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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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.
The future of a convention center in West Fargo is still a possibility. The City Commission agreed to request proposals for a feasibility study of building a convention center or large expo center at its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 17. The city would pay up to one-third of the study cost in partnership with the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau and Red River Valley Fairgrounds. West Fargo Economic Development Director Matt Marshall said the study would consider what construction might cost, if it is needed in this area and how it could be paid for.
As officials were finishing up the 13th Avenue corridor study in West Fargo, they were happy to find that only minor improvements will be needed to the road that could become much busier as development continues in the city. Officials held an open house for the project on Thursday, Dec. 6, but the public can still submit comments at www.fmmetrocog.org .
Although a third middle school isn't planned to open until 2020, the West Fargo School Board will hire a principal to help lead the school before it's even built. The board voted unanimously Monday, Dec. 10, to begin the hiring process for a middle school principal as well as a principal for L.E. Berger Elementary. Chad Clark was hired last year to serve as the principal of Deer Creek Elementary School, a building that is under construction and set to open in fall 2019. Until then, Clark is serving as principal at L.E. Berger.
The photos of Pioneer Photo Editor Dave Samson drew a crowd to City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 6, as part of the Taste of West Fargo Art Social. The event, which combined the holiday Arts Social and Taste of West Fargo events into one, allowed attendees to sample some of West Fargo's best restaurants, including bites from Spitfire, Spicy Pie, Steep Me a Cup of Tea, Jimmy Johns, Flatland Brewery, Costco and West Fargo VFW Post 7564. But the photos of West Fargo's natural scenes taken by West Fargo High School Hall of Famer Samson had the more than 100 talking.
Superintendent Beth Slette began her first annual state of the schools address with a video that details just how fast the workforce is changing and becoming inclusive of new technology and artificial intelligence. Slette said the video wasn't meant to scare the nearly 100 parents, staff and community members, but to show them how much education can change in a short time. "It gets us thinking about what school can be for our students," she said.
Liquor licenses may soon be more expensive in West Fargo, but the process of getting one may be quicker and businesses may have more choices in license types. City Attorney John Shockley said he can't remember the city making updates to its liquor license since at least 2004. Shockley proposed that the City Commission consider changes, including the creation of a liquor board to regulate licensing, at its Monday, Dec. 3.
The work of longtime Pioneer photographer and West Fargo High School Hall of Famer Dave Samson along with a free tasting of West Fargo fare will be on display this week at City Hall. The City is hosting a Taste of West Fargo Art Social from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Grand Foyer at West Fargo City Hall.
FARGO — First responders were called to an area near the Fargo Jet Center for a report of a plane that crashed off a runway there j ust before 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Emergency dispatch traffic indicated that crews at the scene confirmed there were no injuries and no fire at the crash site. The Fargo Jet Center is at 3802 20th St. N. Check back to inforum.com for updates on this developing story.