May 8th, 2012
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.
The Valley City junior varsity track teams were in Fargo Thursday for the Davies Junior Varsity Invitational.
The boys finished in fifth place at the meet and the girls took third.
The only Hi-Liner to win an event was Tia Wagar, who won the 3,200 meter relay, but the team also had success from Barbra Zubrod, who took second place in the 800 and 1,600 meter runs; Jamie Ronning, who took third in the 800, and the 4x100 relay team, which took third.
In a doubleheader split with Fargo South Thursday, the Valley City Junior High baseball team had plenty of reasons it could have gotten down on itself.
For one, until the Hi-Liners had a walk-off hit to win the first game 4-3 in six innings, they never held a lead.
Then, in the second game, the team allowed six runs in the top of the first inning.
But in both situations, the Hi-Liners simply kept swinging the bat, playing defense, and generally having fun.
The result were two close games â€” a 5-3 win in six innings, and a 9-6 loss.
The VCHS Speech Team wrapped up its 2012 season with state competition and attempts to qualify for national competition this June in Indianapolis. Nick Lee was able to qualify for the National Forensic League Tournament and will compete with an original oratory about welfare reform at the national level. He will also compete in supplemental categories of poetry and storytelling.
On April 10, 1912 LaLander Stadig Norman, â€śDUCKâ€ť was born in Binford, North Dakota and grew up in Valley City, ND. The day of his birth was the day the Titanic set sail.
His parents immigrated from Sweden. His father was John Norman who worked at the Fair Store in its hey day. His mother fed harvesters from a traveling cook car. As a lad, Duck helped her.
He graduated at age 15 from High School and went to Valley City Teachersâ€™ College. Then he studied at the University of Michigan and studied 10 years to become an actuary.
Valley City High Schoolâ€™s artists will have one last chance to shine on Thursday at the VCHS Fine Arts Festival.
The exhibition in the school starts at 6 p.m. and comes days after several VCHS art students were honored for their achievements in the Junior Duck Stamp Competition at the stateâ€™s annual banquet in Bismarck.
VCHS art instructor Kelly Callahan said as an art instructor, she can only do so much, but her students help teach and motivate each other.
The Valley City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is celebrating National Tourism Week at 12:00 (noon) on Thursday, May 10. The celebration begins at the new water fountain at City Park then moves to the outdoor display at the Rosebud Visitor Center. Rootbeer floats will be served at the Visitor Center.
Aaron Haugen has been selected as Valley City State University Student Employee of the Month for April 2012.
A 2008 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School, Pelican Rapids, MN, Haugen is a Senior at Valley City State University. Valley City, N.D., majoring in Business Education.
Haugen is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization on campus.
Haugen is employed at the VCSU Music Department.
His parents are David and Martha Haugen, Pelican Rapids, Minn.
Valley City State University technology education Professor and Great Plains STEM Education Center director Donald Mugan is retiring June 15 after 39 years as a teacher and administrator at VCSU, he said Friday.
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.
As center director, Mugan saw himself as an evangelist in transforming math, science, engineering and technology education into a form that attracts students.
Students at Valley City State University got the chance to present projects they have been working on over the 2011-2012 school year at the Scholar Symposium on Thursday.
Nearly three dozen students presented to a panel of 21 judges that included VCSU faculty and staff on topics ranging from the North Dakota dairy industry to classical music and literary analysis.
â€śItâ€™s an annual event and itâ€™s the best works from the fall semester and the spring semester,â€ť said Jodi Shorma, VCSU instructor and the symposiumâ€™s coordinator.