July 3rd, 2012
As co-chairs of this yearâ€™s American Cancer Society Barnes County Relay For Life, we would like to thank residents of Barnes County and beyond for their generosity and support. Six energetic and dedicated teams participated in this yearâ€™s event and raised more than $27,000 to help the Societyâ€™s fight for every birthday, threatened by every cancer, here and throughout the world. We are anticipating breaking the $30,000 mark by the end of relay season, Aug. 31. We would like for supporters to know that donations can be accepted in support of the 2012 event until that date.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks declared a heat advisory for eastern North Dakota on Monday as temperatures reached into the 90-degree territory and humidity in some cities in the region was more than 70 percent, causing the heat index to hover around 100 degrees.
NWS meteorologist Brad Hopkins said heat advisories are declared on a day-by-day basis and there is a good chance they could continue throughout the week.
The Monday/Thursday farmers market will begin its 34th year on Monday, July 9 in the Rosebud Parking lot across from the Elks building. The market will continue Thursday, July 12 in the Pamida parking lot.
Norma Voldal, manager of the market, said they tried splitting the locations of the markets last year as an experiment, and it worked so well that they decided to do it again this year.
When times get tough for Valley City Babe Ruth pitcher Nate Rodriguez, his main goal is to avoid getting in a rut mentally.
â€śWhat (head coach) Lance (Lukes) always tells me is to keep my head up and keep it clear,â€ť Rodriguez said.
It was an outlook that came in handy in an 11-1 win Monday in the first game of a double header sweep over Lisbon.
After getting the first three batters out in succession, Rodriguez finished the next three innings with the bases loaded for the final out, but allowed only one run to score.
Major League Baseballâ€™s All-Star Game is July 10th and the rosters are set. Each year, comparing my All-Stars with the actual rosters is fun and interesting. No sense in wasting any time. Having not looked at the rosters yet, weâ€™ll begin with my National League All-Star team. After revealing my team, weâ€™ll scope out the real All-Star team, compare and contrast, Iâ€™ll defend my picks, and weâ€™ll do the same for the American League (which will be the topic of discussion next week). All stats used are as of games completed through June 30, 2012.
Mercy Hospital Administrator Keith Heuser said Friday â€śoverall Iâ€™m pleasedâ€ť that the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the federal Affordable Care Act â€śas intended with changes in penalties.â€ť
Heuser said â€śthere are areas that need work, but when it comes to protecting people, there is a lot of good in the law. It allows people to access health care without fear of not being able to pay.â€ť
He said preventive care without co-pays that are part of the new law might help cut costs of treating diseases caught early or nipped in the bud by preventive care.
The liquidation sale at Pamida that started last Monday marks the first step in converting Pamida to a Shopko Hometown store. About 90 percent of the storeâ€™s items are on sale ranging from 10 to 30 percent off regular price. The sale is an effort to clear out existing merchandise to make way for Shopkoâ€™s enhanced merchandising mix.
Independence Day is just a couple days away, and after the barbecues, road trips and parties, the fireworks are the main event.
And with them, come the annual fireworks safety reminders and warnings.
Two weeks ago the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its Fireworks Report, which shows that in 2010 alone, an estimated 15,500 fires and 8,600 emergency room visits were caused by consumer fireworks.
The NFPA is now teaming with the American Academy of Pediatrics and 21 other state and national organizations to form the â€śAlliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks (ASCF).â€ť
July tends to be crunch time for American Legion baseball teams, and the Valley City Post 60 baseball team sees it no differently.
In the next three weeks, Post 60 will only play sectional opponents as it concludes the regular season. The team will then play in the Section 1 tournament starting July 24, and potentially the state tournament, which starts August 1.
With that in mind, the team didnâ€™t stress out too much in its 15-3 loss to Kindred Sunday in the third place game of the Leevers Classic tournament at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
Three players from the Fargo-Moorhead area will be continuing their baseball careers at Valley City State University next year.
VCSU coach Casey Olney announced Sunday that three players from Minnesota State Community and Technical Collegeâ€” Bryce Venaas, Anthony Myer, and Cole Honl â€” have signed with the team and will transfer to VCSU for the 2013 season. All three are originally from the Fargo-Moorhead area.