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Published March 05 2012

Mattern: 'Another great year' for West Fargo

WEST FARGO – Mayor Rich Mattern used his annual “State of the City” address Monday night to celebrate West Fargo’s recent success and highlight its potential for future expansion.

The 2010 census results, which were released last March, are an excellent indicator of where the city is going, Mattern said.

According to the census, West Fargo is now the fifth-largest city in North Dakota, growing at a rate of 73 percent since the 2000 census.

Several business construction projects are at the heart of that growth, Mattern said. In September, Cargill announced a $50 million plan to rebuild and expand its oilseed processing plant in the city, which is expected to create 250 jobs.

Caterpillar Remanufacturing also recently began a $50 million expansion project to its facility, he added.

In addition, the city is looking forward to construction starting on the new Costco store, which Mattern called “exciting.”

“It’s our first big retailer along Veterans Boulevard,” he said. “I think that will be a good indicator of what is to come.”

As the city has grown, so too have the park and school districts, he added.

The park district is opening a splash park in the summer and will construct new activity centers and outdoor ice hockey rinks in 2012.

The school district, meanwhile, surpassed 7,000 students in 2011, and the new Freedom Elementary School is under construction and will open in the fall.

Given the city’s recent growth and many ongoing projects, Mattern called 2011 “another great year for the city,” and added that 2012 promises to be even better.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535