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May 13th, 2012

Children, friends will miss Opatz

May 13, 2012

Family and friends described the late Jodi Kvien Opatz in numerous ways-- caring compassionate and protective. “She would do anything for me,” said her son Jaustin, 10.

Opatz passed away Friday, only two days before she was to celebrate Mother’s Day with Jaustin, his brother Jaiden, 15, and sister Jara, 13.

On a Facebook page created in memory of Opatz, her eldest son Jaiden wished her a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. Others shared their memories, one recalling her beautiful smile.

May 11th

Fire & Rescue Squad Recovers Woman’s Body From Sheyenne River in Valley City

May 11, 2012

VALLEY CITY (NewsDakota.com) Authorities say a Valley City woman died today after she went into the Sheyenne River. The woman’s body was recovered in the river by Barnes County and Valley City Fire and Rescue Squad members Friday morning around 8:30.

Fire Chief Gary Retterath says members from the Valley City public works department working on lift station number one saw a woman in the river about 8:20 Friday morning.

Weekend weather looks promising

May 11, 2012

National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Rogers in Grand Forks said Thursday after a week of wildly ranging weather, the weekend is looking like it will shape up nicely.

“Looks like a good weekend overall,” said Rogers. “Precipitation-wise we’re going to be dry all weekend, region-wide, not just in the Valley City area.”

Man walking across U.S. finds despair, resilience

May 11, 2012

Bruce Maynard from Bellingham, Wash., says he is used to a “pretty good living.”

“I like five-star restaurants; I like cruises around the world; I like a beautiful home and my gorgeous ocean-going yacht, all those kinds of things, not to mention my gorgeous wife,” he said as he walked across Eckelson Lake on County Road 22. “So in the last 24 months, I have lost everything.”

CVB celebrates tourism week with fountain unveiling

May 11, 2012

The Valley City Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose primary purpose is bringing visitors to the area, had a lot to celebrate Thursday. As part of National Tourism Week, the CVB celebrated new additions to Valley City.

“Tourism has been on the rise in Valley City as evidenced by increased accommodation tax collections and a rise in the food and beverage tax amount.  These are two funds that help quantify the number of visitors in the area.  Visitors signing in at the Rosebud Visitor Center has averaged over 2,000 a year,” said Mary Lee Nielson, marketing director of CVB.

May 10th

Minn. Senate vote clears Vikings for new stadium

May 10, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings moved to within a governor's signature of getting a new $975 million stadium on Thursday after the state Senate approved a plan that relies heavily on public financing.

Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign the measure, meaning the Senate's 36-30 vote was effectively the final barrier for the stadium. The House passed it overnight.

Local girls compete in team NoDak track meet

May 10, 2012

Photo by Kirk Olson/Special to the Times-Record
Karina Olson, Olivia Olson, Michaela Thibert, and Jocey Kriewald were among those representing Valley City Sunday at the Team NoDak youth track meet in Fargo. The four won the 4x100 meter relay race with a time of 1:03.45. The team members also had success individually. In the Bantam division, Olivia Olson took fifth place in the 100 meter dash and seventh in the 400. Kriewald, also racing with the Bantams, took seventh in the 100 and fifth in the 400. In the midget division, Kriewald took seventh place in the 400 and 10th in the 200.

Thursday (5/10) local digest/schedule

May 10, 2012

Thursday sports schedule:

VCHS track @ Central Cass Invitational
3:30 p.m. in Casselton

VCHS softball vs. Fargo North
4:30 p.m. (V)/ 6 p.m. (JV) at VCSU

VCHS girls tennis @ Fargo South
4:30 p.m. in Fargo

VCJH baseball vs. Fargo Davies
5 p.m. at Charlie Brown Field

Enderlin/Maple Valley softball
vs. Central Cass
4:30 p.m. in Enderlin

Bevan awarded Gold Glove
Hayley Bevan, a junior on the Valley City State University softball team, was named a Dakota Athletic Conference Gold Glove recipient for the 2012 season.

Bison honored with softball awards

May 10, 2012

ELMHURST, Ill.--North Dakota State freshman pitcher Krista Menke earned dual honors as The Summit League Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, while Southern Utah junior outfielder Mikkel Griffin was named Summit League Player of the Year as the league announced its annual awards Wednesday.  Individual awards and all-league teams were selected in a voting of the league’s nine head coaches.

Aced! Local 7th grader get hole-in-one

May 10, 2012

Photo by Anthony Cuypers/Special to the Times-Record
Drew Oberlander, a seventh grader at Valley City Junior High School, shot a hole-in-one Wednesday during a junior high tournament at Bjornson Public Golf Course. Oberlander sunk the shot on the course’s second hole, a par-3, with a 3-wood. He is the 30th golfer to sink an ace since the course opened in 1994. Valley City native Tom Kellogg had a hole-in-one last Thursday on the course’s fourth hole.

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