Area first responders recently completed Incident Command Training in an effort to assure an adequate, organized response to emergencies â large and small.
The multi-departmental training, instructed by Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson, who is a federally certified incident command center trainer, addressed the organizational system mandated by the U.S. government in responding to any major disaster like a flood, a terrorist attack, or a chemical spill.
By Scott Schlaufman
For the first 40 minutes of Valley City High School girls basketball team's 63-53 win over Maple Valley Tuesday at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, the Hi-Liners had little trouble finding a good shot.
But, for whatever reason, the team's numerous open looks wouldn't make the short trip off the backboard and through the hoop.
"We had good shot selection and good shooting opportunities the entire game, but it took us a while to get where we could consistently hit some," Valley City coach Jim McDaniel said.
Eliacin named 3rd Team All American
Valley City State University tight end Ken Eliacin was named to the Beyond Sports Network All-American 3rd Team, making him one of the top six tight-ends in all of the NAIA for the 2012 season.
A senior, Elicacin was the leading receiver for the Vikings with 41 catches for 586 yards, averaging 14.3 yards per catch. He also finished with 7 receiving touchdowns with his longest catch of the season going for 67 yards.
1. Fargo North, 181; 2. Grand Forks Central, 175.5; 3. Jamestown, 170; 4. Valley City, 157.5; 5. Wahpeton, 109; 6. East Grand Forks, 100; 7. West Fargo, 87; 8. Aberdeen Central JV, 73; 9. Carrington, 64; 10. Larimore, 59; 11. Kindred 53; 12. Grafton, 43; 13. Lisbon JV, 34; 14. Central Cass JV 18; 15. Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm and Roll-St. John, 0.
JV106- Josiah Crump, 2nd place: Pinned Jenkins, GFC, :46; Pinned by Stremick, FN, 1:54; def. Keopplin, Car, 16-14; pinned Wuori, Rol, :23.
All throughout the Barnes County Tournament, the Milnor High School basketball team brought a size element that tested every team the Bison matched up against.
Even though LaMoure/Litchville-Marion lacked the size, they played their game, pulling away late in a 61-51 win over Milnor in the third place game of the Barnes County Tournament.
It ended what LLM coach Darren Thielges called a âfantastic tournamentâ for the team.
For the last three seasons, the boys edition of the Barnes County Basketball Tournament has come down to two teams â Valley City High School and Maple Valley High School.
But not even Maple Valley coach Jay Kocka would have predicted that Saturday's 47-46 win for the Raiders at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse would have been that close.
"Give Valley City credit. With their zone they ran, we didn't attack too much but we hung around and gave ourselves a shot," he said.
Maple Valley 65, FSHP 36
LLM 38, Enderlin 32
Milnor 68, BCN 44
Valley City 66, GCC 40
Enderlin 64, FSHP 23
GCC 61, BCN 42
Maple Valley 55, LLM 45
Valley City 60, Milnor 58
FSHP 62, Barnes Co. North 39
LLM 61, Milnor 51
Maple Valley 47, Valley City 46
All tournament team:
Brady Thielges, LLM
Mason Denholm, VC
Coltin Huus, E
Briton Bussman, M
Kris Wathne, GCC
Anthony Olson, LLM
FARGO â For all the work the North Dakota State University football did all season to prepare for a shot at their second straight NCAA Division I football championship, the ultimate yes or no seemed to hinge on one play in Friday's 23-20 win over Georgia Southern University at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
With 3:10 left in the game, the Bison had a fourth down with three yards to go at the GSU 5-yard line.
So the Bison gave it to quarterback Brock Jensen, who gutted it straight up the middle on a quarterback draw, getting five yards and the game-winning touchdown.
School lunches have changed again, but not drastically. Under pressure from several mid-west senators, including Senator John Hoeven (R. N.D.), last week the USDA relaxed some of the strict school lunch guidelines that were put into place last summer.
The biggest change, according to Litchville-Marion Superintendent Steve Larson, is that there will no longer be a charge for seconds. A plus for students on free or reduced meals who had to pay for seconds. Sheri Rode, head cook at L-M Elementary expects more changes.
The Valley City State University Community School of the Arts is entering its new year with a new director, Amy Tahran.
Shari Larson, whose last day as director of the community school of the arts was Friday, said Tahran will take over the position in time for when spring semester classes begin Jan. 14.
Larson said VCSU has been doing the community school since 1994, and it is open to anyone in the Valley City area interested in taking classes in the fine arts, including adults, elementary school students, high school students and college students.