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—"I look younger," were the first words of a smiling Mayor Rich Mattern after shaving of his trademark mustache on Friday, Oct. 28. "Huh. So, this is what I really look like," he said. Mattern, who successfully battled prostate cancer in 2015, challenged the community to help raise $2,500 by for the American Cancer Society. If enough money was raised, Mattern agreed to lose his bushy bristles that he first grew to "look older" about 35 years ago when he was starting out in a television journalism career.
WEST FARGO—Six West Fargo Sheyenne High School girls volleyball players have walked off the team due to complaints about the team's coaching staff. Those who quit were three varsity and three junior varsity players, including Kalli Hegerle, a junior outside hitter and setter who has already committed to North Dakota State University, according to a player's parent. A parent filed a complaint in July against Mustangs head coach Leah Newton, alleging that she and some members of the coaching staff bullied some players.
WEST FARGO—A crew from Horsley Specialities arrived at Bonanzaville Monday morning to start work on cleaning up the steeple of the more than century old South Pleasant Church. Raul Turrubiates Jr. and his workers climbed the stairs to the steeple tower and started. Then they heard someone walking on the wooden main floor below. With access to the church is limited to a makeshift entrance constructed from scaffolds and two shaky step ladders, Turrubiates called down to see who else climbed into the church. He got no response.
MOORHEAD—Construction of a $52 million Clay County Jail and law enforcement center will move forward even if voters reject a half-cent sales tax on the Nov. 8 ballot. It depends on if they want to pay for it through a sales tax or through a property tax increase, county leaders say. Leaders say the project will move forward no matter what because the state has mandated that Clay County upgrade what is the oldest jail in Minnesota.
When shopping for clothes, Rhonda Asleson, a busy mother and stepmom to six, would have to navigate around many rows and aisles of small sizes only to find frumpy styles and boring pieces. The dressing-room drabs often caused her to leave the mainstream stores in frustrated tears. The former Cass County eligibility worker had often dreamt of a day she would return to her pre-pregnancy sizes, but after she lost her mother, father and father-in-law within months, she decided her size no longer needed to be a priority. Instead, her mission became creating a place that others might one day call their own shopping sanctuary.
FARGO—Candidates hoping to represent northeast Fargo's District 44 in the state Legislature discussed taxes, budgets and social issues at a candidate forum Tuesday, Oct. 18. At the forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley, Republican Sen. Tim Flakoll was joined on the panel by his Democrat challenger, Merrill Piepkorn.
FARGO—Cass County Commission candidates spent much of their time in an open candidate forum explaining how they would support and pay for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion and their stances on social issues facing the county. At the forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 18, Marty Johnson, who is vying for the District 5 seat joined incumbent Mary Scherling along with Vern Bennett and Jim Kapitan who are seeking the District 3 seat. All but Johnson were very clear that they supported the F-M diversion.
WEST FARGO—Nanci Dauwen, a math teacher at Sheyenne High School here has been named the 2017 North Dakota Teacher of the Year. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and his wife, Betsy, along with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler were at Sheyenne High School on Thursday, Sept. 29, to honor Dauwen and the three other state finalists — Valley City High School instrumental music director Tom Kjelland; Jennifer Kujanson, a second-grade teacher at Ed Clapp Elementary School in Fargo; and Kristi Mahrer, an English teacher at Wahpeton High School.
WEST FARGO — When this year's West Fest parade starts on Saturday, Sept. 17, there may not be a lot of North Dakota State University football fans lining the streets to see West Fargo's pinnacle event, but that doesn't mean crowds won't turn out in force to celebrate West Fest's silver year. The popular West Fest kicked off Thursday night with the last cruise night of the summer, and it concludes with the 77th annual Firefighters Ball at the Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday evening, a BYOB event that features Slamabama as entertainment.
WEST FARGO—The School Board took heat at its budget hearing Monday from residents who are still feeling the effect of the city of West Fargo's double-digit property valuations earlier this year. Nearly 30 residents attended the school district's budget hearing Monday. Most of those who spoke had seen substantial increases in their property values, which in turn can send property taxes on the rise as well.