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 — A former West Fargo middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a student and sharing illicit photos and videos with students was sentenced Monday, Nov. 5, to 10 years in prison. Moser, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, wiped away tears as the courtroom in Cass County District Court filled with friends and family, including her husband, Brett.
West Fargoans could see reduced home insurance costs after the Fire Department's rating goes up on Nov. 1.
WEST FARGO — David Lemi was a 6-year-old boy who loved to smile and sing. He loved pizza, french fries and fish. He loved to play outside, and he was an autistic boy who was attracted to water. Lemi died on June 29. He disappeared from watchful eyes and after a three-hour search rescuers found his body in a retention pond near his home in West Fargo’s Eagle Run neighborhood.
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.
Former West Fargo Park Board President Sharon Odegaard was awarded the Citizen Advocacy Award from the North Dakota Recreation and Park Association at its annual conference in Dickinson, N.D, Sept. 11-13. NDRPA recognizes parks and recreation professionals, organizations and projects through its annual award program at its annual banquet. The Citizen Advocacy award honors individuals for outstanding contributions to the park, recreation and conservation movement.
The West Fargo School Board took the first steps to begin building a third middle and high school after voters passed a $106.9 million bond on Sept. 25. Business Manager Mark Lemer said Monday, Oct. 22, that school districts are required to file a request for approval with the state for any construction projects costing more than $150,000. The overall plan will outline all the projects the school district plans to begin after the bond passed.
When West Fargo voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, residents of two districts will also elect North Dakota House and Senate candidates from District 13 and District 45. District 13 encompassses central West Fargo. District 45 includes parts of northern West Fargo, Reile's Acres, Fargo and Harwood. In District 13, incumbent Republican Sen. Judy Lee is challenged by Democrat Carrie Leopold.
FARGO — A Utah-based education company is eyeing North Dakota to be part of a pilot program to provide free, at-home preschool service to rural areas.
For taxing entities of West Fargo, it's how to deal with the city's rapid growth that is at the heart of the challenges and successes they face. City, school and park district officials met on Oct. 9 to discuss future challenges and opportunities. Park district Executive Director Barb Erbstoesser said it's the rapid pace of growth that the park board and district finds challenging. "When we are planning our special events, we don't know if we'll get 1,000 or 3,000 people that come," she said. "It can be difficult to know how to plan."
Two West Fargo High School teachers are in the running for national awards after being named leaders in the state. Leah Swedberg, health and physical education teacher, has been named as the North Dakota Society of Health & Physical Education (SHAPE) Health Teacher of the Year. Nikki Peterson, WFHS physical education teacher, has been named as the North Dakota Society of Health & Physical Education Dance Teacher of the Year. Swedberg submitted evidence exhibiting excellence in the publications, innovative teaching, and special projects categories.