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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.
The West Fargo School Board got its first look Monday, Jan. 14, at what the district’s third middle school will look like once it’s completed in 2020. The school district plans to begin construction on the middle school this spring after voters overwhelmingly supported at $106.9 million bond referendum in September. About $88.5 million of the referendum will be used to pay for a new middle school and new high school near 76th Avenue in Horace.
Volunteers and donors came together quickly to help after an apparent act of vandalism caused more than 200,000 gallons of water to flood the ground and possibly foundations of at least three historic Cass County buildings at Bonanzaville. Friday, Jan. 11, crews from Earthwork Services, spent most of the day chipping away at the ice that had formed around the Mount Pleasant Church, gazebo, school house and courthouse at Bonanzaville.
Attendance of the city's first open forum on special assessments was nearly at capacity. West Fargo city spokeswoman Melissa Richard said about 45 residents visited the first of five special assessment forums on Thursday, Jan. 3. To keep the forums manageable, the city capped attendance at 50. "I thought it went really well. I was extremely impressed with the number of people that showed up; it exceeded my expectations," Commissioner Eric Gjerdevig said.
An apparent act of vandalism caused more than 200,000 gallons of water to flood the ground and possibly foundations of at least three historic Cass County buildings at Bonanzaville. "I've been here nearly five years, and we've never, ever had any vandalism," Bonanzaville Executive Director Brenda Warren said Monday, Jan. 7. "I just can't imagine who would want to purposely destroy precious artifacts and historic buildings. It's heartbreaking."
WEST FARGO — An apparent act of vandalism caused more than 200,000 gallons of water to flood the ground and possibly foundations of at least three historic Cass County buildings at Bonanzaville. "I've been here nearly five years, and we’ve never, ever had any vandalism," Bonanzaville Executive Director Brenda Warren said Monday, Jan. 7. "I just can't imagine who would want to purposely destroy precious artifacts and historic buildings. It’s heartbreaking."
Construction of West Fargo's first city-owned parking ramp will begin this year. The City Commission approved the parking ramp plan as it finalized a tax increment finance district in December that will aid the development of a residential and retail development, labeled The Lights at Sheyenne 32, on the southern end of Sheyenne Street.
WEST FARGO — After Sheyenne High School was placed on an administrative lockdown for the third time in seven days and after a video of two students fighting began circulating on social and traditional media, the West Fargo School District held a news conference Thursday, Dec. 20, to discuss the safety procedures schools follow and the different types of lockdowns.
Freedom Elementary School was named as a "National Blue Ribbon School" in October. Last week, city, state and school officials celebrated the honor. Freedom was one of three North Dakota schools to be given the national award from the U.S. Department of Education along with Central Valley School, a K-12 school in Buxton, a city about 25 miles south of Grand Forks; and Richland Elementary, in Abercrombie, which is about 20 miles north of Wahpeton.
The first MacKenzie River Pizza location east of the Missouri River is now open in West Fargo. The rustic Rocky Mountain-inspired restaurant at 819 24th Ave. E., West Fargo, has a full bar and varied American fare menu, offering everything from pizza and pasta to burgers and fries. Franchisees Lance and Shoni Robinson, of Missoula, Mont., own another MacKenzie River in Bismarck and two in Montana. A unique feature is the frost rail encircling the bar that allows patrons to keep their resting drinks cold.