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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FARGO—A North Dakota businessman recently finalized a $2.3 million donation to the The Village Family Service Center here, the largest in the nonprofit organization's history. The gift from Mike Marcil, a real estate developer and longtime Village advocate, was made in conjunction with his Empowerment Project Foundation and includes 92 acres of prime commercial and residential development land in Arizona. The Village Family Service Center is a human services nonprofit organization based in Fargo.
WEST FARGO — Tonya Vetter, administrative assistant for the West Fargo High School Activities Department, was named the 2017-18 West Fargo Classified Staff Member of the Year during a surprise ceremony Wednesday, March 22, at the school. Vetter has been in an administrative assistant for the department since she came to the district in 2003. A Bemidji, Minn. native, Vetter is also president of the West Fargo Post 7564 Auxiliary. She and her husband, VFW commander Darrel "Shorty" Vetter, have a daughter and two sons.
WEST FARGO — West Fargo School District leaders are considering cuts to staff and programs next year if state lawmakers can't find more education money for the fast-growing district. This comes even as district officials eye the possibility of asking voters as early as this fall to fund a third high school and third middle school to keep up with enrollment growth. If state education funding remains flat, the district anticipates a budget shortfall of $4 million to $6 million next school year, which would prompt the cuts, said Superintendent David Flowers.
WEST FARGO—After taking the West Fargo High School boys basketball team to a fifth-place finish in the state tournament last weekend, Packer head coach Josh Downey has resigned. According to a statement from the school district, Downey submitted his resignation on Thursday, March 16. The district did not comment on the reason for Downey's resignation.
WEST FARGO—A Cheney Middle School science teacher has been named the 2017-18 West Fargo School District professional staff member of the year. Sandra Evenson, who teaches sixth-grade science, was met by family and friends in the school's auditorium in a surprise ceremony for the award on Wednesday, March 15. "She was very surprised," Superintendent David Flowers said. "She's certainly very deserving of this award."
WEST FARGO — Residents here will determine whether the city will install traffic-slowing measures on 19th Avenue West and 10th Street West. The city of West Fargo held two public meetings Tuesday, March 7, to talk about two upcoming projects. The first meeting addressed the planned project on First Avenue East that will replace aging and missing infrastructure from Fourth Street to Ninth Street.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—What started as a traffic stop on Interstate 94 near here on Wednesday, March 1, resulted in the arrest of three St. Paul men for having nearly 600 pounds of high grade marijuana in a truck. According to a criminal complaint filed in Otter Tail County District Court, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper was watching eastbound traffic on I-94 when he noticed a Ford truck with obstructed license plates.
WEST FARGO -- Police have arrested a man they believe robbed a liquor store here mid-afternoon on Sunday, March 5.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Bluebird Gardens, a community supported agriculture company here, will close after nearly 40 years of harvesting fresh produce for area residents. Owner Mark Boen recently posted on the company's website that the 2016 growing season would be the farm's last and the company was shutting down for "multiple reasons."
The City of West Fargo will hold two public information meetings on Tuesday, March 7 about upcoming construction projects at City Hall, 800 Fourth Avenue E. The first meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Officials will provide information regarding a proposed project on First Avenue from Fourth Street to Ninth Street.