May 10th, 2012
Three Valley City High School staff members were recognized as â€śAdvisors of the Yearâ€ť for the â€śFuel Up to Play 60 Program,â€ť an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the National Football League.
Food and consumer sciences teacher Beth Beckers, Sue Milender, the schools food services director, and physical education instructor Trevor Bakalar received their awards at a presentation at the VCHS theater on Wednesday, which included a visit from former NFL player John Taylor.
Valley City State University technology education Professor and Great Plains STEM Education Center director Donald Mugan retires June 15 after 39 years as a teacher and administrator at VCSU.
His family and friends are invited to an open house from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Valley City Eagles Aerie â€śto wish him well,â€ť said Muganâ€™s daughter Bridget Mugan Rohan Wednesday.
STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.
It is a new way of looking at science and math education to make the disciplines more attractive to the current generation of students.
Nutrition is constantly changing. Below youâ€™ll read about both changes and some new research information.
Simplified food safety temperatures for meat. Food poisoning is a major concern, so itâ€™s important to cook meat to the correct temperature.
If you undercook meat, salmonella may still be lurking and you will become ill.
With pork there is no need to worry about trichinosis anymore. This parasitic roundworm has not been a problem in commercially produce pork for years.
The USDA has now simplified the governmentâ€™s recommendations for safe cooking temperatures.
Valley City Tuesday learned Gov. Dalrymple has agreed to give the city $513,447 in Community Development Block Grants to help pay for emergency riverbank stabilization along Main Street.
City Administrator David Schelkopf said Tuesday the grant money will allow Valley City to repair riverbank from west of the Elks walking bridge to the first building past a retaining wall on the north bank of the river.
The CDBG funds are designated for vital infrastructure improvements of $250,000 in the city of Cooperstown and $513,447 in the city of Valley City.
A birthday bash for the John Deere company is in the works, and a call for volunteers has been made.
The farm machinery and implement company, which dates back to 1837, is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year that includes a city-wide celebration on Saturday, May 19.
To ensure the success of the event, the company is looking to entice volunteers through donations to their respective volunteer groups, including the local school districts.
Photo by Deb Beilke/Special to the Times-Record
April Berntson was among the top finishers for Valley City High School at the Packer Relays Friday in West Fargo. Berntson took sixth in the 1,600 as the Hi-Liner girls took 11th of the 13 teams at the meet with five points. The Hi-Liner boys did not score at the meet.
The West Fargo High School softball team is, simply, among the elite softball teams locally.
"They're pretty much undefeated in North Dakota for two years now, at least," Valley City High School coach Jason Lindgren. "I bet they don't have five losses all together in those two years."
It's a record that could strike fear into many opponents, but will be a welcome challenge against the Hi-Liners Tuesday when the teams play a one-point game at 4:30 p.m. at the Valley City State University softball complex.
With plenty of games played in a short time, tournaments have a way of testing teams.
So by the end of the Valley City Junior High Invitational softball tournament, the hosting Hi-Liners were simply drained.
â€śWe played right away at 9 a.m., then we had an hour off,â€ť Valley City coach Lucas Potter said. â€śAfter that it was one game we won, another game we won, so by the time that third game hits, what are you going to do?â€ť
Photo Stacy Wendel/Special to the Times-Record
The Valley City State University softball team finished the season with the second highest win total in program history, and Wednesday, some of the teamâ€™s key players received individual recognition for their efforts throughout the year.
VCSU seniors Katie McBride, Jane Pettit and Cyndi Figol, along with junior Adrianna Boychuk, were named to the Dakota Athletic Conference All-Conference team.