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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Lester Hazer, 105, danced through life. On Sunday, May 6, Hazer danced on his way to death. From his bed, he moved his arms and legs along to the polka music his family turned on. A short time later, he closed his eyes to sleep for the last time. Hazer, who founded Hazer's Auto & Truck Parts in West Fargo, was known to never give up on what he wanted. Although he passed the business on to his son, Duane, and grandson, Daniel, Hazer continued to work at the shop past age 100. "Even up to the end, his mind was very, very clear," said his son, Duane Hazer.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo Schools will likely ask voters for another bond referendum during a special election, but how much money the district would need and the specific projects that would be built are yet to be determined. Voter fatigue, property tax increases and equality across the district are concerns for the West Fargo School Board if it moves forward with a bond referendum in 2018.
WEST FARGO—The Fargo and West Fargo public school districts plan to join forces to create a small unified school specially designed to help kindergarten and elementary-age students with severe behavioral problems. If the plan comes together for next fall, it will be the first such school in North Dakota. School districts around the country are seeing an increase in student behavioral problems that often disrupt classrooms and sometimes lead to staff injuries.
WEST FARGO — Voters here could soon be asked to approve a roughly $100 million building bond to ease overcrowding.
HARWOOD, N.D.—Crews aim to begin work near here this spring on the first Department of Veterans Affairs national cemetery in North Dakota.
ROTHSAY, Minn.—A Wisconsin man was injured after his SUV spun out on Interstate 94, was hit by a semi and started on fire. According to the Minnesota State Patrol: The accident occured just west of Rothsay about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. James Albert Anagnost, 46, of De Pere, Wis., was heading west in a Chevrolet Trailblazer when he lost control of the vehicle and spun out into the cable barrier between the two interstate lanes. The trailblazer was then hit by a Volvo semi driven by Sanjar Rasulov, 31, from Brooklyn, N.Y.
ALEXANDER, N.D.—Authorities have identified the 89-year-old man from rural North Dakota who died after he was pinned between a fence post and a trailer near here on Friday, March 30. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Arne Skedsvold was pinned between a fence post and a cattle trailer around 10 a.m. The driver of the 7510 John Deere tractor and trailer, Jacob Heen, 33, was backing up to load cattle in a pasture in rural McKenzie county, about 20 miles southwest of Alexander when the accident occured.
WEST FARGO—Less than two years after opening, the Rustad Recreation Center here will soon double in size, adding an indoor playground and turf playing field. The West Fargo Park District is planning a $7.68 million expansion of the Rustad Center at 601 26th Ave. E. by adding 55,095 square feet of space to the southwestern side of the building that opened in August 2016. The expansion will add a second gymnasium, indoor turf field with batting cages, two new classrooms and a dedicated arts and crafts room.
A public input meeting regarding 17th Avenue South will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 3 in the Fargo South High School Commons in Fargo. The meeting will include two formal presentations. The first, regarding 17th Avenue South west of 38th Street, will begin at 5:30 p.m. The second, focusing on 17th Avenue east of 38th Street, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
WEST FARGO—Members of West Fargo's District 13 Republican Party endorsed candidates for election to the North Dakota Legislature on March 20. The group unanimously endorsed Sen. Judy Lee and Rep. Kim Koppelman for re-election and Austen Schauer for the House of Representatives seat that will be vacated by Rep. Christopher Olson. Olson is now the District 13 Republican chairman. Olson decided not to seek re-election because of current time demands of family and business. Lee has been in the Senate since first elected in 1994, when she began serving on the Human