Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
The old Elks parking lot on Main Street in Valley City won't be developed immediately. During a special meeting of the Valley City City Commission on Tuesday, commissioners declined to make a motion to sell the property through open bidding.
According to Valley City City Commissioner Mary Lee Nielson, the consensus of the commission at this time is to leave the lot as-is. The city needs a parking lot for community events like Rally in the Valley, she said.
However, the Valley Development Corporation has an agreement with the city to develop the property.
Those looking for the fruit of fall can head out to the Wittenberg Pumpkin Patch northeast of Valley City this weekend. Shawn and Kim Wittenberg opened the patch on their farm 15 years ago. Visitors have the opportunity to pick out their very own pumpkins, squash, gords and Indian corn in the scenic area. Pumpkins are either $4 or $5, and the price of everything else varies.
Kim said she decided to open the patch after visiting Papa's Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck when her children were younger. She said hers is much smaller, but this has been her best year so far.
Service dog Hayden is helping Iraq War veteran Dalles Jorgenson of Valley City deal with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he suffered during his war time experiences.
Jorgenson, who participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, suffers from problems dealing with crowds, anxiety â€śand night terrors.â€ť
Jorgenson spend several months being treated for his PTSD at the Veterans Affairs medical facility in St. Cloud, Minn.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.
Amanda Myhre spent her life straddling two cultures. She was never considered white, even though she was raised in the white world, yet she was never considered Native American either. With brown skin and dark hair and eyes, she wasn't recognized for her Norwegian ancestry like many of the kids she grew up with in Enderlin, but having not grown up at the Standing Rock Reservation where she was born, she never felt like she would fit in there either.
Valley City High School crowned this yearâ€™s homecoming king and queen at coronation Monday evening.
This yearâ€™s king is Mason Bjornson, chosen from nominees Mason Bjornson, Nick Stevens and Dustin Lindgren.
This yearâ€™s queen is Gabby Cummings, chosen from nominees Gabby Cummings, Sara Gilbertson and Tia Wagar.
Kristi Shanenko, an English language arts teacher from Valley City Junior-Senior High School, was one of four finalists for the 2014 North Dakota Teacher of the year.
In May, Valley City Public Schools named Shanenko, junior and senior high English teacher, as teacher of the year for the school district.
After receiving the local honor, Shanenko said, â€śI'm so proud to be here. I'm humbled and grateful and I'm honored.â€ť
Members of Epworth United Methodist Church in Valley City are gearing up for the church's annual bazaar and luncheon early next month.
Church member Helen Noeske said, "Caring and sharing is what life is all about. On Saturday, Oct. 5, share your day by treating someone you care about to a pleasant outing â€“ to savor the October beauty, taste tried and true favorites at the noon luncheon and visit the seven shops of unique, attractive and useful crafts, gift baskets and foods."
East-bound traffic on Interstate 94 from the Eckelson turnoff to just west of Valley City will be limited to one lane through Tuesday evening as workers complete a slurry seal project, said John Thompson, Valley City-based District Engineer for the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
Work began on the project on Sunday with signs posted and cones placed, continued Monday, and was expected to be finished by this evening, Thompson said.
Special to the Times-Record.
Power went out in southwest Valley City along West Main Street about 3:10 p.m. Monday and still had not been restored by about 3:40 p.m., said Lori Glaser, administrative support employee with Valley City.
Glaser said public works employees responded to the reported outage and were still working on restoring full power at about 3:40 p.m.
"It is still out in parts of the area. A cause has not yet been determined," Glaser said.
Cowgirls love bling, but do their horses? Vendors selling gear for cowgirls, cowboys and their horses, including plenty of bling, were on hand at the second annual North Dakota High School Rodeo Association rodeo held at the North Dakota Winter Show Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of junior- and senior-high competitors from schools around the state, including several local youth, competed in bull-riding, roping, and cutting events throughout the weekend.