Those who spent Memorial Day weekend at Lake Ashtabulaâ€™s East Crossing resort might have noticed some new faces and a fresh coat of blue paint on the walls of the Ashtabula Crossing restaurant.
The popular eatery, located less than 20 miles from Valley City, is under new ownership as of April 9. Mary Jean Cuffe, formerly of Breezy Point, Minn., her sister Patty Hoff, and Pattyâ€™s husband Scott, formerly of Perley, Minn., purchased the restaurant and bar from former owner Bob Kelly.
Tim Kadrmas will miss working with the kids and adult volunteers after he finishes this year â€“ his final year â€“ directing the Valley City Soap Box Derby, but after 18 years in the job he decided it was time.
â€śLooking at the faces of rookies coming down the track the first time you can see it is thrilling and exhilarating for them â€“ you see the joy and fear and excitement in their faces.â€ť
This yearâ€™s North Dakota Soap Box Derby takes place June 8 and 9 in Valley City.
The North Dakota Stockmenâ€™s Association received an anonymous donation of $1,000 for its reward fund for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in a pair of livestock shootings in Griggs County. The two incidents near Cooperstown involved the killing of four horses and three head of cattle. Authorities are also investigating a massacre of 14 cattle near Hankinson in Richland County.
Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin said the occasional livestock shooting is not unheard of in the region.