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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A volunteer doesn't need to give money to make a difference in their community; they just need to give time. For longtime West Fargo native Bob Stromberg, the hundreds of volunteer hours he's given to the F-M area still amounted to a lot of needed money for local nonprofits. Stromberg, who helped create the annual Wine and Dine event for The Village, and FM Raise Your Spirits, among other groups, philanthropy has always been more than "writing a check."
Students who will soon attend West Fargo School District's third middle school and high school will have the first and final say in deciding on a mascot and school colors for a new high school and middle school to be built in Horace. A task force made up of parents and district staff decided the district should follow the same process it did when Sheyenne High School opened as the district's second high school.
Hornbachers plans to place a liquor store at its new West Fargo location, which will be the grocery chain's first in-building liquor location in the metro. The first West Fargo Hornbachers location is under construction near the intersection of Sheyenne Street and Interstate 94 and is expected to open later this year. On Monday, Feb. 4, the West Fargo City Commission agreed to hold a public hearing later this month regarding Hornbacher's application for a liquor license. A Holiday convenience store has already open on the site and a nearby strip mall is planned.
As Bonanzaville prepares for a nearly two-year-long exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, the Cass County Historical Society is hoping residents will loan or donate their items relating to the universal right to vote to the museum. Curator Katie Johnson said the exhibit, which will be housed at Bonanzaville's museum, will open on May 1 and run through the end of 2020.
As the West Fargo School District continues to grow and more schools are opened, the West Fargo School Board has already began the process of hiring additional teachers for fall 2019. "We are well underway for our staffing analysis and staffing requests," said Human Resources Director Robin Hill. The board approved hiring 12 full time teachers as well as a school psychologist, part time art teacher, and part time gifted and talented teacher and instructional coach for a total of $765,000 per year in salaries.
Residents can still offer their opinions to the city on plans to put the northern part of Sheyenne Street on a "diet." The city plans to narrow the roadway and widen sidewalks on the street from Main Avenue to Seventh Avenue. An open house for the project on Jan. 22 brought in about 50 residents who were able to learn more about the plans and offer comments while an environmental impact statement is still underway, said engineer Dustin Scott.
WEST FARGO — While construction on an expansion of the Sanford Clinic here continues, the current clinic on Sheyenne Street will begin offering Saturday hours Jan. 26. Starting Saturday, the Sanford West Fargo Clinic will be open for primary care and walk-in patients from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In spring 2018, Sanford began a $10 million construction project to expand the building on the corner of Sheyenne Street and 13th Avenue West to 26,000 square feet. The remodeled clinic will continue to offer primary care, women’s and children’s services.
Many West Fargo residents who have attended community forums on special assessments say they are willing to pay higher taxes or lot prices if it means reducing special assessments.
FARGO — There's potential for a ground blizzard Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning in eastern North Dakota and the Red River Valley, including the Fargo-Moorhead area, according to the National Weather Service. Starting Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 23, strong winds are forecast to spread south, blowing snow around and reducing visibility. This is expected to create whiteout conditions in rural areas.
Those in the West Fargo School District will get the chance to help name the district's third middle school and high school very soon. Construction will begin this spring on the district's third middle school, and construction on the high school will begin in 2020. "We thought it would just make sense to name them at the same time," District Spokeswoman Heather Leas said. "Maybe they'll be complimentary. Then kids can then know what the names and mascots will be." said it makes sense the district chose a name for both schools right away.