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September 26th, 2013
The importance of learning during early childhood led the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to create the state's first pre-kindergarten content standards and join a multi-state consortium to develop a new kindergarten entry assessment, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler.
Colette Jenson, the owner of Valley City's Circle of Friends Preschool and Childcare, said Wednesday standards for pre-kindergarten education are important and she plans to find out exactly what they are and receive training on them.
More in Thursday's issue of the Times-Record.
Buffalo-based musician Cynthia Berget will perform Saturday at the Sheyenne Riverbend Farm Fall Festival. The musician and author said she'd be at the festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., performing as a "one woman band," under the title "Original Cyn," also known as "Cynthia Musical Show."
Sheyenne Riverbend Farm is located three miles south of Interstate 94, county road 21 on exit 292.
In addition to the keyboard, Berget plans to play other instruments, including cymbals, bongos, cowbell and a make-shift bass drum, fashioned from an old suitcase and bass drum pedal.
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.