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.
WEST FARGO—The city here has opened an investigation and is preparing an administrative report on embattled Police Chief Mike Reitan's performance. Reitan was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month after some members of the Police Department complained that he created a hostile work environment. City spokeswoman Melissa Richard said city officials are conducting an investigation and will prepare a report when it is finished. A timeline for the finished report has not been released.
WEST FARGO—It's been 18 months since 6-month-old Owen Skodje died after he was found unresponsive at an unlicensed day care here, but while the investigation into his death has grown dormant, police say the only open potential homicide case in the city is not yet considered cold. "It's frustrating, but that is where we are at," said West Fargo Detective Tim Runcorn. "Officially, it's not a cold case. It's just not doing a whole lot right now." Runcorn said he plans to conduct additional interviews in early 2017.
WEST FARGO—Nanci Dauwen, a math teacher at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo has been named the 2017 North Dakota Teacher of the Year. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and his wife, Betsy, along with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler were at Sheyenne High School on Thursday, Sept. 29, to honor Dauwen and the three other state finalists — Valley City High School instrumental music director Tom Kjelland; Jennifer Kujanson, a second-grade teacher at Ed Clapp Elementary School in Fargo; and Kristi Mahrer, an English teacher at Wahpeton High School.
FARGO—In a "very rare" move, national officials have suspended for four months a Fargo coach who has a long history of causing controversy in the world of area youth soccer. US Club Soccer, a national youth soccer governing body, decided last week to suspend Matt Noah, president of the Fargo Soccer Club and a North Dakota State University scientist, from all coaching until Jan. 1, 2017.