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May 14th, 2012

Monday (5/14) local digest

May 14, 2012

Two Vikings named All-A.I.I.
The Valley City State University baseball team had two players named to the Association of Independent Institutions’ All-Conference second team.
Valley City native Preston Jensen was named to the team as an outfielder.
Jensen led the Vikings with a .385 average and had seven doubles, 16 RBI and nine stolen bases. In the field he committed only one error.
He was joined on the team by pitcher Ronnie Blagg, who went 4-4 with a 2.31 earned run average. Of the 37 runs he allowed this season, only 16 were earned. He was second on the team with 47 strikeouts.

Loss clinches EDC seed for VCHS tennis

May 14, 2012

The Valley City High School tennis team clinched its seed in the Eastern Dakota Conference with a 6-3 loss at Fargo South Thursday.
The teams were playing in a match that decided the sixth and seventh seeds for the tournament, Valley City taking the latter.
“We will match up with West Fargo in the first round, with a potential rematch with South looming in the second round, which we are excited for,” Valley City coach Matt Nielson said.

Strong from the start: 3-run first inning helps Hi-Liners beat Fargo North

May 14, 2012

For better or worse, the first inning has made the difference for the Valley City High School softball team recently.
Against West Fargo Tuesday, the Hi-Liners struggled out of the gate and couldn’t catch up to the top-ranked Class A team in the state.
But in Thursday’s 7-4 win over No. 4 Fargo North, it was a different story.
The Hi-Liners opened the game by getting North’s first three batters out in succession, then came back and scored three of their first five batters to take a 3-0 lead that the team never gave up.

May 13th

Auto tech students place at state competition

May 13, 2012

Two local mechanics have shown the state, AAA and the Ford Motor Company they know their way around an automobile.

Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center Students Brandon Compson and Dillon Baasch were at the West Fargo Fairgrounds with their automotive technology instructor Jim McFadgen to compete in the state finals of the 2012 Ford AAA Student Automotive Skills competition. The pair took second place for their efforts.

Tech center director Jeff Bopp said he received a picture from McFadgen on his phone of the winning team.

VCEA names Pedersen “Friend of Education”

May 13, 2012

A Valley City man was honored by the Valley City Education Association as the 2011 “Friend of Education” at Wednesday night’s teacher appreciation banquet at Valley City High School.

Local carpenter and Vietnam war veteran Dean Pedersen received the award, which is given to people who support education in extraordinary ways without being an employee of the district.

Pedersen, who was blinded by a hand grenade during the war, speaks to the freshman English classes during their unit on Vietnam.

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.

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