November 26th, 2012
When Valley City State University assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Horner found out earlier this year that he had been nominated to received 2012 NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year award, he was humbled but didn't necessarily keep it at the forefront of his mind.
"That, to me, really was the was the end of it," Horner said. "I never really thought that it would go on and I'd end up being named the guy."
Turns out, the nomination from VCSU head coach Dennis McCulloch wasn't the end of it.
Two games in two days at the Dickinson State University Milanovich Basketball Classic yielded two wins for Valley City State University as they pushed their overall record to 5-1 on the season.
In their second game with the Blue Eagles in a week, VCSU's Brittany Lehner led the Vikings to a 61-52 win over DSU Saturday to close out the tournament. Lehner scored 16 points on 5-8 shooting from the floor and also went 6-10 from the free-throw line.
Iâ€™m considering making an offer to Hollywood or Fargo-whichever one takes me up on it first Iâ€™m supposing. That husband of mine witnesses the things that happen and surely my girlfriends hear about it. Iâ€™ve been meaning to ask my doctor If there is anything written in the medical journals about certain bodies being accident prone and magnets to the not-so-common of occurrences. If itâ€™s not written yet I offer myself up to science.
In just a few weeks, local law enforcement will be hosting the Santa, Cops and Kids program for area children who have experienced hardships over the past year.
The annual event, originally scheduled for Dec. 10, will be held on Dec. 17.
Law enforcement officials from various local, county and state agencies will come together to share an evening of shopping and holiday fun with these children.
The biggest cattle show in North Dakota begins in Valley City on Thursday at the Winter Show Event Center.
The North Star Classic kicks off on Thursday afternoon with a BBQ social for vendors and entrants and continues through Dec. 2.
Numbers for the cattle show are up, according to Winter Show board member Dawn Riley. Contestants should note, shows that had previously been held on Thursday, including the pen show, will be held on Saturday this year. The open show will be held on Friday.
Valley City State University womens basketball coach Jill DeVries has seen the difference a good fan base can make.
"It was very evident a couple of years ago, when we had a full house for the Jamestown game, the difference the crowd can have in a game," DeVries said. "Even when we've been on the road at places like Dordt, they just have an outstanding student following.
"The environment can be such a game changer."
It's a culture that has always been at VCSU for games against rivals like Jamestown College, but otherwise left a frequently quiet crowd.
LMES fifth and sixth graders sang "Rocky Top" during the winter program on Tuesday.
Litchville-Marion Elementary School pre-schoolers and kindergartner's sang Disney Songs under the direction of Dale Conrad during the winter concert.
The Valley City City Commission heard presentations from international engineering firm URS and On the Move/ACHIEVE officials Monday during its regular meeting.
Abby Korte, hydrologist from URS, told the commissioners their five-phase comprehensive streambank study would address flooding and erosion issues along the Sheyenne River in Valley City.
Last Friday evening about two dozen firefighters and first responders were on hand for a grain bin rescue at the Enderlin Elevator, including members of the Fingal and Kathryn Fire Departments. Their victim was buried in a grain truck full of corn, only his head and arms remained visible. As seconds passed, inhaling became more difficult as the pressure on the victim's chest increased from the weight of the corn. Finally, rescue workers, after assessing the victim's condition, constructed a tube around him which allowed them to dig the man out.