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—Two dozen elementary teachers attended the West Fargo School Board meeting on Monday, March 12, after catching wind of a proposal that would designate 10 minutes of the school day for a student snack time but could take away from teacher preparation time. Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Beth Slette said Monday that staff has considered building in 10 minutes to the elementary school day in order to add a snack time for students. The West Fargo Education Association requested the item be placed on the agenda, but it was denied.
WEST FARGO—The second phase of West Fargo's plan to turn northern Sheyenne Street into a downtown area will begin construction soon, but the design has been changed to include more retail and affordable housing. Construction of Pioneer Place, a four-and-a-half story, mixed-use plaza in the 300 block of Sheyenne Street, will begin this spring. The building was originally planned to mirror the $12 million Sheyenne Plaza, a five-story, 124,000-square-foot complex that incorporates office space and residential units.
WEST FARGO—When construction crews break ground this spring on the planned expansion of the Sanford West Fargo Clinic, they will embark on a bigger project than first anticipated with a shorter timeline. Sanford officials said the expansion plan was updated to build a two-story, 26,000-square-foot clinic at the current clinic's location on the corner of Sheyenne Street and 13th Avenue South, and the project will be finished in one phase instead of two.
WEST FARGO—The city plans to revamp its parking rules to help make the streets easier to clean in snow and shine. Current city ordinance allows vehicles or trailers to be parked in one spot for no more than 72 hours. Public Works Director Chris Brungardt said the snowplows and street cleaners have to work around the many vehicles, trailers or boats and RVs that are parked on residential streets for up to three days or more.
FARGO—After years of failed attempts in the North Dakota Legislature to form an ethics commission that would keep lawmakers in check, citizens are taking the matter into their own hands.
WEST FARGO – A man was arrested here on suspicion of gross sexual imposition Thursday, March 1, after it was reported he was suicidal and had weapons in his home. West Fargo police were called to the 100 block of 12th Street East at 9:06 a.m. Thursday after a female in the home texted 911 and said a man there was suicidal and she felt unsafe.
WEST FARGO – A longtime resident will run for one of two open seats on the West Fargo City Commission.
WEST FARGO — By fall, West Fargo could be sending about 1 million gallons of wastewater per day to Fargo, but it may have to use eminent domain to do so.
WEST FARGO— The School District here decided to officially move forward with building another elementary school, this time in the Deer Creek neighborhood near 52nd Avenue South in Fargo. The West Fargo School District is growing at about 400 to 500 students each year and, although Brooks Harbor Elementary School just opened and Willow Creek Elementary School will open in the fall, both schools will be at capacity in the near future.
MOORHEAD— For Clay County residents, Tuesday, Feb. 6, was their first chance of the 2018 election season to get involved with politics on the most basic level in a year that Minnesota will choose a new governor and two U.S. senators. "Caucuses are where you will find the beginnings of democracy," said Athena Gracyk, secretary of the Clay County DFL. Turnout at both the Clay County Republican caucus held at Moorhead High School and the Clay County DFL caucus at Moorhead State University was slim compared to the 2016 caucus, which kicked off a presidential election year.