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—A recent work climate survey of police department employees here found while most feel new Chief Heith Janke is moving the department in the right direction, many feel the culture has a long way to go before morale is high. When Janke was hired in July to replace embattled police chief Mike Reitan, he said he would take at least 90 days to fully review his department before making any organizational changes.
BISMARCK — Live horse racing will return to the North Dakota Horse Park for three weekends in July after the state Racing Commission granted the Fargo track seven race days at a meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Bismarck. The North Dakota Horse Park plans to hold races July 14 and 15, July 20, 21 and 22, and July 27 and 28. The horse park's general manager, Mike Schmitz, said he asked for seven days to have the flexibility to add one Friday night of racing, likely on the second weekend.
WEST FARGO— A proposal to change West Fargo School District boundaries for 2018 failed Monday, Nov. 13, after some School Board members said they needed more time to consider changes that will shift 963 students next fall. The board had its first look at a map of the proposed boundary changes shortly before the meeting, and reviewed a petition signed by residents of West Fargo's Shadowood Neighborhood asking the board to reconsider moving their children from Freedom Elementary to Independence.
FARGO — The North Dakota Horse Park plans to have one less day of racing in 2018 than it did in 2017. The Fargo track will ask for seven race days in 2018 at the state Racing Commission meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Bismarck. Fargo has requested to run races July 14 and 15, July 20 and 21, and July 26, 27 and 28. In 2017, the North Dakota Horse Park had eight days of racing. Races were held on Saturday and Sunday over three weekends, with two weekends of Friday night racing. The Fargo track had not had Friday night racing since 2014.
WEST FARGO—Nearly 1,000 students in the West Fargo School District could be going to a new elementary school next fall. A task force made up of principals and parent representatives from each elementary school in West Fargo are finalizing a plan to recommend new school boundaries for next school year. That task force is expected to bring its new boundary recommendations to the School Board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Leidal Education Center, 207 Main Avenue West.
WEST FARGO — The new home for all West Fargo high school hockey programs is open for play. West Fargo Sports Arena, the $20 million two-sheet ice arena built by West Fargo School District taxpayers, opened to youth hockey last weekend. The 70,000-square-foot facility also boasts a community room and 11 locker rooms, three of which are dedicated to West Fargo high school teams: Packers boys hockey; Mustangs boys hockey and West Fargo United, the combined girls hockey team of both high schools.
WEST FARGO – A woman faces several charges after being arrested in a car-ramming incident that started just before rush hour Tuesday, Nov. 7, according to West Fargo police. April Bergman, 41, was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and driving under suspension, police said.
WEST FARGO — More than 867,000 gallons of water began flowing into the Hulbert Aquatic Center this week as one of the last steps toward completion of the West Fargo School District's $18.5 million center. The water is being pumped in from two city hydrants near the aquatic center and L.E. Berger School at 620 7th St. E. One started to pump Thursday, Oct. 26, and a second was expected to begin pumping water by the afternoon, said Lisa Vedder, facility operations manager.
WEST FARGO—"Whoa," was the only word West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern uttered when he turned to see his entire head of hair turned fiery fuschia at Men's Hair Co. on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Mattern had already installed three streaks of pink in his hair after challenging the community to donate to the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign for cancer, promising to place a pink streak in his hair for every $1,000 raised and to fully color his hair if he reached $5,000. Donors contributed more than $3,500 by Oct. 18, and by Oct. 25, Mattern reached $5,145.
WEST FARGO — Wanzek Construction signed a contract with Xcel Energy on Tuesday, Oct. 24, to begin building one of North Dakota's largest wind farms in Dickey County. Rob Lee, Wanzek's vice president of construction, said the project to construct 75 wind turbines in southeastern North Dakota will start in 2018 and erection of the turbines will begin in 2019. Wanzek, based in West Fargo, plans to employ 150 to 200 people with the project, about 20 percent of which will be from the Dickey County area, Lee said.