November 26th, 2012
In just a few weeks, local law enforcement will be hosting the Santa, Cops and Kids program for area children who have experienced hardships over the past year.
The annual event, originally scheduled for Dec. 10, will be held on Dec. 17.
Law enforcement officials from various local, county and state agencies will come together to share an evening of shopping and holiday fun with these children.
The biggest cattle show in North Dakota begins in Valley City on Thursday at the Winter Show Event Center.
The North Star Classic kicks off on Thursday afternoon with a BBQ social for vendors and entrants and continues through Dec. 2.
Numbers for the cattle show are up, according to Winter Show board member Dawn Riley. Contestants should note, shows that had previously been held on Thursday, including the pen show, will be held on Saturday this year. The open show will be held on Friday.
Valley City State University womens basketball coach Jill DeVries has seen the difference a good fan base can make.
"It was very evident a couple of years ago, when we had a full house for the Jamestown game, the difference the crowd can have in a game," DeVries said. "Even when we've been on the road at places like Dordt, they just have an outstanding student following.
"The environment can be such a game changer."
It's a culture that has always been at VCSU for games against rivals like Jamestown College, but otherwise left a frequently quiet crowd.
LMES fifth and sixth graders sang "Rocky Top" during the winter program on Tuesday.
Litchville-Marion Elementary School pre-schoolers and kindergartner's sang Disney Songs under the direction of Dale Conrad during the winter concert.
The Valley City City Commission heard presentations from international engineering firm URS and On the Move/ACHIEVE officials Monday during its regular meeting.
Abby Korte, hydrologist from URS, told the commissioners their five-phase comprehensive streambank study would address flooding and erosion issues along the Sheyenne River in Valley City.
Last Friday evening about two dozen firefighters and first responders were on hand for a grain bin rescue at the Enderlin Elevator, including members of the Fingal and Kathryn Fire Departments. Their victim was buried in a grain truck full of corn, only his head and arms remained visible. As seconds passed, inhaling became more difficult as the pressure on the victim's chest increased from the weight of the corn. Finally, rescue workers, after assessing the victim's condition, constructed a tube around him which allowed them to dig the man out.
After eight-and-a-half years as marketing director at Valley State University, Doug Anderson is having a hard time leaving the university, as well as the small city he has called home. But a new job as the Director of Media and Communications for the Minnesota State College and University System, based in his hometown of St. Paul, Minn. has him doing just that.
"Valley City is an outstanding place to live and work," he said. "You can become part of it, that's why it's hard to leave."
The Barnes County Sheriff's Department reported Wednesday afternoon that three suspects wanted in connection with a string of burglaries were arrested in Minnesota Tuesday.
Steven Lee Hovland, 38, was arrested in Preston, Minn., and Broc Allen Buytaert, 32, and Betsy Lee Runkle, 31, were arrested in Rochester, Minn., according to deputy Don Fiebiger.
The three, along with April Robyn Kapaun, face approximately 50 charges related to alleged burglaries in August and September.
See Friday's Times-Record for more information
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