On Dec. 5, 1989 voters went to the polls to express their opinion on an amendment to the state constitution and seven measures. All were vetoed statewide. Four of the measures were approved by West Fargo residents including two that would bring much needed funding for schools. Superintendent Marvin Leidal summed it up, “I think motherhood and apple pie would have been voted down in North Dakota on Tuesday.”
In 2004, West Fargo High sophomores had been reading Until They Bring the Streetcars Back, a coming-of-age book set in St. Paul in the 1940’s by Stanley Gordon West for several years before he came to town for a book signing. After the signing, West made a stop at West Fargo high School. He was escorted to a Journalism classroom where talked to students for two consecutive periods. He even produced an old map of St. Paul and showed actual location of some of the settings from the book.