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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.

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