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—Wednesday's announcement that West Fargo Public Schools Superintendent David Flowers will retire next year creates the rare—maybe unprecedented—situation of all three large metro-area public school districts searching for new leaders at the same time.
WEST FARGO — A West Fargo Sheyenne High School teacher who resigned amid allegations of partying with students will not face criminal charges after a July incident at her home where she was reportedly found drunk with four minors, including one cited for having a blood-alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit to drive.
FARGO—Convicted murderer Ashley Hunter will hear his punishment this week for killing Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut in June 2015. Hunter was convicted June 2 of two counts murder and one count of arson after a two-week trial in Cass County District Court. The murder charges, Class AA felonies, are each punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Class B arson felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
WEST FARGO — As the U.S. Postal Service's auxiliary facility here marked one year since its opening, officials said the 84,000 square foot facility with mostly automated machinery has improved the region's mail service without costing jobs. The West Fargo facility opened in 2016 as an expansion of the downtown Fargo post office and has since sorted and mailed flat mail and parcels for more than 150 post offices with ZIP codes starting with 565, 580, 581 and 584 in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
WEST FARGO—Efforts to seek voter approval to build a third high school and third middle school in this fast-growing school district are on the back burner for now, school officials said on Monday, June 26.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—A man who called Family Dollar store here, claiming he was in the parking lot holding a woman hostage on Sunday, June 25, was many states away when he made the call, according to Valley City Police. A man called the Valley City store and demanded credit card numbers, claiming he would hurt the woman if he didn't receive the card information, police said. Valley City Police and Barnes County Sheriff's officers arrived at the store but could not find anyone in the cars outside the store that matched the description of what had been reported.
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.