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Murder charges filed in the deaths of two women on Spirit Lake reservation
Passenger in three-car crash dies south of Mandan
Otter Tail County man charged with 12 misdemeanors for blocking lake access
Investigation continues into Minot AFB machine gun recovered this week
Extra precautions being taken as water levels rise in central ND
Make Room moves to the West Acres Shopping Center
Optical Store Grand Opening
Moore Engineering makes ENR's list of Top 500 Design Firms
Intelligent InSites Promotes Derrick Olson as Senior Vice President of Engineering
Holaday Promoted at Western State Bank
Place a Business Announcement
Commentary: Governor Burgum says he’d send National Guard troops to the border if asked
Schools of Thought: One loss doesn't wipe out many wins
Letter: Artificial turf is needed in the bond
Commentary: Charging legislative candidate Duane Sand with a crime for making a false statement in a political ad is a travesty
Kevin Stands With ND Farmers
Submit a Political Letter
Ham radio club to host field day event
'A fervor for life that was undeniable': Brian Johnson, former owner of historic ND dance hall, dies
VFW cruises into new home
‘I am the first’: Full gender reassignment surgery believed to be the first in North Dakota
Miss America Cara Mund speaks to ND Girl Scouts about her time in the group
Forum preps podcast talks about the top moments from the spring sports season
Pistorius, Gravdahl break record, Packers named MVPs in Badlands Bowl
Tri Go Far Triathlon debut scheduled at West Fargo's Hulbert Aquatic Center
Chwialkowski stands out in all-star volleyball match
Post 2 comes back twice to sweep West Fargo
For two boys, fishing season is already here
Local beverage specialists offer ideas on what to pair with seasonal candy
Duluth flight instructor passes on her love of the sky
3 festive holiday drinks straight from a Fargo mixologist
Newlyweds find cozy comfort in smallest house in Grand Forks
home & garden
red river valley fair
Lake Winnibigoshish back to being a walleye wonderland
ATV group celebrates birthday of leader, 92, with 50-mile ride
SD river study puts monetary reward tags on catfish
Bison charges, gores 59-year-old woman at Yellowstone National Park
Lake Sakakawea's rise exceeding expectations
James "Jim" Somsen
Iris Straburg Roberts
Oliver Ray Moffet III
Craig Michael Farmer
June 10, 2015
WF mayor Mattern retires from NDSU
West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern retired from North Dakota State University after 23 years on Friday. Mattern has worked as a communications specialist...
June 10, 2015 - 1:10am
January 20, 2015
Mayor boasts of new businesses, housing, booming population in State of the Cities
Concerns over flood protection are lessening compared to concerns over the challenges of growth if the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s...
January 20, 2015 - 4:35pm
April 25, 2012
Mayor's Musings: Proceed with caution during summer road construction
There is going to be a great deal of road construction in West Fargo this summer, so be careful while driving through these areas. Most of you know by now that work has started on Main Avenue. It is a huge project that will be finished sometime next fall. Signs will be put up directing...
April 25, 2012 - 12:00am
January 18, 2012
Mayor's Musings: Mother Nature going easy on city services
I hope all of you had a great holiday season. So far this winter, Mother Nature has decided to be very kind to us. Not having to shovel or blow a lot of snow has been great. My snow blower has this forlorn look sitting in the garage, but that doesn't bother me. The weather also...
January 18, 2012 - 12:00am
November 16, 2011
Mayor's Musings: Fundraising focus of busy fall
It was a busy October in the Mattern household. Any of you that have children in some activity, such as sports, band, dance, etc., know that raising money is something that has to be done. In our case, our daughter, Annie, is a member of the Packatahna JV dance team. So what does...
November 16, 2011 - 12:00am
August 24, 2011
Mayor's Musings: A week of 'WOW's' for West Fargo
There are a couple of things that happened last week that made me say WOW. The first was the groundbreaking for the Caterpillar expansion. The Caterpillar commitment to West Fargo is $50 million and creating 250 jobs. WOW! Many people have called, emailed or stopped me on the street...
August 24, 2011 - 12:00am
June 22, 2011
Mayor's Musings: Comments sought regarding diversion
Thanks to all of you for the kind words about the first column and for sending your questions. Many of you have asked for my thoughts on the proposed Red River diversion. That is fine and may take more than one column to cover. However, we need to hear from you first! The Corps...
June 22, 2011 - 12:00am
May 25, 2011
Mayor's Musings: 'City on the grow' faces big changes, challenges
(Editor's note: West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern will be an occasional contributing columnist to the West Fargo Pioneer offering insight into varying topics of interest as they affect the community and its residents. Mattern, a longtime West Fargo resident who is serving his third term...
May 25, 2011 - 12:00am
December 8, 2010
Eastwood student assists Mayor with annual tree lighting ceremony
Well over 100 individuals braved the cold temperatures Monday night to take in the 9th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at West Fargo City Hall. Anna...
December 8, 2010 - 12:00am
June 16, 2010
Vote results: Mattern victorious in mayoral race
In the first highly contested West Fargo Mayoral election in several years that saw three candidates seeking the top city post, incumbent Mayor...
June 16, 2010 - 12:00am
June 9, 2010
Mattern wins over Thorstad in close WF mayoral race
West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern has been re-elected to a third term in a close race against challenger Mike Thorstad, who will retain his seat...
June 9, 2010 - 8:56am
June 2, 2010
Bio: Rich Mattern
Age: 59. Occupation: North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication Information Specialist. Family members: Wife Jody and daughters...
June 2, 2010 - 12:00am
April 14, 2010
Letter to the Editor: Need a person to return WF to shining city on the hill
Thirty seven years ago, I left the teaching profession to enter the business world. We looked all over North Dakota, western Minnesota, and northern South Dakota. West Fargo looked like a most promising city. We moved to West Fargo and purchased a business, the Sunset Motel. The city...
April 14, 2010 - 12:00am
February 10, 2010
Thorstad announces bid for Mayor
West Fargo City Commissioner Mike Thorstad would like to advance to the top rung of the city government ladder. Towards that end, he has announced...
February 10, 2010 - 12:00am
December 30, 2009
West Fargo Mayor: Mattern seeks third term
The race toward the 2010 primary election for city and park officials is off and running, with the announcement Monday that Rich Mattern will...
December 30, 2009 - 12:00am