September 26th, 2013
The importance of learning during early childhood led the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to create the state's first pre-kindergarten content standards and join a multi-state consortium to develop a new kindergarten entry assessment, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler.
Colette Jenson, the owner of Valley City's Circle of Friends Preschool and Childcare, said Wednesday standards for pre-kindergarten education are important and she plans to find out exactly what they are and receive training on them.
More in Thursday's issue of the Times-Record.
Buffalo-based musician Cynthia Berget will perform Saturday at the Sheyenne Riverbend Farm Fall Festival. The musician and author said she'd be at the festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., performing as a "one woman band," under the title "Original Cyn," also known as "Cynthia Musical Show."
Sheyenne Riverbend Farm is located three miles south of Interstate 94, county road 21 on exit 292.
In addition to the keyboard, Berget plans to play other instruments, including cymbals, bongos, cowbell and a make-shift bass drum, fashioned from an old suitcase and bass drum pedal.
The old Elks parking lot on Main Street in Valley City won't be developed immediately. During a special meeting of the Valley City City Commission on Tuesday, commissioners declined to make a motion to sell the property through open bidding.
According to Valley City City Commissioner Mary Lee Nielson, the consensus of the commission at this time is to leave the lot as-is. The city needs a parking lot for community events like Rally in the Valley, she said.
However, the Valley Development Corporation has an agreement with the city to develop the property.
Valley City 4th-, 5th- and 6th- grade harriers raced in sunny mid-70s conditions on Tuesday at Chautauqua Park's 1-mile course in the Elementary Cross Country Meet, put on by Valley City Parks & Recreation and the Valley City Cross Country team.
Read this story in Thursday's Times-Record.
Those looking for the fruit of fall can head out to the Wittenberg Pumpkin Patch northeast of Valley City this weekend. Shawn and Kim Wittenberg opened the patch on their farm 15 years ago. Visitors have the opportunity to pick out their very own pumpkins, squash, gords and Indian corn in the scenic area. Pumpkins are either $4 or $5, and the price of everything else varies.
Kim said she decided to open the patch after visiting Papa's Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck when her children were younger. She said hers is much smaller, but this has been her best year so far.
Service dog Hayden is helping Iraq War veteran Dalles Jorgenson of Valley City deal with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he suffered during his war time experiences.
Jorgenson, who participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, suffers from problems dealing with crowds, anxiety â€śand night terrors.â€ť
Jorgenson spend several months being treated for his PTSD at the Veterans Affairs medical facility in St. Cloud, Minn.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.
Amanda Myhre spent her life straddling two cultures. She was never considered white, even though she was raised in the white world, yet she was never considered Native American either. With brown skin and dark hair and eyes, she wasn't recognized for her Norwegian ancestry like many of the kids she grew up with in Enderlin, but having not grown up at the Standing Rock Reservation where she was born, she never felt like she would fit in there either.
No. 8 Hi-Liner Tennis (1-7 Eastern Dakota Conference, 1-9 overall) faced No. 9 Wahpeton (0-7, 0-10) on a gusty Monday night in a duel for the eighth and final Eastern Dakota Conference Regional Tournament.
Read this story in Wednesday's Times-Record.
Valley City Girls' Golf teed off in the 11-team East Region Meet at Grand Forks County Club on Monday, from which the top seven teams advance to the State Tournament Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
Read this story in Wednesday's Times-Record.
Maple Valley volleyball beat LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 2-0 (25-14, 25-22), smashed Glen Ullin 2-0 (25-10, 25-12) and outmatched Oakes 2-0 (27-25, 25-17) in pool play at the Valley City Optimist Tourney on Saturday.
The Raiders fell to Valley City, however, in a very close 2-0 (21-25, 22-25) tournament match.
Abbie Tinjum served eight aces in the tournament, Rylee Nudell six, Megan Kasowski five and Ashley Punton two.
Tinjum dished out 36 assists, Katie Pautz 19, Kasowski three, Lexi Berntson two, Nudell, Kaylee Hanson, Punton and Kara Smith one each.