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The Awake Lounge in West Fargo will be closed for two weeks after the City Commission approved suspending owner Ritchell Aboah's liquor license for 14 days. City Attorney Jon Shockley said the bar received 23 complaints of a loud party or loud noise between July 29 and Oct. 29. Shockley said that another incident occurred late Sunday, Nov. 18, that will likely result in charges. If there's another complaint within 30 days of the suspension, Shockley said he will recommend the city revoke the license. "There have been a lot of violations of this liquor license," he said.
Now that snow is flying, most are dreaming of weather warm enough to head to the pool again, but a cooler 2018 summer may have kept some away from West Fargo's Veterans Memorial Pool. Facility Manager Jamie Olson said at the West Fargo Park Board's November meeting that the pool was open for 80 days in 2018, beginning on June 1. Attendance was down by about 2,394 visitors from 2017.
WEST FARGO — The Awake Lounge in West Fargo will be closed for two weeks after the City Commission approved suspending owner Ritchell Aboah’s liquor license for 14 days. City Attorney Jon Shockley said the bar received 23 complaints of a loud party or loud noise between July 29 and Oct. 29. Shockley said that another incident occurred late Sunday, Nov. 18, that will likely result in charges.
WEST FARGO — While it will cost more upfront, the state’s first electric school bus could become the cheapest form of transportation in the future. The West Fargo School Board decided Tuesday, Nov. 14 to buy its first and only all-electric school bus for $314,200. According to District Spokesperson Stephanie Hanson, the vehicle will be the first electric bus in the state of North Dakota.
BISMARCK -- Live horse racing will likely be back in Fargo over three weekends in July 2019. The North Dakota Racing Commission approved seven days of racing in July at the North Dakota Horse Park in Fargo and eight days of June racing at Chippewa Downs in Belcourt, N.D. NDHP General Manager Mike Schmitz said the Horse Park will likely only run six of the seven days, hosting races on Saturday, July 13, Sunday July 14; Friday July 19; Saturday July 20; Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28. The middle weekend will have one Friday evening of racing and no racing on Sunday.
As winter moves in, more roads that have been under construction since the summer are opening up to traffic, including Sheyenne Street and the Interstate 94 interchange. The Sheyenne Street and I-94 overpass is now open on the northbound side and lane restrictions on I-94 have been lifted. For those going south on Sheyenne Street, drivers should go over the I-94 bridge to use the new westbound loop ramp to only travel south. Those heading north on Sheyenne should use the westbound off-ramp to only travel north. No left turns are allowed.
Bonanzaville will host one of the most popular historical shows on television next summer.
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.