West Fargo

West Fargo High School staff member tests positive for COVID-19

WEST FARGO, N.D. – West Fargo Public Schools was informed of a positive COVID-19 case in a staff member at West Fargo High School. Contact tracing has been completed, and all identified close contacts were sent an email notification. The school district says students and staff have been making good efforts to wear masks, and practice physical distancing and hygiene….

Fans Gather for Sunday Football at The Lights in West Fargo

Although fans can't watch the game in person in Minneapolis, they're still enjoying it right here in town

WEST FARGO, N.D. — With no fans allowed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first NFL Sunday of the season was less than ideal for football fans in the area. “Definitely disappointed, but I think with everything going on, there’s also a way to look at the bright side of things and be able to get out into your own…

New West Fargo police chief plans policy review, engaging with community

Chief Denis Otterness has been in his role for nearly three days

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo’s new police chief Denis Otterness says he’s always known police work is his calling. “I was one of those young kids that always dreamt about being a police officer and never really had aspirations to do anything else,” he recalled. After nearly 29 years of experience in law enforcement, Otterness was sworn in as…

Hornbacher’s Donates Almost $100,000 To The Great Plains Food Bank

The donation is part of their Check Out Hunger Campaign.

FARGO, N.D-  Hornbacher’s customers were able to give throughout July at checkout at all nine locations in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead. The company donation breaks last year’s record by more than $23,500 dollars. The money will provide almost 300,000 meals for those in need. “It’s just another testament to the Fargo-Moorhead community. No matter what’s happening. Whether we’re being…

Cleanup Week begins Monday

People can dispose of tires, appliances and other large items for free

FARGO-MOORHEAD — Cleanup Week for cities across the metro begins Monday. Those living in Fargo, West Fargo and Clay County can toss out larger items they no longer need. This year, the pickup schedule will match each household’s recycling collection day. Unwanted items should be set out before 7 a.m. Two appliances and up to four tires and rims will…

Meeting Mika: The West Fargo Arson Dog

WEST FARGO, N.D. – Mika is the newest member of the West Fargo Fire family. “We were looking to see what we could do to benefit the quality of life in our community,” said Chief Dan Fuller of the West Fargo Fire Department. She’s trained to dig and sniff through the rubble and debris and determine if a fire was…

Denis Otterness is sworn in as West Fargo Police Chief

WEST FARGO, N.D. – West Fargo makes it official at its City Commission meeting. Denis Otterness is the city’s new Chief of Police. It’s a homecoming of sorts since he began his law enforcement career as a West Fargo Police Officer. Otterness has 29 years of service in law enforcement including the chief of the Montana State University Billings Police…

West Fargo Becomes 2nd Largest School District in N.D., Moorhead Numbers Also Up

West Fargo schools went back last week but they just now released initial enrollment numbers. The district has 11,728 students in preschool through 12th grades, up more than 200 students. That makes it the second largest school district in North Dakota behind Bismarck, Fargo is now third. Moorhead Area Public Schools is reporting a record enrollment on the first day…

Superintendents ready to face challenges of new school year

Despite all of the challenges the school districts are facing, they feel ready to meet the needs of their students.

FARGO, N.D. – Over the next two weeks, 30,000 students will head back to school in-person for the first time since the pandemic began. The school districts of Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead, have spent the summer carefully preparing for all of the challenges that lie ahead of them, especially COVID-19. “Every generation has had a challenge, and this is…