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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AMENIA, N.D. — Farmer Bill Hejl and his neighbors cultivate thousands of acres of crops, from sugar beets to sunflowers, that help feed people across the country. Yet some of those people, including about 54,000 North Dakotans, can't afford a meal. It's through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, that they are able to eat. Of the North Dakotans who use SNAP, three out of four are children, elderly or disabled. "In America, there is no excuse for the elderly, children and disabled not having food," Hejl said.
FARGO—In September 2007, Beth Bouley stood at the World War II Memorial in Washington as part of the WDAY Honor Flight with her father, U.S. Navy veteran Richard Quesnell, when a young girl and her mother approached them. "I want my daughter to meet a hero," the mother said. As the young girl chatted with Quesnell, who served in the South Pacific during the war, Bouley didn't even try to fight the tears of pride welling up for her father and all veterans.
WASHINGTON— A solemn silence that fell over the roughly 30,000 people on the U.S. Capitol lawn Monday, May 15, was broken only by the sound of bagpipe music as survivors of fallen peace officers began to walk toward the 36th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service. Among the hundreds of survivors was Rachel Moszer, the widow of Fargo police Officer Jason Moszer.
WASHINGTON --- When World War II Army veteran Merle Grossman boarded the Honor Flight plane out of Fargo on Sunday, May 14, he wondered why none of his other children were there to see him off like the families of the other 90 veterans heading to Washington D.C. But the Pelican Rapids, Minn., native quietly took his seat with daughter Evie Beste by his side and started chatting with his high school classmate, Wayne Plummer, a World War II Air Force veteran who was also on this year's WDAY Honor Flight.
WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 people from the Fargo-Moorhead area, including 39 Fargo police staff, will travel to Washington this weekend for an annual national ceremony honoring officers who died in the line of duty, a solemn list that this year will include Fargo Office Jason Moszer. "We're going out there to honor Jason as well as all the others that lost their lives last year," Fargo Deputy Chief Todd Osmundson said. "We will never forget."
WEST FARGO—The West Fargo special education teacher who was under investigation for inappropriate Twitter posts she made about her job and students has resigned. The school announced Wednesday, April 12, that Sheridan Tihista, a special education teacher at Liberty Middle School, had resigned.
FARGO—Officials gambled that fans and bettors would return for live horse racing at the North Dakota Horse Park here after a year hiatus and it looks to have paid off. Wagering dollars and attendance at the six-day meet in July narrowly fell shy of the record-setting 2014 meet, the last time horse racing was held at the park, General Manager Mike Schmitz said Friday, Aug. 5.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Horse Racing Commission has approved funding for racing to return to Fargo on July 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 30 and 31. The...
FARGO—Some in law enforcement are dubious about the effectiveness of outlawing driving at a lower level of intoxication, as federal safety officials have suggested. Lowering the legal threshold for drunken driving to a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent from a BAC of 0.08 percent is one of the 2016 priorities for the National Transportation Safety Board, an initiative aimed at changing the culture of drinking and subsequently cutting down on fatal and serious crashes. The NTSB has urged states to drop to a 0.05 percent BAC standard since 2013.
FARGO—A juror whose actions disrupted the area’s highest-profile trial last spring could still be charged with a crime, Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick said late last week. His office...