September 11th, 2012
9-12 local digest
VCSU's Eliacin Awarded
Valley City State University football player was named the Association of Independent Institutions Male Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Eliacin, a tight end, had four catches in the Vikings' win over Mayville State Saturday. In those four receptions he had two touchdowns (one for 67 yards and one for 52 yards) and 127 total yards.
VCSU Drops to No. 21
After splitting their first two games of the season, the VCSU football team dropped to No. 21 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which was released Monday.
Food that was planned for but never used at the canceled Wing and Wheels AirShow will be used at a memorial service for Robert Odegaard of Kindred, who died during a practice run Friday at the Barnes County Muncipal Airport.
The Fly In: Odegaard Pancakes event will take place at the Fargo Air Museum from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Guests will be served the pancakes that were scheduled to be served Sunday during a fundraising breakfast at the airshow, said Toby McPherson, co-director of the airshow along with Barnes County Airport Authority clerk Lori Jury.
Valley City State University Concert Choir will hold its annual end-of-summer rummage sale on Saturday, which is the main fundraiser done by the choir.
Christopher Redfearn, director of choral activities who has a doctorate in music, said the sale is â€śour primary means to raise money for our fall and spring tours that the choir undertakes across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.â€ť
Some Barnes County residents who farm north of Sanborn will have to remain patient for a little while longer to resolve a 20-year-old water problem.
Potter Township Supervisor David Lettenmaier addressed the Barnes County Water Resource District Board on Monday to discuss the area about a mile outside of the city limits where water has been backed up since heavy rains and flooding in 1993.
The Natural Resource Conservation Service is currently conducting a survey on the area, which must be completed before any further steps can be taken.
The last two seasons weren't always easy on the Valley City High School boys tennis team but, so far, this year's Hi-Liners are making progress.
With a pair of home wins against Wahpeton and Dickinson Saturday, the team has won more matches this year than it did the last two.
"Overall, this was a big day for us," Hi-Liner coach Matt Nielson said. "We did not win a match two years ago. Last year, we won only one match, the play-in match to make it to regionals. In one day, we eclipsed the number of wins in our two previous seasons."
The Valley City High School cross country team had two runners place in the top-25 of the Fargo North's Spartan Duals Challenge, which took place Saturday at Johnson Park in Moorhead, Minn.
April Berntson led the Hi-Liner girls with a 10th place finish in the girls varsity 4K race, and Casey Engelhard took 25th in the boys varsity 5K race. Jamie Ronning narrowly missed a top-25 finish, taking 26th in the varsity girls race.
Varsity Girls 4K
10. April Berntson, 16:10; 26. Jamie Ronning, 17:27; 27. Barbara Zubrod, 17:31; 36. Jessica Ronning, 18:12; 41. Aislinn Fogarty, 20:12.
The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks has issued a critical fire watch in Barnes County for Monday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The watch was issued due to dry conditions and wind speeds ranging from 25 to 35 mph with the possibility for stronger gusts.
Conserving water and preventing contamination of the water table are on the forefront of a push by state and federal groups who support National Protect Your Groundwater Day on Sept. 11.
The North Dakota Well Drillers Association is standing along side the National Ground Water Associationâ€™s public call to action to protect one of the most vital resources available. The groups want people to acknowledge issues with water, how those issues apply to everyone.
Valley City residents may have recently seen people wearing vests walking down boulevards swinging a long slender electronic device back and forth, periodically digging a small hole and placing tiny pennants in the ground.
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday the workers are involved in several projects, including setting distances for new street markings and doing preparation work for planned phone company upgrades to fiber optics in Valley City.
When the Valley City State University football team beat Mayville State University last year, the Vikings had a bit of trouble stopping the Comets' option-based offensive attack, allowing 254 rushing yards.
What a difference a year makes.
When the teams played again Saturday in VCSU's home opener on Shelley Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium, the Vikings won again, 38-13.
All afternoon long, the defense consistently stopped the rushing attack, limiting Mayville to 140 yards of offense and only 90 from the ground.