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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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.
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 is still investigating the matter and will soon decide if a female juror in the Aaron Knodel teacher sex case trial committed a crime by not disclosing during jury selection questioning that she had been a victim of sexual assault. “We haven’t finalized that,” Burdick said Friday. “I have a couple more things I want to check into.”
WEST FARGO, N.D.—State health officials could not pinpoint the source of an E. coli outbreak linked to the Red River Valley Fair in July, but they did find that more than 60 people got sick, including a toddler whose mother is now planning a lawsuit. The state Department of Health recently wrapped up its investigation of an E. coli outbreak at the fair. Sixty-four cases of infection were found, but only five were confirmed as E. coli; the rest are considered probable cases.