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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WEST FARGO — A Minnesota man was arrested Wednesday, March 20, after allegedly running from West Fargo police who responded to a report of shoplifting. About 8:15 a.m., officers were sent to Menards, 1300 13th Ave. E., on a report of shoplifting in progress, according to a report from West Fargo police. While officers were on the way, the man ran out of the back of the store and into the store's lumberyard. Officers spoke to a woman, Sara Parisian, who was in a truck outside the store. Officers learned that the truck was reported stolen in Wright County, Minn., police said.
The city, Red River Valley Fairgrounds and Fargo Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau will move forward with a study to determine if a convention center in West Fargo would be possible and how much it might cost. The West Fargo City Commission approved awarding the feasibility study project to Stone Planning based in Chicago for $65,570. The city, Red River Valley Fair and CVB will each pay $21,857. In December, the City Commission approved paying up to $90,000 total for the study.
A five-member liquor control board will now help approve, deny and regulate liquor licenses in the city of West Fargo. The City Commission approved Monday, March 18, the first reading of a new ordinance that would create a liquor control board that will include the city administrator, police chief, code enforcement official and two commissioners to review, approve or deny applications. The board will be allowed to impose fines on anyone found to be violating license rules. Applicants can appeal decision by the liquor control board to the City Commission within 14 days.
Although the West Fargo area missed out on heavy snow amounts last week, heavy wet buildups caused a roof collapse at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds and blew the top off an already collapsed roof at R.J. Corman Railroad Services. West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller said two employees of R.J. Corman Railroad Services at 2216 Main Ave., were momentarily trapped when the wind blew off part of a roof on a building Thursday, March 14, around 3 p.m. The employees were evacuated by the time rescue crews arrived.
WEST FARGO — Dan Machtell, a Cheney Middle School teacher placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 26, will not return to the classroom after district officials completed an investigation of a student's complaint that he touched her during a demonstration. According to a school district report obtained by The Forum on Wednesday, March 13, through a public records request:
The West Fargo School District will save nearly $3.5 million on construction costs after bids came in much lower than planned. The school board budgeted $31.9 million for construction of the new middle school, which is slated to open in fall 2020. On Tuesday, March 5, the school board opened the bids and found the lowest bidder, Meinecke-Johnson, proposed the project for $28.6 million, or about $3.4 million below construction estimates. Business Manager Mark Lemer said the cost of filling the school is seperate.
The City of West Fargo is hosting its first West Fargo Street Fair, and it's looking for local artists and vendors to sign up soon to fill Sheyenne Street in June. The street fair, which will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, along Sheyenne Street, will feature local art, jewelry, craft and vendor booths; food trucks; and kid-friendly activities. It will wrap up with a street dance at the POW/MIA Plaza from 7 to 9 p.m.
The West Fargo School District will name its third high school after the city where it will be built. The School Board voted 6-1 to the middle school Heritage Middle School at its meeting, Monday, March 11. It voted 4-3 to name the high school West Fargo Horace High School. Board Member Dan Schaeffer said he didn't like any of the choices for both schools. "I didn't feel like I could put my name on any of these names, I just couldn't," Schaeffer said. The board discussed the high school name at length after two motions to table the vote failed.
While West Fargo neighborhoods continue to fill in at a rapid pace, the city's neighborhood retail sector is much slower to grow. But, Talula, a women's retail shop across from Costco at 835 23rd Ave. E., Suite 204, and the neighboring Olive Street shoe store are giving West Fargo two new neighborhood options for shopping. Talula owner Laurie Chatham founded the Fargo boutique Laurie's in 1980 and sold the business in 2010.
West Fargo Public Schools is currently investigating a personnel matter at Cheney Middle School. While the investigative process unfolds, the employee has been placed on administrative leave, according to a note emailed to parents. "We are aware that there is speculation on social media and among students and families regarding the context of this situation," the note stated. "Until the investigation is complete, the district is unable to respond to any inquiries or provide further clarification related to this matter."