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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City staff members may be getting a raise in 2019. The City Commission approved a compensation study at its Nov. 5 meeting that called for every city employee to get at least a 4.5 percent increase. Jenna Wilm, director of Human Resources, said the city had a consulting firm study staff salaries earlier this year to find out if West Fargo offers salaries and benefits equal to other cities and the general market. "We were struggling with recruiting and retention," Wilm said. "This allows us to be able to be more competitive when recruiting and retaining employees."
Dates have not yet been set, but city officials hope to hold at least five community forums on the topic of special assessments by the end of the year. Commissioner Eric Gjerdevig asked the city to create a plan to hold upcoming forums on special assessments in August. The city is planning at least five community forums to be held by Dec. 31 and officials hope for at least 50 people to attend each one, said West Fargo Spokeswoman Melissa Richard.
One of the most decorated K-9 officers in the state made his last walk through the halls of the West Fargo Police Department on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Disco, the department's first-ever K9 officer, retired Nov. 1 after seven years of service, more than 1,000 deployments and two of North Dakota's largest drug seizures. Disco's partner, Sgt. Pete Nielsen, walked with him through City Hall late Wednesday, saying goodbye to his fellow officers, city staff members and community members.
FARGO — A former West Fargo middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a student and sharing illicit photos and videos with students was sentenced Monday, Nov. 5, to 10 years in prison. Moser, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, wiped away tears as the courtroom in Cass County District Court filled with friends and family, including her husband, Brett.
West Fargoans could see reduced home insurance costs after the Fire Department's rating goes up on Nov. 1.
WEST FARGO — David Lemi was a 6-year-old boy who loved to smile and sing. He loved pizza, french fries and fish. He loved to play outside, and he was an autistic boy who was attracted to water. Lemi died on June 29. He disappeared from watchful eyes and after a three-hour search rescuers found his body in a retention pond near his home in West Fargo’s Eagle Run neighborhood.
The West Fargo Police Department is trying to identify this man. The man is believed to be involved in a current investigation and any information about his identity from the public is appreciated. If you have information regarding the man, please email FacebookTips@westfargond.gov or call the West Fargo Police Tip Line at (701) 433-5333.
Former West Fargo Park Board President Sharon Odegaard was awarded the Citizen Advocacy Award from the North Dakota Recreation and Park Association at its annual conference in Dickinson, N.D, Sept. 11-13. NDRPA recognizes parks and recreation professionals, organizations and projects through its annual award program at its annual banquet. The Citizen Advocacy award honors individuals for outstanding contributions to the park, recreation and conservation movement.
The West Fargo School Board took the first steps to begin building a third middle and high school after voters passed a $106.9 million bond on Sept. 25. Business Manager Mark Lemer said Monday, Oct. 22, that school districts are required to file a request for approval with the state for any construction projects costing more than $150,000. The overall plan will outline all the projects the school district plans to begin after the bond passed.