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—Toxic. Hostile. Favoritism. Unpredictable. Scary. Low morale. Those are terms found in numerous internal police complaints about West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan and his leadership released by city officials Tuesday night in response to an open records request filed by The Forum late last week. The documents in Reitan's personnel file may shed light on why West Fargo City Administrator Tina Fisk placed the police chief on paid administrative leave Friday, Jan. 13. The city has offered Reitan a three-month severance package if he leaves the post.
ROUND LAKE TOWNSHIP, MINN.—A 12-year-old Fargo boy was injured in a snowmobile accident here on Saturday, Jan. 14. According to a release from the Becker County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened around 2:18 p.m. The boy was driving a snowmobile near Ice Cracking Lake when his snowmobile left the trail and hit a tree. The boy's father was with him at the time of the accident, driving a separate snowmobile.
WEST FARGO -- West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan was placed on paid administrative leave Friday, though it’s unclear why. West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern confirmed late Friday afternoon that the decision was made by city officials. The move came after city commissioners met with the city attorney and city administrator for more than an hour in a closed-door meeting regarding an “employment matter” Friday, Jan. 13. Notice of the meeting was sent to media outlets shortly before it was set to start. Commissioners adjourned the public portion of the meeting without publicly voting on anything. They are barred under state law from voting in a private executive session.
West Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - Major growth will force more than 200 West Fargo students to change schools next year. Monday night, the school board approved boundary changes for fall of 2017. To help accommodate the growth south of I-94, the district is opening a new elementary school here in the Brooks Harbor neighborhood. With that school the boundaries will change, and then those changes will likely change again. West Fargo is no stranger to growth, and growing pains.
WEST FARGO — About 3,000 property owners could see a special assessment on upcoming tax bills when the project to redo the Ninth Street and 13th Avenue intersection gets underway this summer. The project will install double left-turn lanes at all four points of the intersection and one right- turn lane on 13th Avenue on the east and west ends. Ninth Street will also be widened to four lanes up to Meyer Boulevard, which is just south of 10th Avenue. The road will be three lanes from there to Seventh Avenue, or by the high school.
WEST FARGO — When fitness fan Jodi Roper of Fargo took a cycling class at a Cyclebar while visiting Los Angeles, she knew the unique fitness boutique would be a fun addition to the metro landscape. She and partner Dave Jones will open the first Cyclebar in North Dakota at 3163 Bluestem Drive in West Fargo on Jan. 16. "We were just blown away by it and we wanted to bring something back to this area like it," Roper said.
WEST FARGO—It's been 18 months since 6-month-old Owen Skodje died after he was found unresponsive at an unlicensed day care here, but while the investigation into his death has grown dormant, police say the only open potential homicide case in the city is not yet considered cold. "It's frustrating, but that is where we are at," said West Fargo Detective Tim Runcorn. "Officially, it's not a cold case. It's just not doing a whole lot right now." Runcorn said he plans to conduct additional interviews in early 2017.
WEST FARGO—One of the city's only two north-south thoroughfares will be under construction next summer when West Fargo plans to redo the intersection of 13th Avenue South and Ninth Street. The intersection is one of the city's busiest, with about 20,000 vehicles going through it each day, and it is one of the most dangerous. There have been about 55 accidents there in the past three years, said Dustin Scott, senior engineer with Moore Engineering, the city's engineering firm at a public meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13.
WEST FARGO—The YWCA Cass Clay and West Fargo's Lutheran Church of the Cross, which share a mission of fostering a future for the less fortunate, are jointly building a housing complex on church-owned land for women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse. In early 2016, the Rev. Joel Baranko, lead pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross, was looking at uses for church-owned land behind the Furniture Mart complex, just south of the church at 1402 16th St. E.
WEST FARGO—Sheyenne High School Principal Greg Grooters has died. Grooters died Monday morning, Nov. 14, according to the West Fargo School District. "It's a tough day at Sheyenne," said district spokeswoman Heather Konschak. "Principal Grooters is Sheyenne. He's been there since the beginning and he's going to leave a void, a legacy. I don't think anyone ever doubted it was his life purpose to be an educator. We were just the lucky district to have his time, his passion and dedication for so many years."