April 2nd, 2012
BISMARCK, N.D. - With 16 candidates seeking nine offices, competition for party endorsement was stiff over the weekend at the North Dakota Republican Convention in Bismarck.
There were 1,940 delegates from the stateâ€™s 47 congressional districts registered for the convention, which is a 26 percent increase since 2010. However, as nominations began on Saturday, 1,666 delegates were present to vote by 1:47 p.m., but that number edged up to 1,717 by 1:33 p.m. Sunday according to the credentials committee.
Itâ€™s unusual for a business to celebrate its 100th birthday while simultaneously planning a retirement party, but manager Mike Schwehr and his crew at C.H. Carpenter Lumber company are doing just that.
â€śItâ€™s a little hard because youâ€™ve put so much into it,â€ť Schwehr said of the closing. â€śItâ€™s tough. Theyâ€™ve been good to us around here, the communityâ€™s supported us well. Weâ€™ve been thanking everybody for everything theyâ€™ve done over the years.â€ť
There is a Rules Clinic at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd at the American Legion. Anyone interested in or considering umping this summer is welcome to attend. Sponsor fees are due on Monday, April 2 at 5 p.m. at the Rec Center office.
Pick up rosters at the Valley City Parks & Recreation office. If you have any questions, call 845-3294.
After dropping the first two games on Friday at the Morningside College Invitational Softball Tournament, the Valley City State University softball team rattled off four wins in a row to finish the tournament 4-2.
In game one on Friday, Bellevue (Neb.) University scored five runs in the bottom of the first and led the entire way in a 7-2 victory. The Vikings mustered only six hits with freshman Shayna Taffinder leading the way with a 2-2 performance at the plate. Jen Shadlock took the loss for the Vikings in the circle.
JAMESTOWN â€” The way Valley City State University baseball coach Casey Olney looks at it, the success his team had wasnâ€™t necessarily in the box scores of its Dakota Athletic Conference preseason tournament games.
In the weekend, the team went 1-3. The Vikings lost double header at home Saturday to Dickinson State University and Jamestown College, but rebounded with a13-6 win over Dickinson Sunday in Jamestown before closing it out with a 12-2 loss to the Jimmies.
New VCPR classes starting
Valley City Parks and Recreation is offering two new classes, step aerobics and yoga, starting Monday.
Step Aerobics will be offered at the Rec Center starting Monday, April 2. This class is planned for Mondays and Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the fitness room upstairs at the Rec Center. The class will be low impact with an upbeat, fun atmosphere with easy to follow routines and light weights to strengthen bones & increase muscle mass. Classes will be instructed by Deb White.
There arenâ€™t many teams that get over a month off from competition in mid-season.
But ever since the Valley City State University track and field team last ran a full meet Feb. 16, the majority of the team has been training for the outdoor season, which starts Saturday when members of the team go to Dickinson State for the first outdoor meet of the year.
â€śThat was a good opportunity for us to train,â€ť said coach Ken Frenette, who previously coached at Campbell University in North Carolina, which has a smaller transition period between the seasons.
The Valley City Community Gardens are warming up for their fourth season, and for those who are itching to get their hands dirty, space is filling up rapidly. As of Thursday, eight 20 by 20 foot plots were still available to rent for the season at the gardens, located west of Riverside Gardens, just off of Tenth Street Southwest.
â€śThe soil out there is really nice right now,â€ť said Ellen Bjelland, Garden Steering Committee chair. â€śIt had alfalfa on it previously and people worked it a lot last year. Theyâ€™re in good shape.â€ť
I donâ€™t necessarily consider myself old, but I do know Iâ€™m old enough to remember the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s when Devils Lake was hardly visible from Minnewaukan, and one day I walked across the parched bottom of Hobart Lake in Barnes County.
Since a wet cycle started in 1993, construction crews have had to build up Interstate 94, which runs through Hobart Lake, because of rising water, and Minnewaukan today is nearly surrounded by Devils Lake.
As the adage goes, â€śa picture is worth a thousand words,â€ť a fishing picture, however means never having to face an inquisition from friends or foes at the local watering hole. While any snap, from a camera phone on up to top-of-the-line photography equipment, will preserve the memory and the proof of your catch, there are several ways you can make it a wall-hanger of a moment.
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