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May 16th, 2012

VC students recognized at fine arts awards night

May 16, 2012

Students in grades 9-12 from Valley City High School were recognized for their achievements in fine arts Monday evening at the Hi-Liner Activity Center.

Awards were given in various fine arts programs at VCHS to students who excelled in various programs of fine arts throughout the school year.

The evening began with speech awards. Guest speaker Kristofer Kracht, a 1996 VCHS graduate, spoke to the audience about his time on Mrs. Langdahl’s VCHS speech team.

May 15th

VCJHS selects Students of the Month

May 15, 2012

The April Students of the Month for Valley City Jr High School are Hunter Olstad, Brelynn Komrosky, Tabatha Branum, and Erik Milender. The criteria for selection is being a hardworking student, respect for staff and peers, and involvement in school activities.

Hunter Olstad, 7th grade, is the son of Mike and Jackie Olstad. His favorite subjects in school are social studies and science. Involvement in extracurricular activities are tennis, golf, and theater. Hunter’s hobbies are drama, science, and tennis.

Garden with your kids

May 15, 2012

If you want to spend some high-quality time with your children, look no farther than your backyard or community garden.

Gardening with your children offers an opportunity to relax, be active and have fun together while preparing them for life.

The National Gardening Association surveyed garden program leaders and found that gardening improves the following characteristics in children:

*Environmental attitudes
*Self-confidence
*Social skills
*Leadership skills
*Nutritional attitudes
*Scholastic achievement

VCACA ending after 46 years

May 15, 2012

The Valley City Area Concert Association had its very last concert Thursday, May 10, and has ended as an organization. “A total decapitation of our executive board combined with a shrinking and aging audience and increasing costs it’s just been harder and harder to make these concerts happen,” explained Wes Anderson, who is a volunteer member of the concert association board.

Their last of many concerts usually held in VCSU’s Vangstad Auditorium or Froemke Auditorium featured “METALES M5,” Mexico’s finest young brass quintet whose members live in and around Mexico City.

Water board to float drain plans

May 15, 2012

NOME – The Barnes County Water Resource District Board met Monday with an agenda that included the Thordenskjold Drain Assessment District in the southeast portion of the county and a proposed outlet on Ten Mile Lake in the northwestern section of the county.

The assessment district for the Thordenskjold drain near Nome has grown from less than 8,000 acres to 23,400 acres.

May 14th

Old Fashioned Saturday Night in Enderlin

May 14, 2012

Remember when Saturday Night in your hometown was a big deal? Everyone came to town to meet up with friends and enjoy visiting, shopping, dancing, eating, and cruising!

May 13th

Auto tech students place at state competition

May 13, 2012

Two local mechanics have shown the state, AAA and the Ford Motor Company they know their way around an automobile.

Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center Students Brandon Compson and Dillon Baasch were at the West Fargo Fairgrounds with their automotive technology instructor Jim McFadgen to compete in the state finals of the 2012 Ford AAA Student Automotive Skills competition. The pair took second place for their efforts.

Tech center director Jeff Bopp said he received a picture from McFadgen on his phone of the winning team.

VCEA names Pedersen “Friend of Education”

May 13, 2012

A Valley City man was honored by the Valley City Education Association as the 2011 “Friend of Education” at Wednesday night’s teacher appreciation banquet at Valley City High School.

Local carpenter and Vietnam war veteran Dean Pedersen received the award, which is given to people who support education in extraordinary ways without being an employee of the district.

Pedersen, who was blinded by a hand grenade during the war, speaks to the freshman English classes during their unit on Vietnam.

Children, friends will miss Opatz

May 13, 2012

Family and friends described the late Jodi Kvien Opatz in numerous ways-- caring compassionate and protective. “She would do anything for me,” said her son Jaustin, 10.

Opatz passed away Friday, only two days before she was to celebrate Mother’s Day with Jaustin, his brother Jaiden, 15, and sister Jara, 13.

On a Facebook page created in memory of Opatz, her eldest son Jaiden wished her a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. Others shared their memories, one recalling her beautiful smile.

May 11th

Fire & Rescue Squad Recovers Woman’s Body From Sheyenne River in Valley City

May 11, 2012

VALLEY CITY (NewsDakota.com) Authorities say a Valley City woman died today after she went into the Sheyenne River. The woman’s body was recovered in the river by Barnes County and Valley City Fire and Rescue Squad members Friday morning around 8:30.

Fire Chief Gary Retterath says members from the Valley City public works department working on lift station number one saw a woman in the river about 8:20 Friday morning.

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