November 1st, 2012
By Scott Schlaufman
Having racked up more than 2,300 yards on the ground this year, the Valley City High School football team knows the importance of stopping the run.
But when the Hi-Liners lost 20-12 to Grafton in their regular season finale Oct. 16, it all came down to an inability to stop Christian Lunde and the rest of the Spoilers' ground game.
Friday morning, Epworth United Methodist will be welcoming home a missionary with local roots. Beth (Cummings) Osland grew up in Valley City, and her family are still strong members of Epworth UMC. Beth and her husband, Harry, are Missionaries with the Assembly of God Church in Angola. They have been teaching children, adults, and new pastors, as well as working to create facilities and Sunday Schools for both children and adults. Most recently, they have been working in Portugal (Angola was a Portuguese colony), as well as in Sao Tome and Principe.
If you would like to vote early, the Barnes County Courthouse will be open Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to Noon for anyone who would like to vote.
The Barnes County Historical Society Museum was packed with people Oct. 16 during the Rotary Clubâ€™s annual beer and wine social. MarketPlace Liquors and Dakota Silver presented a variety of wine and beer to the public during the event.
Valley City City Attorney Russell Myhre will honor federal court Judge Daniel Hovlandâ€™s Wednesdayâ€™s ruling that the state is not allowed to enforce its law banning Election Day campaigning.
Wednesday Myhre said he had been expecting such a ruling invalidating North Dakotaâ€™s 100-year-old law.
â€śIt follows a national trend in favor of free speech. It (Hovlandâ€™s ruling) was not a surprise,â€ť Myhre said.
Several area post offices could have their window hours cut, according the the U.S. Postal Service. In a budget-cutting move, the Postal Service could reduce window hours at 13,000 rural post offices nationwide, 222 of 325 post offices in North Dakota. In September, the Postal Service began the process by sending notices and surveys to affected residents.
Itâ€™s evident by the variety of plush dogs surrounding the windows of the building and the paw prints that speckle the pink walls and floor that Jackie Borgâ€™s business is a spa designed exclusively for pets.
In fact, even the music and television caters to pets.
Borg, a Valley City native, celebrated an open house for the reopening of her professional dog grooming business, now under a new name, Wednesday.
Visitors were greeted at Jackieâ€™s Pet Spa, located at 235 3rd Street Northeast in Valley City, with bone-shaped cookies and punch and coffee.
Valley City High School sports fans already had plenty to look forward to in the coming week with the Hi-Liner football team set to play for a spot in the AA state championship game.
But Tuesday, the VCHS volleyball team added another item to the school's playoff agenda â€” a home match to start the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament.
The Hi-Liners, who lost 25-17, 25-16, 25-17 to Fargo North Tuesday in their regular season finale, will host Devils Lake in an EDC Play-In match, coach Katy Van Dyke said after the loss. A time and location for the match will be announced later this week.
The Barnes County Health Departmentâ€™s Healthy Communities Coalition recently received $65,000 from the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) to develop a volunteer citizen DUI reporting program.
â€śYouâ€™ve heard of Neighborhood Watch? Well, this would be like Neighbor Road watch,â€ť said Kasey Skalicky, Barnes County Health Department Traffic Safety Coordinator.
She hopes the program will stop a lot of crashes and deaths.
According to NDDOT, alcohol slows down reactions, impairs vision, interferes with concentration, dulls judgment and creates a false sense of confidence.
Almost two weeks have passed since the Shopko Hometown storeâ€™s grand opening in Valley City, and general manager Scott Schmitz said the customers are really liking the changes.
â€śWeâ€™ve had a lot of compliments,â€ť he said.
Schmitz said the apparel side of the business has gone over very well. Customers are liking the better variety and better quality of the shoe and apparel selection.
Schmitz said his employees are loving the changes, too.
â€śThey have adapted well,â€ť he said.