September 28th, 2012
The North Dakota Department of Instruction (DPI) is asking for all interested people to provide input on the new proposed guidelines for the professional evaluations of teachers and principals.
After several districts across the state failed to meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act, the state applied for a waiver from the act.
Submitting the waiver means the state must have established uniform guidelines for the evaluations. A DPI advisory committee worked from October, 2011, to July to develop the proposed guidelines.
I begin this prose in quite a conundrum.
Trying to find peace but havenât yet found some.
I begin every morning alive with the news.
CNN, FOX âthey give me the blues.
Iâm just the blonde, living on the prairie-
But tootâin my own horn (which is really quite scary!)
Iâm a woman with hormones and I have a gun.
Bring me a militant and Iâll get âer done.
My posse is housewives â women of strength.
Proverbs 31 proves theyâd earn âGeneralâ as ranks.
Each and every one of them is as patriotic as me.
So we wonder how dumb our elected can be.
Robert Odegaard of Kindred partially completed a practice barrel roll 5:55 p.m. Sept. 7 before the roll slowed and ultimately stopped just prior to the pilotâs fatal crash at the Barnes County Municipal Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined.
According to the preliminary report released Sept. 21, a witness reported that the practice routine proceeded normally.
Entering Thursday's match with Kindred, the Maple Valley High School volleyball team knew one of the Vikings' biggest threats was going to be Kellie Schmit.
"She's a very good player," Maple Valley coach Jessica Theurer said. "We just had to do our best to attack so they couldn't set her up."
It was a strategy that worked at times, but wasn't quite as potent as the Raiders hoped in their 25-15, 25-21, 25-13 loss to Kindred.
VC XC Does Well at Central Cass
Three teams from Valley City High School won team championships at the Casselton Invite Thursday.
The Hi-Liners got team championships from the junior varsity girls and boys and the varsity girls. The boys finished seventh of ten teams.
The varsity girls, who are missing Ruth Ihry, Mikaylah Ross and Amanda Starr to injury, were led by April Berntson, who took second place at 15:47. She was followed in by Barbara Zubrod, who took eighth in 16:40.
Casey Englehard led the boys with a sixth place finish in the varsity race finishing in 18:31.
Volunteers searching the Barnes County Municipal Airport found a missing memory card from a camera that was mounted on a plane that crashed at the airport, killing pilot Bob Odegaard earlier this month.
Two buckets of shrapnel â the remains from the Sept. 7 plane crash â sat on a table in the terminal of the Barnes County Municipal Airport on Wednesday morning, as about a dozen volunteers gathered to search the airport grounds for the important piece of wreckage.
Whooping cranes are beginning their annual migration south through North Dakota and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department are asking people to report any sightings to either agency.
Mike Rabenberg, a USFWS wildlife biologist at the Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge said the birds migration from Canada is just getting started and should run through October.
A wayward bird ended up interrupting power to downtown Valley City Wednesday morning, said Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph.
âWe got the culprit in the office â a tweety bird,â Schelkoph said.
Businesses that lost power included the Times-Record and Duttonâs Valley Gallery of Photography.
Valley City electrical Superintendent Stan Hanson said Wednesday the the loss of power started with a circuit breaker outside the Ace Hardware store. âSomehow the bird got into the transformer and started an arc.â
The Dan Faust farmstead off airport road was packed with first-year Valley City State University students Tuesday morning as the young people harvested thousands of pounds of squash to be given to the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo.
An estimated 190 VCSU students, mentors and crew chiefs participated Tuesday, coming to the site by bus.
Arriving at the field about 9 a.m., the young men and women worked hard before breaking for a wiener roast at about 10:30 a.m.
The debate over Measure 5 is gathering steam across the state, and while supporters and detractors agree stiffer penalties are needed in cases of animal cruelty, they cannot agree on the wording of the proposed law.
Karen Thunshelle, of the North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty (NDSAC) is the campaign manager for Measure 5. She said passing the initiative should be a âno-brainerâ to anyone who reads the legislation.