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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Residents who spoke at the West Fargo School District mill levy public hearing questioned the district's need for an upcoming bond referendum. Voters will be asked to approve a $106.9 million bond referendum on Sept. 25 that will help pay for a third high school and middle school as well as safety upgrades, art and gifted classrooms in elementary schools that do not have them and $3 million for artificial turf fields at every high school.
West Fargo High School crowned its Homecoming royalty during its annual homecoming week kick off on Monday, Sept. 10. The court included king candidates Spencer Jackson-Metcalf; Luke Lennon; Halson Nguyen; Tate Pearson; Ryan Schlepp; and Brandon Steinhauer. Queen candidates were Abigail Donarski, Grace Faiman; Taylor Giesen; Callyn Johnson; Karla Kolakovic; and Mariah Shatz. Homecoming celebrations will include the annual powderpuff game, where junior and senior girls will face off on the football field at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.
WEST FARGO — West Fargo Schools passed the 11,000 mark on the first day of school, Aug. 28, but the enrollment numbers fell short of surpassing the Fargo School District's numbers.
Willow Park Elementary School is surrounded by urban development, but inside, West Fargo's newest elementary school is decorated by green with an abundance of natural lighting, a pointed contrast designers planned for the school that will be home to the district's first Welcome Center. District officials planned to centralize services for New Americans — or students who lived in the U.S. for less than one year — when planning Willow Park, which was built as part of a 2015 $98 million school bond.
WEST FARGO — A group of parents hope the West Fargo School District will change its busing policies after they submit a petition to the school board on Monday, Aug. 27. "Parents who were promised busing are not having any busing now even though the students have been bussed in the past," said Jennie Mawson, who created an online petition at Change.org. Since its creation on Monday, Aug. 20, the petition had gathered more than 450 signatures with a goal of 500.
West Fargo plans to hold a series of public meetings in an effort to educate residents and get feedback about special assessments. First-term commissioner Eric Gjerdevig asked the commission to hold the forums after hearing about the controversial topic from many residents during the June election cycle. The city of Fargo recently appointed members to a special assessment task force that will examine its current special assessment policies.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo plans to hold a series of public meetings in an effort to educate residents and get feedback about special assessments. First-term commissioner Eric Gjerdevig asked the commission to hold the forums after hearing about the controversial topic from many residents during the June election cycle. The city of Fargo recently appointed members to a special assessment task force that will examine its current special assessment policies.
WEST FARGO—With more than 1,000 kindergartners already registered to enroll in West Fargo schools this fall, the rapidly growing district is on the verge of overtaking the number of students in the neighboring Fargo School District. West Fargo had 11,257 registered students as of Wednesday, Aug. 15, while Fargo had 11,474, a spread of 217 students. Fargo begins classes Thursday, Aug. 23. West Fargo grades 1-12 begin classes Tuesday, Aug. 28. Those enrollment numbers are expected to fluctuate as classes begin.
Coffee with a Cop will be at New Perspective Senior Living at 645 33rd Ave E, West Fargo at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. The August speaker will be Chief Heith Janke. He will be talking about his role and duties as the West Fargo Police Chief. Three Rivers Garden Club to meet The Three Rivers Garden Club will hold its August meeting at 7 p.m., Aug. 16, at the home of Julies Vetter's home at 322 51st Avenue E in West Fargo. Bring a vase and some of flowers to make an arrangement and to share.
For the second year in a row, a record number of kindergarteners have registered to attend West Fargo School District. After registration ended last week, there were 1,025 kindergarten students enrolled in the district as of Aug. 13, said spokeswoman Heather Leas. "That is still shifting," board member Kara Gravley-Stack said. It is the highest number of kindergartners to register in the district, topping last year's 963 students.