May 23rd, 2012
North Dakota residents are finally being recognized for more than their friendliness, hard work ethic, oil reserves and the Coen brothersâ€™ movie â€śFargo.â€ť
According to a report from Conning Research and Consulting, a Connecticut-based money management firm with $87 billion in assets, North Dakota ranked No. 1 in credit quality.
The rankings are based on 13 indicators including state revenue growth, year-over-year employment gains and foreclosure rates.
In November, the state was still ranked behind Wyoming.
Blake Curtis Dinger, 42, of Bloomer, Wiscinson was cited for fleeing to elude by Jamestown police officers after leading units from Barnes and Stutsman counties on a pursuit down Interstate 94.
Police Chief Ettinger of the Jamestown Police Department said that officers received a call that there was an erratic driver at about mile marker 256 in the east bound lanes of I94. Two Jamestown Police Department units soon got behind the Jeep Cherokee.
When the driver would not pull over, two sheriff department units from the Stutsman County Sheriffâ€™s Department were called, Ettinger said.
Friday Valley City will be playing host to the family of singer Peggy Lee, in the area to attend the grand opening of the Midland Continental Depot Transportation Museum Saturday in Wimbledon, said Wes Anderson, curator of the Barnes County Historical Society Museum.
Anderson said he had heard from Leeâ€™s family and some guests they would like to see some of the places in Valley City that their grandmother would have remembered from her time here.
CASSELTON â€” Based on how things turned out the last two seasons, one would expect that the Enderlin/Maple Valley softball team be somewhat excited to clinch a spot in the first-ever Class B state softball tournament.
In both 2010 and 2011, when the sport operated with only one classification, the Falcons lost in a state qualifying game.
The girls clinched their spot at state Tuesday with a 21-5 win over Hillsboro/Central Valley in the semifinal round of the Class B South Region tournament at Tinta Tawa Park in Casselton.
From Ronald McDonald House to Disney World
â€śSeeing Paitynâ€™s face light up, watching how excited she was.â€ť Thatâ€™s how Angie Elston described her favorite memory from her familyâ€™s recent trip to Disney World.
Elston of Valley City is mother to four-year-old Paityn Elston whose dreams came true when she was granted a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., by the Make-A-Wish North Dakota Foundation.
Valley Cityâ€™s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and AMVETS chapter along with auxiliaries from all city veteranâ€™s organizations will participate in this yearâ€™s Memorial Day observations in Valley City.
James Verwey, Barnes County Veterans Service Officer, said Monday along with the VFW and AMVETS organizations, auxiliaries from the VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Eagles will be involved.
It takes three seconds and it can save your life.
The Valley City Police Department and the Barnes County Sheriffâ€™s Office is participating in a seatbelt blitz as part of a national â€śClick It or Ticketâ€ť campaign that will run from May 21 to June 3.
â€śWe write seatbelt citations throughout the year, but we wonâ€™t give any warnings for a two-week period here,â€ť said Barnes County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Brian Hager.
Valley City Police Sgt. David Swenson said in news release wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce motor vehicle fatalities.
Valley City High School softball coach Jason Lindgren had mixed feelings on his teamâ€™s 7-6 regular season-ending loss to Fargo Shanley Monday at the Valley City State University softball complex.
There was plenty of good that came from it, but similarly some struggles. There were highs, lows, leads, comebacks. Not to mention the #3 seed in the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament was on the line.
VCHS golf qualifies 3 for state meet
The Valley City High School golf team qualified three team members for state and placed fourth in a meet Monday in Wahpeton.
The Hi-Liners finished with a team score of 307, tying with West Fargo, who took third on a tie breaker.
Nick Jenson and Ben Sorenson both shot a 75 to tie for sixth place, and though Jared Lentzâ€™s 78 didnâ€™t place him, he joined them with a state qualifying score.
Fargo Shanley won the meet with a score of 295. West Fargoâ€™s Connor Holland and Shanleyâ€™s Thomas Strandemo won the meet with a score of 70.
The Valley City High School baseball team closed out its second consecutive winless season with a double header Saturday against Grand Forks Central at Charlie Brown Memorial Field in Valley City.
Though the Hi-Liners dropped the second game 16-2, it was a 6-2 loss in game one, one of the teamâ€™s best efforts of the year, that impressed coach Trevar Hansen.
â€śThat was a way better game,â€ť he said. â€śWe pitched pretty well, played pretty good defense and we hit the ball okay. Thatâ€™s obviously baseball, but I mean thatâ€™s kind of what we havenâ€™t done a ton of out here.â€ť