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Karen Huber

Karen Huber is the editor of The Pioneer. She lives in West Fargo with her husband, Al.

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City approves increase for garbage fees

West Fargo City Commissioners approved second and final reading of a utility rate increase Monday night for garbage collection that will go into effect Dec. 1, 2012 but be noted on the billing residents and businesses receive on Jan. 1.

Costco making West Fargo debut

The first Costco store in the Dakotas will be opening to customers Tuesday, Oct. 23 at their highly visible and convenient West Fargo location in the southwest quadrant of Interstate 94 and Veterans Boulevard at 750 23rd Ave. E.


“Having Two Ways Out” focus of Fire Prevention Week


Garbage rates to see increase

West Fargo residents will be seeing an increase in garbage collection rates effective Dec. 1, 2012.

Wentz sworn in as new city commissioner

Mark Wentz is West Fargo’s newest city commissioner officially sworn in Monday night, after receiving unanimous approval through a vote of the board. He will oversee the sanitation department portfolio serving until June of 2014 the term vacated by Lou Bennett, who officially stepped down in June because he moved out of the area to be closer to family.


Brewers Ball benefits Cystic Fibrosis

The first year was such a huge success that organizers are back and happy to be promoting their 2nd Annual Brewer’s Ball to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Friday, Oct. 5 from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo.


Public works growing: Two new buildings on the horizon

West Fargo City Commissioners voiced unanimous approval Monday night for two new buildings for the public works department – an equipment storage facility located at the public works headquarters, at 810 12th Ave. NW, and another to be used for offices and break and locker rooms at the sanitation department offices at 117 8th St. W.

West Fargo City Commission list down to three candidates

West Fargo City Commissioners have narrowed the candidate pool for the seat left open by the retirement of Lou Bennett to three individuals – Duane Breitling, retired attorney at Ohnstad Twichell Law Firm; Mark Wentz, president and general manager of Red River Electric Inc., Moorhead, and Brad Olson, agricultural program specialist for USDA Farm Service Agency, N.D. state office.

Eating Well: Versatile zucchini great baking, grilling ingredient

Contrary to what most people believe, zucchinis are great when it comes to versatility in cooking, perfect for a variety of sweet dishes as well as vegetable sides using the stovetop, oven or grill.


Conference center plans proceeding after citizens express concern

West Fargo Planning and Zoning Commissioners met Monday night to a packed house of residents of The Villas and Evergreen Estates voicing their concerns about a proposed hotel and conference center directly across from them and Cheney Middle School on Beaton Drive southwest ofthe corner of Ninth Street East and 19th Avenue in Charleswood 29th Addition.

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Eating Well: Comfort foods take a bite out of stress

Comfort food is defined as food that is simply prepared and gives a sense of well being - typically food with a high sugar or carbohydrate content that is associated with childhood or with home cooking.


Fall is apparent everywhere

Fall has definitely been in the air the last few days.

Finding a way to help fill needs

Like a beacon in a storm —enough cannot be said about the good the local Salvation Army accomplishes.

Community will be humming: Three great events headline week

West Fargo is going to be hopping next week inundated by a full slate of activities that will provide fun and entertainment for all age and interest levels.

Relax, enjoy safe Labor Day weekend

It’s unbelievable that summer is quickly falling by the wayside with the Labor Day holiday signaling one last extended weekend to savor with family and friends before the onset of fall and a more rigorous school-related schedule of activities for many.

Eating Well: Apple concoction simple but pleasantly tasteful

I am a huge fan of “The Pioneer Woman” a show that airs weekly on the Food Network featuring Ree Drummond who gave up her city life for a new one as a wife and mom on the Drummond Ranch, a huge Oklahoma spread.


Proceed with extra caution around city school zones

This topic has been beaten into the ground lately but never can enough be said about the safety factor when it comes to the first day of school tomorrow (and for that matter, every day after.)

Horace celebrating annual Bean Days

With everything else shaping up this weekend, let’s not forget the annual Horace Bean Days community celebration being promoted by our neighbors to the south.

Eating Well: Ripe garden tomatoes go into tasty salsa

Garden tomatoes will be ripe and plentiful the next week or two resulting in way too many to simply eat. On that note, I’ve had a few individuals inquire about my salsa recipes, which I have previewed in the past, but will be featuring again today as a follow through to the requests.


Moving into retirement mode Bennett served community well

The West Fargo City Commission is losing a good one with the announcement by longtime Commissioner Lou Bennett Monday night that he is relinquishing his position because he will no longer be making his home in the community.