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 – 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.
FARGO—Despite harsh winter weather, turnout for the Saturday, Feb. 3, Cass County Democratic-NPL Convention was high. At least 200 voters attended the convention Saturday, Feb. 3 to nominate candidates for Districts 11, 13, 16, 21, 22, 27, 41, 44, 45 and 46. Democrats and Republicans in North Dakota endorse legislative candidates for their respective parties at district conventions. They also elect delegates for the state convention.
WEST FARGO — Brothers Osborne, Bush, Sawyer Brown and others have been announced as performers at the 2018 Red River Valley Fair. The Red River Valley Fair will take place from Tuesday, July 10 to Sunday, July 15 at the fairgrounds in West Fargo.
WEST FARGO—The West Fargo School Board decided a new superintendent will make a starting salary of $200,000, which includes about $20,000 in retirement benefits. Business manager Mark Lemer said the final salary is negotiable, depending on the experience and qualifications of the final candidate. Flowers, who has been superintendent since 2010, currently earns about $206,000 and about $28,000 in retirement. The board entered into an executive session after its meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, to discuss the superintendent salary that will be offered to candidates.
WEST FARGO — Rep. Kim Koppelman announced Monday, Jan. 8, that he will seek re-election to the North Dakota House of Representatives. Koppelman, a Republican who represents District 13, was first elected to the House in 1994. District 13 includes the city of West Fargo. "Proven leadership is important to continue moving our state in the right direction and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to be part of good government in the North Dakota Legislature," Koppelman said in a news release.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo School Board officials hope to decide on a new superintendent by mid-March. Human Resources Director Robin Hill said she would like to have the job posted on relevant websites by Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the latest with applications due by Feb. 18. "I would like to open up applications as early as possible, by next week," Hill said at a committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 3. "The way we communicate today online and the speed we interchange information, things move fast."
WEST FARGO—A second hotel has opened at the West Fargo Conference Center Complex. A $14.5 million Homewood Suites at 805 Beaton Drive is adjacent to DoubleTree by Hilton West Fargo that opened in 2015. The hotel was developed and is owned by West Fargo Hospitality, LLC, and managed by Sioux Falls, SD-based KAJ Hospitality.