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May 15th, 2012

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.

Weekend weather looks promising

May 11, 2012

National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Rogers in Grand Forks said Thursday after a week of wildly ranging weather, the weekend is looking like it will shape up nicely.

“Looks like a good weekend overall,” said Rogers. “Precipitation-wise we’re going to be dry all weekend, region-wide, not just in the Valley City area.”

Man walking across U.S. finds despair, resilience

May 11, 2012

Bruce Maynard from Bellingham, Wash., says he is used to a “pretty good living.”

“I like five-star restaurants; I like cruises around the world; I like a beautiful home and my gorgeous ocean-going yacht, all those kinds of things, not to mention my gorgeous wife,” he said as he walked across Eckelson Lake on County Road 22. “So in the last 24 months, I have lost everything.”

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