Archive - Apr 2012
Colorectal (colon) cancer is the third most common cancer among adults in the United States.
It is also the second leading cause of cancer related death. If current trends continue, one in twenty Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime!
So how does this affect us in Valley City? According to the North Dakota Cancer Coalition, the rate of colon cancer statewide is 58.5 per 100,000 people. In Barnes County, the rate of colon cancer is 78.6 per 100,000 people. This rate is higher than that of both the state and the nation!
Emergency repairs were approved by the city commission Monday night for a portion of the riverbank along the 200 block of West Main Street that had fallen into the river sometime during the winter. A sizable portion of dirt and vegetation west of the retaining wall along Main eroded away, sparking concern about the structural stability of the road, sidewalk and a nearby billboard.
After requesting that the Department of Transportation and city engineers Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson examine the cave-in, it was found that no immediate danger to the road or billboard.
Does design affect diet?
The Valley City Public Schools, under the direction of food service director Sue Milender, will be conducting an experiment this week to track food sales following a visit from behavioral economist Dr. David Just.
Just was taken on a tour of the schools Friday morning with Milender after speaking at the Hi-Liner Activity Center on Thursday.
Organizers of this yearâ€™s Valley City/Barnes County CROP Hunger Walk hope this yearâ€™s event will be a success and include the traditional walk, said the Rev. Emmy Isaackson of Our Saviors Lutheran Church Monday.
Last yearâ€™s walk raised $5,455, but Isaackson said no walk took place in 2011 due to flooding worries in Valley City and around Barnes County.
Isaackson is also a member of the local CROP Walk planning team this year. Many Valley City churches and their congregations are participating in this yearâ€™s event, scheduled for Sunday, April 29.
Over the past few years, Dakota College at Bottineau has been busy collaborating with Valley City State University (VCSU) to deliver several associate degree programs on the VCSU campus, such as: Medical Assistant, Caregiver Services (child and adult), Paraeducation, and Nursing. Students in these programs can enjoy the conveniences of staying close to home, while completing their degrees through Dakota College.
With their backs against the wall and reeling in an eight game losing streak, the Valley City State University Vikings busted out of their offensive slump and picked up a sweep of visiting Jamestown College.
In game one, Viking pitcher Katie McBride limited the Jimmie offense to just three hits and gave up one earned run to pick up the win.
Timely hitting and big play defense kept the Vikings in the game. After an unearned run in the top of the second gave the Jimmies a 1-0 lead, the Vikings plated two in the home half of the third.
A solo home run for the Jimmies tied it at 2-2.
Valley City High School senior Paul Viland only has a certain amount of focus on the state track and field meet this early in the season.
Heâ€™ll likely make the cut sooner or later.
Instead, the pole vaulter has a number on his mind â€” 13 feet, 4 inches.
â€śThat will break the school record by an inch,â€ť he said.
Itâ€™s the ultimate goal for the senior, who picked up pole vaulting in middle school and is continually breaking his personal best in the event.
Kris Kitko, a singer, songwriter, humorist, activist, educator, storyteller, activist, and more, entertained an audience at the Vangstad Auditorium at Valley City State University.
â€śA troubadour for troubled timesâ€ť as she bills herself, Kitko hit on topics that ranged from womenâ€™s issues to politics with a comedic yet poignant flair.
â€śI spent about three and a half years here,â€ť Kitko said prior to the concert, in which she played a love song dedicated to Valley City as her opening number.
â€śI had to do that just so you know weâ€™re all friends here,â€ť she told the crowd.
Spring is the perfect time for cleaning and re-organizing your home, and even holding a garage sale to get rid of excess clutter. But what if, in your spring cleaning adventures, you find yourself with more trash than treasure?
The City of Valley City has you covered.
As part of Spring Cleanup Week 2012, running today through Friday, the cityâ€™s sanitation department will accept large volumes of household and some yard waste for no extra pickup fee.
April is the Month of the Military Child, and programs were held at Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools Friday afternoon to recognize students and several faculty members who have parents, siblings, aunts uncles or cousins serving in the military.
Major Anna Wittrock of the local Army National Guard Unit, second from right, presents Jake Tangen with a â€śTrue Patriot Awardâ€ť certificate for having a family member who is currently serving in the military. Jakeâ€™s brother is currently deployed in Afghanistan, and will be overseas until October.