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February 1st

Blonde on the Prairie: Seeking A Sunbird

February 1, 2013

I am on a quest to find out. Maybe you, the Valley City Times Record readers can assist me.

I was the passenger as that husband of mine drove us home. Lately we’ve been traveling on short trips to and fro so not to get depressed. We are living proof that if you just keep moving your mind can’t hijack your joy. While he drives – I wonder. Bet you never knew I did that, did ya?

Jamestown Kiwanis to Launch Third Food Packaging Event

February 1, 2013

The Kiwanis Club of Jamestown is looking for donations and volunteers for its third Kids Against Hunger food packaging event to be held in March.

The event will take place on March 2, at the Buffalo Mall in Jamestown. Event co-chair Janna Bergstedt hopes to raise $30,000 and have 250 volunteers to package meals for those less fortunate.

VCFD Holding Annual Smoker Tonight at VFW

February 1, 2013

The Valley City Fire Department will hold their annual smoker Friday evening at the Veterans of Foreign Wars club in Valley City.

The annual fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and the entrance fee is $10.

“We try to put the money (raised) towards certain equipment we need, smaller items like flashlights and small tools, something that we need that we use quite often,” Fire Chief Gary Retterath said. “Just so we can keep up with the equipment, make sure we have the equipment we need.”

During the smoker, the VCFD does raffles and sells bacon, ham, groceries and guns.

City Hosts Dairy Cow College

February 1, 2013

“What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beats also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth also befalls the sons of the earth.”

The words were written by a North American Indian and posted on the gate of a large beef ranch. Dr. Gerald Stokka, veterinarian and North Dakota State University Extension livestock stewardship expert, used it as an example of why dairy farmers need to practice good stewardship during the regional Dairy Cow College.

January 31st

ND Author Writes of Returning Home

January 31, 2013

Clay S. Jenkinson left North Dakota in 1973 for college, and while he visited frequently, he didn’t move back to his beloved home for 25 years. The North Dakota he left had changed, it was not the same “clunky wheat state of his youth.”

Jenkinson had changed too.

“Am I still a North Dakotan?” he asked himself in the essay “Clay Jenkinson: a Native Son’s Letter from the Plains,” one in a book of Jenkinson’s essays that began as columns in the Bismarck Tribune.

VCHS Snow Week Royalty Crowned

January 31, 2013

TOP: Valley City High School’s snow week royalty waits to find out who will be named king and queen at the coronation ceremony Wednesday at the Hi-Liner Activity Center. Pictured, left to right, are Steven Horner, Cassidy Wendler, Devon Liljenquist, Michaela Scherr, Kyle Knutson, and Destiny Winkler.

BOTTOM: VCHS Snow Week queen Cassidy Wendler, right, laughs as king Devon Liljenquist gives a royal wave to the crowd at the coronation ceremony Wednesday at the HAC.

VCSU Students Sponsoring Daffodil Days

January 31, 2013

The student body at Valley City State University has officially taken over sponsorship of the Valley City 2013 Daffodil Days campaign, said Michaela Halvorson, secretary of the VCSU Student Senate.

Halvorson, a freshman, said VCSU Science Professor Hilde van Gijssel proposed students pick up the responsibility from Bank Forward.
Bank Forward’s Deb Kohler decided to pass the torch after three years of chairing the event for the bank.

During the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days, donors are given daffodils in appreciation of their contributions.

Girl Scouts Selling Cookies

January 31, 2013

Local Girl Scouts will soon begin their annual cookie sales again. Quiana Steele, new Daisy troop leader, said her girls, ages 5 and 6, will have booths set up all around Valley City.

“The opening day (Feb. 9) we’ll be at the basketball game” at Valley City State University, and a booth will be set up at one of the grocery stores in Valley City.

“The girls are allowed to go door-to-door to sell the cookies, so you’ll probably see a lot of that coming up,” Steele said.

January 30th

State Pinochle Tournament Set for Valley City

January 30, 2013

The 24th annual North Dakota State Pinochle Tournament returns to Valley City Feb. 16 and 17 at the Valley City Eagles Aerie.

The event, sponsored by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed as a weekend of fun and friendly competitive play.

Chamber Executive Vice President Dawn Riley said, “We encourage you to also bring some friends along with you who haven’t been here in a while.”
Chamber Office Administrator Kay Vinje said this year’s entry fee will be $50 per team or $25 per person. The deadline for signing up will be 5 p.m. Feb. 14, Vinje said.

Valley City Might Change Stop Signs Near John Deere

January 30, 2013

KLJ, Valley City’s engineering firm, recently completed a traffic study on the corner of 12th Avenue and Seventh Street SE. The area is located on the end of Winter Show Road, just north of the interstate. The intersection has heavy traffic from employees at John Deere, which is located on the east side of the intersection.

Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said that the results of the study signify that if the two-way stop signs on that intersection were to be reversed, traffic flow would increase by 37 percent.

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