September 27th, 2013
Valley City State University Freshmen spent a morning in the country working for a cause Thursday.
As part of the Learning to Live/Living to learn course, about 200 students â€“ the entire freshman class â€“ converged on the Dan Faust farm near Valley City to pick squash for the Great Plains Food Bank. The group nearly filled two semi-trailers with buttercup squash â€“ more than 47,630 pounds. The squash will be distributed to more than 270 charitable feeding programs including shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries.
Chad Sorensen, of Larimore, N.D. and formerly of Valley City, had the honor or leading a truck convoy Sept. 21 in West Fargo after raising $2,500 for Special Olympics. Sorensen raised the most money, so he was the lead dog truck of a 45-truck convoy.
The convoy, which Sorensen said was the world's largest for Special Olympics, is done all over the country to raise money for the organization. North Dakota has its convoy every September in Fargo.
Read more in Friday's Times-Record.
The selection committee of the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame is asking the public for candidate suggestions for the 2014 North Dakota Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees. Either organizations or individuals may nominate candidates and the deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.
Angie Curtis, event coordinator for the North Dakota Winter Show, said Thursday two winners are selected during the North Star Classic Show in December, and winners are inducted Saturday, March 8, during the North Dakota Winter Show.
More in Friday's issue of the Times-Record.
Curves in Valley City is recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by inviting members and non-members to buy $10 punch cards good for 10 workouts with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, said Dawn Thomsen, owner of Valley City's Curves.
Curves, the largest fitness and weight management club chain for women, Tuesday announced the program. Valley City's Curves is located at 1109 West Main Street.
More in Friday's issue of the Times-Record.
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.