July 26th, 2012
Special to the Times-Record
Bismarck, N.D. â€“ North Dakota Tourism staff are hitting the road in July to work at several high-traffic visitor areas throughout the state, as well as at new sites in oil-impacted areas.
North Dakota Tourism representatives will be at designated visitor centers and rest areas to gather traveler information via a survey and provide traveler assistance. In addition to surveying travelers at traditional visitor sites, they will go to two crew camps and one very busy C-station to survey camp residents about their leisure and travel interests.
Valley Cityâ€™s Family Dollar store may be one of many across the country that will sell tobacco products. Family Dollar media representative Josh Braverman said the move is strictly due to customer demand.
â€śWe are already selling cigarettes in some stores,â€ť Braverman said.
Valley Cityâ€™s downtown district was hopping Wednesday as locals and visitors swarmed the streets in search of good sales and food. Kids played in bounce houses, shoppers visited outdoor stands and many enjoyed a buffalo burger.
Crazy Day is an annual street fair held every year in July hosted by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce. Local businesses offer discounts on selected items and some sell food and items as fundraisers.
Some businesses even hold fun contests, such as the watermelon eating contest that Duttonâ€™s Valley Gallery holds every year.
LIDGERWOOD, N.D. â€”As the lineups were announced in Thursday's American Legion Section 1 tournament game against Kindred, Valley City Post 60 pitcher Chase Carpenter knew he could get the win.
The last time he stared the 60-feet-6-inches towards home plate against Kindred, the first game of a July 9 double header, he allowed only four hits and three runs, one of which was earned.
"I figured I'd come in here, have some confidence, just throw strikes," Carpenter said.
Kueber to join VCSU mens basketball team
Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky announced last week that regional standout Gus Kueber has signed a letter of intent to attend VCSU and join the Viking basketball program for the upcoming season.
Kueber is transferring in after playing last season at Mayville State University, where he averaged 17.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and was named to the All-Dakota Athletic Conference and All-Association of Independent Institutions First Teams.
Online safety is everyoneâ€™s responsibility. Parents need to be aware, educated, and observant about their childrenâ€™s use of the computer and cell phone. In our classrooms, teachers need to promote responsible Internet usage by students. The Internet safety curriculum in our school establishes a foundation to help youth develop the decision-making skills needed to use the Internet safely. But when those kids leave our school buildings, computers are no longer filtered, cell phone use is no longer monitored, and social networking sites such as Facebook are no longer blocked.
The Valley City Public School Board discussed six new school policies at a special meeting on Monday, including the schoolâ€™s Wellness Policy which has been in the works for several months.
The policy was developed by school administrators and staff, including physical education instructors, school board member Sharon Buhr, who is the director of the Young Peopleâ€™s Healthy Heart program at Mercy Hospital, and the schoolâ€™s food service director Sue Milender. Milender has been nationally recognized as one of the top school food directors in the country.
Saturday Valley City residents are encouraged to cheer on bicyclists riding to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosts a bike ride every year in the Fargo area. This yearâ€™s ride called â€śBike MS: Sanford Health Ride the Wind,â€ť participating cyclists will start their route in Casselton, loop north through several small towns and Lake Ashtabula, and then turn south to head to Valley City, covering up to 140 miles.
STEELE, N.D. â€” As members of the Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team walked off the field following a 1-0 season-ending loss to Oakes Tuesday in the District 6 championship, the players' faces seemed to match the gray skies that loomed over the field during the game.
There was a bit of sadness and a hint of frustration after Valley City lost by the slimmest margin possible to a team it had pushed to the limit numerous times this summer.
A Valley City man was arrested by local police Sunday on a warrant obtained by the Wahpeton Police Department.
Joshua Dale Holm, 31, was charged with a Class B Felony for allegedly luring minors by computer or other electronic means. Wahpeton PD has been conducting an ongoing undercover sting operation to catch people luring minors over the internet for sexual purposes.
Barnes County Stateâ€™s Attorney Lee Grossman said the alleged crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, but Barnes County will have no involvement in the case.