Archive - May 2012
Family and friends described the late Jodi Kvien Opatz in numerous ways-- caring compassionate and protective. âShe would do anything for me,â said her son Jaustin, 10.
Opatz passed away Friday, only two days before she was to celebrate Motherâs Day with Jaustin, his brother Jaiden, 15, and sister Jara, 13.
On a Facebook page created in memory of Opatz, her eldest son Jaiden wished her a happy Motherâs Day on Sunday. Others shared their memories, one recalling her beautiful smile.
VALLEY CITY (NewsDakota.com) Authorities say a Valley City woman died today after she went into the Sheyenne River. The womanâs body was recovered in the river by Barnes County and Valley City Fire and Rescue Squad members Friday morning around 8:30.
Fire Chief Gary Retterath says members from the Valley City public works department working on lift station number one saw a woman in the river about 8:20 Friday morning.
National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Rogers in Grand Forks said Thursday after a week of wildly ranging weather, the weekend is looking like it will shape up nicely.
âLooks like a good weekend overall,â said Rogers. âPrecipitation-wise weâre going to be dry all weekend, region-wide, not just in the Valley City area.â
Bruce Maynard from Bellingham, Wash., says he is used to a âpretty good living.â
âI like five-star restaurants; I like cruises around the world; I like a beautiful home and my gorgeous ocean-going yacht, all those kinds of things, not to mention my gorgeous wife,â he said as he walked across Eckelson Lake on County Road 22. âSo in the last 24 months, I have lost everything.â
The Valley City Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose primary purpose is bringing visitors to the area, had a lot to celebrate Thursday. As part of National Tourism Week, the CVB celebrated new additions to Valley City.
âTourism has been on the rise in Valley City as evidenced by increased accommodation tax collections and a rise in the food and beverage tax amount.Â These are two funds that help quantify the number of visitors in the area.Â Visitors signing in at the Rosebud Visitor Center has averaged over 2,000 a year,â said Mary Lee Nielson, marketing director of CVB.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) â The Minnesota Vikings moved to within a governor's signature of getting a new $975 million stadium on Thursday after the state Senate approved a plan that relies heavily on public financing.
Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign the measure, meaning the Senate's 36-30 vote was effectively the final barrier for the stadium. The House passed it overnight.
Photo by Kirk Olson/Special to the Times-Record
Karina Olson, Olivia Olson, Michaela Thibert, and Jocey Kriewald were among those representing Valley City Sunday at the Team NoDak youth track meet in Fargo. The four won the 4x100 meter relay race with a time of 1:03.45. The team members also had success individually. In the Bantam division, Olivia Olson took fifth place in the 100 meter dash and seventh in the 400. Kriewald, also racing with the Bantams, took seventh in the 100 and fifth in the 400. In the midget division, Kriewald took seventh place in the 400 and 10th in the 200.
Thursday sports schedule:
VCHS track @ Central Cass Invitational
3:30 p.m. in Casselton
VCHS softball vs. Fargo North
4:30 p.m. (V)/ 6 p.m. (JV) at VCSU
VCHS girls tennis @ Fargo South
4:30 p.m. in Fargo
VCJH baseball vs. Fargo Davies
5 p.m. at Charlie Brown Field
Enderlin/Maple Valley softball
vs. Central Cass
4:30 p.m. in Enderlin
Bevan awarded Gold Glove
Hayley Bevan, a junior on the Valley City State University softball team, was named a Dakota Athletic Conference Gold Glove recipient for the 2012 season.
ELMHURST, Ill.--North Dakota State freshman pitcher Krista Menke earned dual honors as The Summit League Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, while Southern Utah junior outfielder Mikkel Griffin was named Summit League Player of the Year as the league announced its annual awards Wednesday.Â Individual awards and all-league teams were selected in a voting of the leagueâs nine head coaches.
Photo by Anthony Cuypers/Special to the Times-Record
Drew Oberlander, a seventh grader at Valley City Junior High School, shot a hole-in-one Wednesday during a junior high tournament at Bjornson Public Golf Course. Oberlander sunk the shot on the courseâs second hole, a par-3, with a 3-wood. He is the 30th golfer to sink an ace since the course opened in 1994. Valley City native Tom Kellogg had a hole-in-one last Thursday on the courseâs fourth hole.