Archive - Mar 1, 2012
A fire under the engine of a car on 8th Avenue Northwest is believed to be the culprit behind the large plumes of smoke that blanketed the north end of town Thursday evening.
A residential garage was filled with flames, which were quickly knocked down by the Valley City Fire Department, but plumes of acrid smoke billowed from the structure even after the flames had dissipated.
"(The resident) was here, and the garage door was open when the neighbors started to see smoke," said Fire Chief Gary Retterath.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) â€” Gov. Mark Dayton, political leaders and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled a proposal Thursday to build a $975 million stadium for the team in downtown Minneapolis and called for quick action on the plan before the Legislature adjourns this spring.
The plan would put the new building nearly on top of the current Metrodome site. It calls for $398 million from the state, $150 million from the city and $427 million from the Vikings for upfront construction costs.
The Valley City State University Vikings will face the No. 3 ranked College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in the opening round of the NAIA Division II Womenâ€™s Basketball Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Vikings and Lady Bobcats will square off on the second day of opening round action on Thursday, March 8 at 1:45 pm.
College of the Ozarks (29-3) won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) tournament to earn an automatic bid to Sioux City. The Bobcats are making their 18th National Tournament appearance and have a 26-17 overall record in the tournament.
As far as Valley City State University baseball coach Casey Olney is concerned, his team can match up with almost anybody on its schedule.
â€śWe have enough talent to compete with the teams weâ€™re playing against,â€ť Olney said. â€śWe just need to play well.â€ť
The Vikings started their season last weekend with a four-game series at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. The Vikings lost a pair of games to University of Minnesota â€” Crookston and split two with St. Johnâ€™s (Minn.) University.
â€śWe started 1-3 which is disappointing,â€ť Olney said. â€śWe just need to play a little bit better.â€ť
The Valley City High School girls basketball team extended its season Saturday with a 69-65 win over Devils Lake in a play-in for the Eastern Dakota Conference regional basketball tournament.
But Mother Nature had other plans for the tournament, which was originally scheduled to start last night.
Due to incoming storms Tuesday night, the tournamentâ€™s opening round Tuesday was postponed. That included the Hi-Linersâ€™ tournament opening game at West Fargo, which was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in West Fargo.
JAMESTOWN â€” Before each of his teamâ€™s games, Barnes County North girls basketball coach Randy Hooey writes down five goals on a white board.
The goals are what he sees as keys to the game.
But in Mondayâ€™s 58-29 regional qualifying win over Litchville-Marion/Montpelier at the Class B District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center, the priority was getting the game going from the beginning.
â€śNumber one and two today were fast start,â€ť Hooey said. â€śThatâ€™s something we havenâ€™t done so far in this district tournament.â€ť
The Valley City State University softball team lost its final two games at the St. Cloud State University Dome Tournament Sunday in St. Cloud, Minn.
NCAA Division II programs Augustana College and Upper Iowa University beat Valley City State 10-4 and 8-3.
Augusta College hit four home runs en route to a 10-4 victory over Valley City State. Two-run home runs in the bottom of the first and second innings gave the No. 7 ranked team in NCAA Division II to a 4-2 lead they never lost.
The Valley City State University womens basketball team played its way into the championship game at the Association of Independent Institutions conference tournament in Madison, S.D.
The Vikings clinched an NAIA national tournament berth, but fell just short of a conference championship.
In the A.I.I. championship game, a slow start led to a big second half comeback before the No. 4 seeded Vikings ran out of steam in a 52-50 overtime loss to No. 3 seed Cal State San Marco.
FARGO â€” It's always hard to tell how a team will take a loss, especially a large one.
But Maple Valley High School girls basketball coach Jeff Miller didn't notice his team getting too down after Saturday's 75-37 loss to Kindred in the semifinals of the Class B District 2 tournament at the Fargo Civic Center.
"These girls are pretty resilient," he said. "They'll shrug it off. They've already shrugged it off."
Wednesday was a snow day for many in the region, as 3 to 8 inches of snow fell from a storm that stretched to the southern Great Plains.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks reported just under 4 inches fell north of Valley City at the Bald Hill Dam beginning late Tuesday evening. That accumulation added to the 6.6 inches that had already fallen over the weekend.
â€śEverything is pretty much winding down; there might be some flurries but thatâ€™s about it,â€ť said NWS meteorologist Brad Hopkins on Wednesday afternoon.