January 15th, 2013
Rita Mae Grant is pretty excited about the upcoming 2013 Special Olympics Winter Games which will be held in Valley City on Friday and Saturday.
After all, sheâ€™s been competing for 41 years and even competed in the Special Olympic World Games in Nagano, Japan in 2001. She knows exactly what kind of excitement is coming for her and her snowshoeing teammates.
Barnes County Tournament bracket
The Barnes County Girls Basketball Tournament starts Tuesday afternoon at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on the Valley City State University Campus. Valley City High School, which took 2nd place last year, is the top seed in the tournament and will play No. 8 Barnes County North in the tournament opener at 3 p.m. Maple Valley is the No. 2 seed in the tournament, and LaMoure/Litchville-Marion is No. 4.
The Times-Record will provide scoring updates online throughout the tournament at Facebook.com/VCTimesRecord and Twitter.com/VCTimesRecord.
Because of low participation numbers, the Valley City High School boys basketball program will not field a junior varsity team for the 2013-2014 school year, Dan Larson, the activities director for Valley City Public Schools, announced.
"If everyone stayed out that's currently playing in (grades) 9-11 and eighth grade, we'd have approximately 24 athletes," Larson told the VCPS school board during its regular meeting Monday.
Special to the Times-Record
2012 Overall Conservation Award Winner
Wes andd Michele Elston are young, enthusiastic producers who have built their operation from the ground up.
They installed a manure management system in 2006, are planting cover crops, and continue to plant field, livestock and farmstead windbreaks throughout their 2,200 acre farm.
The Elstons have participated in EQUIP to enhance their grazing system and to improve soil health.
The couple has a three-year-old son, Ian, who loves riding in any tractor or farm implement when given the chance.
The First Conservation Community Fair is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Valley City Eagles Club Riverside Room.
Representatives from the Barnes County Soil Conservation District; Barnes County 319 Watershed Project; NRCS (programs, soil health and range), FSA,North Dakota.
Water from Devils Lake does not pose a big threat for catastrophic flooding in Valley City. The public learned this during a public forum Thursday sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul, Minn. District, and the City of Valley City, where they informed audience the results of the first phase of their feasibility study. The study also showed that some of the alternatives for flood risk management considered were not found to be cost effective and would not be justified for implementation as a federal project.
There are plenty of advantages to a home game. Friendly crowd. Familiar surroundings. No sleeping in a hotel.
But when the No. 17 Valley City State University mens basketball team started its season in November, one of the main goals the team had was to be undefeated at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, not necessarily for those reasons, but because it makes the teamâ€™s postseason goals more attainable.
Weather Affects Area Sports
The blizzard that hit Barnes County over the weekend caused schedule changes for several local sports teams.
The Valley City High School wrestling team had its home dual Frisday against Red River High School postponed. No makeup date had been announced as of press time.
The Valley City Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball tournaments that were scheduled for Saturday were cancelled.
The Maple Valley boys basketball team's game at Richland Friday was postponed until Feb. 2.
The No. 12 Valley City State University womenâ€™s basketball team had a weekend full of ups and downs.
There were two wins, a close loss to an opponent the Vikings had beaten earlier in the year.Â VCSU senior Katie Ralston even hit a scoring milestone, surpassing the 1,000 point mark in her college career.
Friday, January 11
Full Nelson Karaoke will be held from 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Valley City American Legion Club rooms. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event supports Legion Baseball.
Saturday, January 12
Grace Free Lutheran Church ManCamp Gun Show, starting at 3 p.m. Join us for conversation and â€śshow & tellâ€ť surrounding one of manâ€™s favorite past-times: Firearms. An antique firearm collector will display multiple firearms ranging from the 1880â€™s to the modern era. Call 845-2753 for more information.