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Clay S. Jenkinson left North Dakota in 1973 for college, and while he visited frequently, he didnâ€™t move back to his beloved home for 25 years. The North Dakota he left had changed, it was not the same â€śclunky wheat state of his youth.â€ť
Jenkinson had changed too.
â€śAm I still a North Dakotan?â€ť he asked himself in the essay â€śClay Jenkinson: a Native Sonâ€™s Letter from the Plains,â€ť one in a book of Jenkinsonâ€™s essays that began as columns in the Bismarck Tribune.
TOP: Valley City High Schoolâ€™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.
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 Forwardâ€™s Deb Kohler decided to pass the torch after three years of chairing the event for the bank.
During the American Cancer Societyâ€™s 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.
â€śThe opening day (Feb. 9) weâ€™ll be at the basketball gameâ€ť at Valley City State University, and a booth will be set up at one of the grocery stores in Valley City.
â€śThe girls are allowed to go door-to-door to sell the cookies, so youâ€™ll probably see a lot of that coming up,â€ť 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, â€śWe encourage you to also bring some friends along with you who havenâ€™t been here in a while.â€ť
Chamber Office Administrator Kay Vinje said this yearâ€™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.
KLJ, Valley Cityâ€™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.
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-offâ€™s to the 2013 North Dakota Winter Show.
Winter Show Manager Dawn Riley said Monday this yearâ€™s 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.
The Department of Transportation has a funding shortfall within its urban roads construction program, which is what Valley City uses to help finance construction projects that qualify.
Typically, the North Dakota DOT receives around $240 million per year from the federal government, but this year theyâ€™re funded at about $108 million, Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said Friday.
The NDDOT distributes the funds they receive from Washington, D.C. to qualified communities in the state that need funds to assist financing constructions programs.
Special to Times-Record
Barnes County students prepare for annual Spelling Bee on Feb. 4th at VCSU.
The 35th Annual Barnes County Spelling Bee will be held on Feb 4th at Valley City State Universityâ€™s Student Center.
Area schools will have a top speller competing in each of the two divisions: grades 5-6, Division II and grades 7-8, Division III. Barnes County spellers will compete in a written and an oral section. The top two spellers overall will represent Barnes County on March 22nd at the ND State Spelling Bee in Bismarck.