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 and at CBS Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
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WEST FARGO -- The Red River Valley Fair brought just over 90,000 people in 2016, the lowest it has been since 2008. Red River Valley Fair general manager Bryan Schulz...
WEST FARGO—The School Board here will get its first look on Monday, July 25, at the exterior design of a nearly $18 million hockey facility the district plans to start building this fall. JLG Architects has chosen a modern mix design for the exterior that includes large windows and a sleek face to the two-story facility just north of 32nd Avenue West and Sheyenne Street.
WEST FARGO—The mostly volunteer Fire Department here already fails to respond to calls as quickly as national standards recommend, a shortcoming the fire chief attributes to the city's rapid expansion. About two-thirds of responses took longer than nine minutes in 2015. The guidelines call for no more than 10 percent to lag that long. So what will happen in the next four years, a time span in which the volume of fire calls could nearly double, based on past growth rates?
FARGO—After a year hiatus, horse racing will return to the North Dakota Horse Park here on Saturday, July 16. Horses, owners and trainers began arriving at the north Fargo track earlier this week to prepare for the six-day, three-weekend 2016 race meet, an event that General Manager Mike Schmitz feared would not happen after the North Dakota Racing Commission revoked race dates in 2015. "When I see horses working out in the track, then it really hits you," Schmitz said. "All the stuff we've been working to get back, it's really happening."
FARGO—Gina Bushey used to hit the gym to run or lift weights, but she often found herself wishing she could be staying fit another way, like by dancing or a gymnastics class. Then, Bushey tumbled into pole fitness, an extension of pole dancing that has become a popular trend to tone muscle and increase flexibility. "There is no 36-year-old ladies' gymnastics class or dance team or cheerleading squad out there," Bushey said. "This is so different. It was something I found that filled that niche for me."
WEST FARGO — Although wrecking balls will start rolling on properties in the 400 block of Sheyenne Street this month to make way for the new Sheyenne Plaza, bowling balls will continue rolling down the lanes of the city's only bowling alley for another year. Stars and Strikes bowling alley will remain open for a full year while construction is ongoing at Sheyenne Plaza, a $12 million, 124,000-square-foot complex that will include a mix of residential and business space, with the potential to include a small city park or gathering space. It has been dubbed West Fargo's future downtown square.
WEST FARGO -- Developers broke ground last week on a new senior living center in West Fargo that will have room for both independent agers and those who need special...
OMAHA, Neb.—Iconic swimmers such as Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin will be trying to paddle their way to Rio de Janeiro this summer by taking to water here owned by West Fargo. The Olympic hopefuls will be taking their only shot at qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil inside a Myrtha Pool that was assembled inside the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The 54-meter pool was bought by UP Aquatics, a regional group of swim supporters who will donate it to the West Fargo School District.
WEST FARGO—Waitress Teresa Pope swung her arms wide open and greeted another customer walking into Deaner's Diner in West Fargo, formerly known as TNT's Diner with a big hug and gush of "I've missed you!" The customer was one of many that had already stopped by the diner at 405 Main Ave. W. on its first day of business Monday, June 20, under the new ownership of Dean and Della Johnson. The Fergus Falls, Minn., area natives and industry veterans who founded the long-closed Treetop Lounge in Moorhead, bought the diner from owner Tammy Hagensen last week.
WEST FARGO – The West Fargo School Board will hold a special meeting Monday, June 20, to decide how to move forward with a new hockey facility after finding out...