July 16th, 2012
By Scott Schlaufman
The communication between a baseball coach and a player on the base paths can be hard to follow at times. A swipe of the shoulder. A pat on the head. Quick touch to the nose. It's subtle and used to keep an opponent off guard with hit and runs, bunts, and steals.
But in the the bottom of the seventh inning of the Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team's 10-9 win in the first game of a double header with Fargo Monday at Charlie Brown Memorial Field, VC third baseman Collin Schroeder got things mixed up on the base paths.
Many of us have fond memories of family picnics and outdoor cooking from childhood. All you needed was a blanket and some food and you could set up a picnic on your lawn, at a park or even in the living room in the winter.
Today, grills are prominent features on most patios and decks. If you havenâ€™t shopped for grills recently, you might be amazed at all the types of grills and grilling accessories.
Returning to Music at the Courthouse Lawn will be â€śThe Meyer Familyâ€ť from Valley City on Wednesday, July 18, beginning at 7:15 p.m..
Randie Meyer, son of DeMar and Shirley Meyer and Katie, daughter of Clarence and Lillie Olson, have been married for forty-two years. Their four children have been singing since they were two years old and now the fifteen grandchildren are asked to help â€śPass the Faith Alongâ€ť as one of the songs says.
Barnes County 4-H members who participated in the dog project had a chance to show off their work Friday at the dog show during Barnes County 4-H Achievement Days.
The show began at 5:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Winter Show building. Crowds gathered around to watch the 10 dogs and their owners compete in obedience and showmanship.
The dog show is an annual show held every July during the achievement days.
Ellen Bjelland, Barnes Countyâ€™s 4-H extension agent, said Barnes County is one of the few counties that does a dog show.
HOPE, N.D. â€“ â€śUnbelievable,â€ť a woman remarked as she inspected a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 retractable convertible. The car, owned by Earl and Connie Behm of Valley City, was one of several dozen in the classic car show during â€śHope Days.â€ť
Over the the weekend the city of Hope celebrated its annual Hope Days and the 2012 Class Bash reunion of students from Hope, Luverne and Pillsbury.
This yearâ€™s events included a classic car show, 5K run/walk, demolition derby and a Sunday morning golf tournament.
Being a professional bull rider is somewhat of a dream for 20-year-old Clayton Enzminger.
Nearly every weekend, the Steele resident hits the road with friend and travel partner Cole Hermanson to ride in rodeos, including some on the Professional Bull Riding circuit, all across the nation.
The only problem is that the events tend to be far from home.
"There are opportunities that come close, but going to PBRs and pro rodeos, you've got to travel a lot," said Enzminger, who rides as a pro but has yet to ride in a PBR event.
The Valley Twisters Gymnastics Club announced in a release Friday that it has hired Suzanne Fischer as its new head coach/club director.
Fischer is a 20-year coaching veteran who will be moving to Valley City from Branch Gymnastics in Kalamazoo, Mich., where she was the head coach/program director.
â€śThe Valley Twisters board is very excited that Suzanne is joining our club,â€ť said Amber Olson, a Valley Twisters board member. â€śWe feel that Suzanne will be a huge asset to our gym with her experience and passion for the sport.Â We are very excited for her and her family to join our community.â€ť
VC Post 60 Baseball Sweeps Fairmount/Hankinson
The Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team saved its best for the later innings in a double header sweep of Fairmount/Hankinson on the road Thursday.
Post 60 won 11-9 in the first game, then won 13-4 in the second game.
In the first game, Post 60 was down 8-3 entering the top of seventh, but scored six runs in the seventh to go up 9-8.
The inning included doubles by Josh Magnuson and Chase Carpenter, whose hit had two runs batted in and scored the final run of the inning.
By Scott Schlaufman
There are times in baseball where an error plays little role in the outcome of a game.
But for the Valley City Babe Ruth team, that wasnâ€™t the case in a 5-4 loss in the first game of a double header sweep to LaMoure Thursday at Charlie Brown Memorial Field. Valley City also lost 3-1 in a three inning second game.
Approximately one year ago, the Head Injury Association began a peer mentoring program. The purpose of the program is to assist families and individuals who have sustained a brain injury cope with the complexities and impact of this disability from acute care through community re-integration.