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Old 11-08-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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If you're of Central European descent, you may find Sioux Falls slightly more hospitable than Fargo. In Fargo, if you're not Norwegian or German, you're "diverse."
Yes, I've been ridiculed for not knowing that "-on" endings on surnames (Olson, Larson) are Norwegian but that "-en" endings are Swedish or Danish. And earlier this school year, when my son's class was asked to raise their hands if they were part Norwegian, my son was one of 3 kids who didn't raise their hands--he's of Dutch ancestry, the second was a child of Vietnamese refugees, and the third was an Kurdish refugee.
Well, you can ridicule them right back. I heard that old trope when I was a kid, and it's wrong. Norwegians typically use "sen" today (and many even did in the 19th century, when it was between "sen" and "søn"), Danes almost all use "sen", and Swedes are almost exclusively "son".
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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Do you guys know how Fargo schools compare to SF schools? I assume they are both good.
I don't think my kid will be teased in school for having Polish background, that's silly anyway I still have to meet nicer people than folks I met on my interview day in SF. This might be the number one reason behind our move from Virginia.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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Do you guys know how Fargo schools compare to SF schools? I assume they are both good.
I don't think my kid will be teased in school for having Polish background, that's silly anyway I still have to meet nicer people than folks I met on my interview day in SF. This might be the number one reason behind our move from Virginia.
I know in general Fargo schools are quite good. There is a new high school that opened up on the far south side Davies HS. That said, if you do come...realize that quite a bit of southwest Fargo west of I-29 and south of I-94 is in West Fargo school district. You can view boundaries online I am sure. West Fargo schools are good too, but with all the growth in the West Fargo school district, there have been many issues regarding the need for bonds to pay for new schools, etc.

North side tends to have the older schools and lower school populations, which the south side has the growth and the higher school populations. West Fargo has more land for building and its growth is the highest in the state in recent years, many with families, so its schools are busting at the seams in terms of kids...esp the south side West Fargo area south of I-94 where most of the growth is.

Dan
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