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May 3rd, 2012

Madeline Luke runs for VC city commissioner

May 3, 2012

The June 12 city election will see five candidates vying for two City Commissioner seats vacated by George Dutton and Jon Wagar. This week, the T-R will interview all five candidates to provide a better look at those seeking office and their take on the issues facing Valley City. Going alphabetically, the fourth interviewee is candidate Madeline Luke.

Madeline Luke Occupation: Physician since 1982, moved to Valley City in 1984

Education: College in Boston, Mass., medical school in Rhode Island and trained in New York City

Sheyenne State Forest hike set for Saturday

May 3, 2012

The Sheyenne River Valley Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is hosting a morning hike to the Mineral Springs waterfall in the Sheyenne State Forest on Saturday, May 5, and they’d like to invite you along.

President Deb Koepplin welcomed anyone who would like a few hours of outdoor activity on the easy-to-moderate trail to meet in the Rosebud Visitor’s Center parking lot at 9 a.m. to carpool, or meet at the Sheyenne State Forest trailhead at 10 a.m.

The annual hiking excursion is usually well-attended, according to Koepplin.

May 2nd

Gardening has health benefits

May 2, 2012

As I walked around our backyard, I noticed that our rose bushes and various perennial plants are becoming green and lush. The tulip and daffodil bulbs have sprouted, dotting our landscape with flowers in shades of red and yellow. After our mild winter, I am mapping out our container gardens and flower beds.

Yes, I like growing things. After all, “Garden” is my middle name. I couldn’t resist saying that.

Students name van Gijssel ‘Teacher of the Year,’ again

May 2, 2012

Valley City State University Associate Professor Hilde van Gijssel has once again been named the “Teacher of the Year” by the VCSU Student Senate.

The annual award is given to professors who demonstrate dedication to students with innovative teaching methods and continued professional development.

While teaching in the science department, Van Gijssel is also taking classes in the university’s Masters of Education program with an emphasis on technology education. She said spending time as a student helps make her a better teacher.

April busy for emergencies

May 2, 2012

Three people are heroes after risking their lives saving strangers in what turned out to be a busy month of April for law enforcement and emergency responders.

On the evening of April 17, Valley City High School senior Austin Ross happened upon a rollover accident on the 800 block of Fifth Street Northwest. Ross freed the driver who was restrained by a seatbelt by cutting it with scissors.

Arthur Friese runs for city commission

May 2, 2012

The June 12 city election will see five candidates vying for two City Commissioner seats vacated by George Dutton and Jon Wagar. This week, the T-R will interview all five candidates to provide a better look at those seeking office and their take on the issues facing Valley City. Going alphabetically, the third interviewee is candidate Arthur Friese.

Arthur Friese

Occupation: Currently employed at Pizza Corner, has held the position for five years

Education: VCHS graduate

Family: Wife Ashley, two kids and one on the way

Organizations: Treasurer of Community Action Headstart

May 1st

Ken Evenson runs for VC city commission

May 1, 2012

The June 12 city election will see five candidates vying for two City Commissioner seats vacated by George Dutton and Jon Wagar. This week, the T-R will interview all five candidates to provide a better look at those seeking office and their take on the issues facing Valley City. Going alphabetically, the second interviewee is candidate Ken Evenson.

Ken Evenson
Occupation: (Retired) electrical lineman for Cass County Electric, 20-plus years, and for City of Valley City, 20-plus years. Resident of Valley City for over 50 years.

Family: Wife Dotty, daughter Debbie and son Jeffrey.

Awards, inductions and scholarships at VCHS

May 1, 2012

The Hi-Liners donned their dapperest duds for the 2012 Valley City High School Awards Banquet in the VCHS Theater in the high school on Monday night.

The evening saw several dozen students receive awards and scholarships and the induction of members in to the National Honor Society and the Minerva Chapter of the National Honor Society.

PD chief field down to 5

May 1, 2012

The city of Valley City has narrowed their search for a new Chief of Police to three out-of-state and two local candidates, according to City Administrator and hiring committee member David Schelkopf. Mark McDonald, Doug Kiefert, Fred Thompson, Patricia Nowak and Ryan Evans have been selected for final in-person interviews to take place from May 8 to 15.

“Any one of the people on this list would be a fine candidate for Valley City,” Schelkopf said. “Now we just have to drill them and pick the best one.”

April 30th

Sophia Ann snaps into photography world

April 30, 2012

Rachel Goerke officially opened Sophia Ann Photography in September 2011 after moving to Valley City from California, and is looking to make a name for herself in the portrait business. But whose name is it?

“Sophia was the first cat I ever owned, and I’ve always loved that name,” Goerke said. “And my middle name is Ann, so I thought we’d do something fun and cute.”

Originally from the East Bay area, an hour inland from San Francisco, Goerke was studying to be pre-med with dreams of becoming a pediatrician, but found a different path calling her.

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