October 23rd, 2012
The Thundering Saints have donated $8,000 to Hospice of the Red River Valley, generated from proceeds of the fourth annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Ride held in Valley City on July 28.
The donation will be used to provide compassionate end-of-life care to those in Valley City and surrounding communities.
Rocky Gabel, who started the ride in honor of his wife who died of cancer, said Monday the event has grown since it began in 2009.
The Valley City Police Department has discontinued the general practice of escorting funerals. Police Chief Fred Thompson told the Valley City city commission during its regular meeting Oct. 15 that the city could be liable for any collision caused during an escort.
Thompson said the problem is that when officers are escorting a funeral from town, there might be 15-20 cars with an officer leading and maybe one in back, but the vehicles in between the officers get stretched out.
BUFFALO â€” By no means are the players on Maple Valley/Enderlin "small".
But when they stood face to face with Park River/Forville-Lankin running back Chad Jelinek Saturday in Buffalo during the first round of the Division A playoffs, it sure seemed like it at times.
Jelinek, a senior, is listed at 192 pounds, but also stands at 6-foot-3-inches tall.
It was size he used to his team's advantage Saturday as he played the role of a power back, pushing the ball up the field in a 24-20 upset of the No. 1 seeded Falcons.
The way Valley City State University football coach Dennis McCulloch saw it, his team didn't have just one issue in Saturday's 13-10 home loss to Jamestown College, it had plenty.
"We had problems with the gap, and getting to the second level," McCulloch said. "We had problems with a lot of things."
The Jimmies, who lost earlier this season on their own turf, took the coveted Paint Bucket trophy back to Jamestown for the first time in four games. They hadn't won the trophy since the teams met in 2010.
North Dakota's own hip hop rising star Big Reeno recently released the official music video for his new, heartfelt single, The Forgotten Disaster, (view video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2I4oV4sbpooff) his untitled, upcoming project releasing early next year. The song was made to commemorate the first anniversary of the national disaster that occurred in Reenoâ€™s home state of North Dakota in June, 2011. A flood hit the city of Minot, destroying peopleâ€™s homes, businesses and lives. It was the only category 5 disaster in the US in 2011.
With the upcoming election, things are getting heated â€“ even on social networking sites. Tweets, statuses and every other kind of post are filled with sarcasm, support and opposition.
There are three parties you may belong to on these sites; Republican, Democrat or the Annoyed Indifferents.
To me, the annoyed, â€śindifferentâ€ť party members are hiding â€“ hiding from judgment and opposition. They want a little attention, like their outspoken friends, so they post updates that hold an opinion.
The end of October marks a popular holiday of fun and fright â€” Halloween, and Valley City will have plenty of Halloween events to entertain locals. With the spooky holiday, though, comes risks. The Valley City Police Department has some advice to keep children and teens safe on Halloween.
Cody Thibert, police officer at the Valley City Police Department, says that everyone should be aware of the extra children out on Halloween night and during public Halloween events.
â€śBe careful and slow it down,â€ť Thibert advises. â€śThereâ€™s going to be lots of kids crossing the streets everywhere.â€ť
The Barnes County Commission voted unanimously to raise the pay of the county Tax Director Betty Koslovski from Grade 9 to Grade 11.
Koslovski wiped tears from her eyes as she asked for worthwhile compensation from the commission.
â€śI think for what your position entails, you definitely should be a (Grade) 10 for sure,â€ť Commissioner John Froelich said.
Koslovski is head of the countyâ€™s tax department, and Commissioner Phil Leitner said the responsibilities of county department heads varies from office to office.
Saturday, October 20
The Saturday Farmers Market will meet every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the City Auditorium (320 Central Ave. South, Valley City) until Oct. 27.
Following a nearly three-month liquidation sale and a week-long closure for remodeling and expansion, the former Pamida store in Valley City celebrated its conversion to a Shopko Hometown store Thursday with an official ribbon cutting. Shopko employees joined city officials, Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and enthusiastic shoppers for the ceremony at 8:45 a.m.
The first 100 shoppers to arrive were given $10 gift cards to use on merchandise in the store. Shoppers could also register for a drawing for prizes including the grand prize of a 32 inch LCD HDTV.