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February 1st, 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.
âWe 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,â Fire Chief Gary Retterath said. âJust so we can keep up with the equipment, make sure we have the equipment we need.â
During the smoker, the VCFD does raffles and sells bacon, ham, groceries and guns.
âWhat 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.â
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.
Clay S. Jenkinson left North Dakota in 1973 for college, and while he visited frequently, he didnât move back to his beloved home for 25 years. The North Dakota he left had changed, it was not the same âclunky wheat state of his youth.â
Jenkinson had changed too.
âAm I still a North Dakotan?â he asked himself in the essay âClay Jenkinson: a Native Sonâs Letter from the Plains,â one in a book of Jenkinsonâs essays that began as columns in the Bismarck Tribune.
TOP: Valley City High Schoolâs 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.
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 Forwardâs Deb Kohler decided to pass the torch after three years of chairing the event for the bank.
During the American Cancer Societyâs Daffodil Days, donors are given daffodils in appreciation of their contributions.
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.
âThe opening day (Feb. 9) weâll be at the basketball gameâ at Valley City State University, and a booth will be set up at one of the grocery stores in Valley City.
âThe girls are allowed to go door-to-door to sell the cookies, so youâll probably see a lot of that coming up,â Steele said.
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, âWe encourage you to also bring some friends along with you who havenât been here in a while.â
Chamber Office Administrator Kay Vinje said this yearâs 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.
KLJ, Valley Cityâs 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.
The Valley City Rural Fire Department Board of Directors voted unanimously to continue with efforts to form a fire district at its annual meeting on Tuesday.
Along with Mixed Martial Arts fighting, the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off and Community Olympics will serve as kick-offâs to the 2013 North Dakota Winter Show.
Winter Show Manager Dawn Riley said Monday this yearâs cook off and olympics will take place Monday, March 4. The Chili Cook Off will start at 5:30 p.m. and the Community Olympics start at 7 p.m. Teams from all over the area compete to see who has the best chili recipe and best booth decorating skills. Prizes are also awarded for the many events at the Community Olympics.