Scully resigns

Kathy Scully, West Fargo Park Board candidate David Samson / The Forum

All four candidates for the three open seats on the West Fargo Park Board may get to serve on the board after the resignation of longtime member Kathy Scully.

Scully, who served on the board for more than 20 years, will resign Thursday, June 14, because of a move to the Twin Cities area. Scully's four-year term will expire in 2020.

Business Manager Justin Germundson said the Park District's attorney has indicated the current board will need to appoint a member serve out the remainder of Scully's term. The board can seek candidates or it can appoint the lowest vote-getter from the primary election, which was held Tuesday, June 12.

"They don't have to do it right away, they can work their way through it and appoint someone later," Scully said.

Four men sought three open seats on the board: Incumbents Jeff McCracken and Ken Zetocha and challengers Chris Heise and Jake Lauritsen. Results of the election were not available as of press time.

Longtime President Sharon Odegaard's seat was among the open seats in Tuesday's election. She chose not to seek re-election this year.

"It could be all men now," Scully said. "All the women on the board will be gone."

Germundson said the appointment will be discussed at the board's meeting today, Wednesday, June 13, which will also be the last meeting for Scully and Odegaard.

Park Board members are elected to a four-year, at-large term and are paid an annual salary of $2,614.80.

Scully, a longtime West fargo resident, was first elected to the Park Board in 1994.

While on the board, along with building many new parks as West Fargo grew, Scully also helped usher in large projects such as the Rustad Recreation Center and its planned expansion this year, a renovation of the Veterans Pool and the Shadow Wood splash pad.

"I think I'm leaving them in good hands. There are still some pretty awesome things they can accomplish and I have faith they'll finish everything," Scully said. "I think we did a pretty good job of keeping everyone happy. [Board members] were good people to work with. We came a long way in those years. I was just happy to serve."

She and her husband, Tim Scully, a West Fargo teacher and assistant football coach, operated KT Embroidery out of their home starting in 1994. Tim Scully retired from teaching in May, and the couple will soon make their home in Minnetonka, Minn., near many family members.

KT Embroidery created items that included the the WF (West Fargo) logo and Packer and Mustang sport items. Every other year, she embroidered shirts and jackets for members of the Northern Ambassadors of Music, which consists of students from North Dakota and Montana who travel and perform in the U.S. and Europe.

Earlier this year, Kathy Scully sold her embroidery machines but she retained a small screen-printing machine to carry on her work in Minnetonka on a smaller scale as Kathy's Kreations.

Wendy Reuer

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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