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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FARGO — Although the first day of horse racing of at the North Dakota Horse Park opened to a bumpy start, officials are confident the following five days of racing will draw back race fans to the live meet. Shortly before the first race on Saturday, July 14, the thoroughbred horse Pennant Fever became fractious in the gate and unseated 17-year-old jockey Evan Herman. Herman had to be taken by ambulance to a Fargo hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The longtime engineer for the city of West Fargo is now the president of the firm that has served as the city's engineer department for 55 years. Kevin Bucholz was named president of Moore Engineering on July 1. Jeffry Volk, the former president and CEO, will continue to serve as CEO. Smaller cities often contract with private firms such as Moore for engineering services, but as West Fargo has grown, residents have asked if it is time for the city to staff its own department, as Fargo does.
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.
While drivers are asked to avoid Sheyenne Street on the way to the fair this year, the North Dakota Department of Transportation will suspend work on the Main Avenue during the week and exit 343 on Main Avenue will be open for both directions of traffic during the fair.
Bonanzaville will host its annual fireworks show on July 4 along with a full schedule of events to raise money for the Cass County Historical Society pioneer village. The annual event follows up a month of murder mystery events. The first event, which quickly sold out, invited teams of six to solve a 1920s theme mystery by finding clues in the different buildings at Bonanzaville. Special Events Coordinator Melissa Warren said the murder mystery evening was a first for Bonanzaville but it proved so popular, a total of three nights were scheduled and sold out.
WEST FARGO — On Mayor Rich Mattern's last day of public service after 20 years, his vision for a downtown West Fargo took shape. The City of West Fargo held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, June 25, for its new outdoor gathering space, the POW/MIA Plaza, which sits just north of Sheyenne Plaza and the VFW's new home at 444 Sheyenne St. S.
The West Fargo VFW has reopened after moving to its new home in Sheyenne Plaza, just in time for the first Cruise Night of the summer. The first 2018 West Fargo Cruise Night, sponsored by Toppers Custom Car Club, will be held on Thursday, June 21, the first official day of summer. VIP parking spots have relocated to the front of Sheyenne Plaza, 444 Sheyenne St., where the VFW is now open for business. The VFW closed on June 10 as volunteers began moving the contents of its former building at 308 Sheyenne St. The move was delayed in April due to incomplete paperwork.
WEST FARGO — Two races here are close enough that candidates may be eligible to ask for a recount, which they can do after votes are canvassed on Monday, June 18, at their own expense.
All four candidates for the three open seats on the West Fargo Park Board may get to serve on the board after the resignation of longtime member Kathy Scully. Scully, who served on the board for more than 20 years, will resign Thursday, June 14, because of a move to the Twin Cities area. Scully's four-year term will expire in 2020.
WEST FARGO — For the first time in 16 years, West Fargo will have a new mayor after businessman Bernie Dardis defeated incumbent Rich Mattern on Tuesday, June 12.