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 — The West Fargo School Board violated open meeting laws by not taking a public vote after an executive session held to determine the future superintendent's salary, according to a ruling by the North Dakota Attorney General's office. The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer sought the Attorney General's opinion after the School Board met in an executive session as part of a special meeting on Jan. 8.
WEST FARGO—The C-SPAN bus will be making a stop at Sheyenne High School here on Thursday, May 17. The C-SPAN Bus is a 45-foot customized bus that has high-tech interactive C-SPAN resources such as 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and political and educational resources; a smart TV and classroom area; a high-definition TV production studio; a 360-degree video station; and a D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their bus experience on social media. Students and teachers at Sheyenne are invited on the bus from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
WEST FARGO—Plans to remodel Fargo's Agassiz School into a facility for students with severe behavioral needs by fall may be slowing down. Despite pleas from parents and Agassiz staff to delay the project at the May 8 meeting, the Fargo School Board in a 5-4 vote OK'd allocating about $4.3 million to remodel Agassiz School to accommodate what will be called a "Level D Setting" facility for kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The West Fargo School District voted last month to contribute $250,000 for four years to help with the cost of remodeling.
Lester Hazer, 105, danced through life. On Sunday, May 6, Hazer danced on his way to death. From his bed, he moved his arms and legs along to the polka music his family turned on. A short time later, he closed his eyes to sleep for the last time. Hazer, who founded Hazer's Auto & Truck Parts in West Fargo, was known to never give up on what he wanted. Although he passed the business on to his son, Duane, and grandson, Daniel, Hazer continued to work at the shop past age 100. "Even up to the end, his mind was very, very clear," said his son, Duane Hazer.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo Schools will likely ask voters for another bond referendum during a special election, but how much money the district would need and the specific projects that would be built are yet to be determined. Voter fatigue, property tax increases and equality across the district are concerns for the West Fargo School Board if it moves forward with a bond referendum in 2018.
WEST FARGO—The Fargo and West Fargo public school districts plan to join forces to create a small unified school specially designed to help kindergarten and elementary-age students with severe behavioral problems. If the plan comes together for next fall, it will be the first such school in North Dakota. School districts around the country are seeing an increase in student behavioral problems that often disrupt classrooms and sometimes lead to staff injuries.
WEST FARGO — Voters here could soon be asked to approve a roughly $100 million building bond to ease overcrowding.
HARWOOD, N.D.—Crews aim to begin work near here this spring on the first Department of Veterans Affairs national cemetery in North Dakota.
ROTHSAY, Minn.—A Wisconsin man was injured after his SUV spun out on Interstate 94, was hit by a semi and started on fire. According to the Minnesota State Patrol: The accident occured just west of Rothsay about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. James Albert Anagnost, 46, of De Pere, Wis., was heading west in a Chevrolet Trailblazer when he lost control of the vehicle and spun out into the cable barrier between the two interstate lanes. The trailblazer was then hit by a Volvo semi driven by Sanjar Rasulov, 31, from Brooklyn, N.Y.
ALEXANDER, N.D.—Authorities have identified the 89-year-old man from rural North Dakota who died after he was pinned between a fence post and a trailer near here on Friday, March 30. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Arne Skedsvold was pinned between a fence post and a cattle trailer around 10 a.m. The driver of the 7510 John Deere tractor and trailer, Jacob Heen, 33, was backing up to load cattle in a pasture in rural McKenzie county, about 20 miles southwest of Alexander when the accident occured.