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 — As the revitalization of the north end of Sheyenne Street continues with construction of Sheyenne Plaza and Pioneer Place in the 300 and 400 blocks, work is underway to give the south end of one of West Fargo's main streets a new look. When the School District bought 13 acres of land needed for its ice arena in February, leaders planned to work with the city of West Fargo and developers to create a master plan for the area that would include room for businesses and restaurants in one of the few commercial spots left in West Fargo.
WEST FARGO — To begin its transition from an all-volunteer fire department to one with full-time firefighters plus volunteers, the West Fargo Fire Department seeks more than twice as much taxpayer money next year. Fire Chief Dan Fuller presented his 2018 budget on Monday, July 17, to elected city leaders. It includes a request for about $1.59 million from taxpayers, double the amount the city has contributed to the department in the past.
WEST FARGO — This city has a new police chief. Former FBI Supervisory Agent Heith Janke was sworn into office as police chief on Monday, July 17, at the West Fargo City Commission meeting. In an interview with The Forum on Monday, Janke said his first priority will be bringing the police department back together after a fractious few months. Janke replaces former Police Chief Mike Reitan, who the City Commission fired on Feb. 6 after allegations from within the department that he created a toxic and hostile workplace since taking over as chief in 2014.
FARGO—While the thrill of watching the horses break from the gate and thunder down the track at the North Dakota Horse Park is draw enough for many, especially when the live races are coupled with food trucks and a playground for the little ones, those looking to make a little money will have plenty of chances during the eight-day live horse racing meet that starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15.
FARGO — The return of Friday night horse racing at the North Dakota Horse Park appears to be a sign that local racing is on the right course after the state granted Fargo's track two extra days of competition this year after running a successful six-day meet in 2016.
WEST FARGO — A new police chief won't begin working here until mid-July. The West Fargo City Commission unanimously voted to hire FBI Supervisory Special Agent Heith Janke at its June 23 meeting after City Administrator Tina Fisk recommended him. At that time, Fisk said she expected to return to the commission by its Wednesday, July 5, meeting with a pay and benefit plan for Janke and then the commission could officially hire him.
ROUND LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. — A father is dead and his son was taken to a Fargo, N.D., hospital to be treated for injuries after an ATV accident near here Tuesday, July 4. According to a release from Becker County Sheriff's Office, emergency crews were called just after midnight to South Elbow Lake Road in Round Lake Township for the report of an ATV accident involving three men, one of whom was unconscious at the scene.
An aerial mosquito control application is scheduled for Frontier, N.D., and Rothsay, Minn., from about 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, July 5. If weather is not permitting, the spray will be rescheduled for Thursday, July 6. The mosquito applications have been approved by federal and state departments and are done by specially trained and licensed pilots.
WEST FARGO— With some creative job shifting and cutting of supplies, West Fargo School District officials were able to pull its budget out of the red in the upcoming year without major cuts to staff.
WEST FARGO—Efforts to seek voter approval to build a third high school and third middle school in this fast-growing school district are on the back burner for now, school officials told The Forum on Monday.