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May 4th, 2012

Blonde On The Prairie: Maybe life isn’t supposed to be so comfortable

May 4, 2012

Last week I sat with butterflies photographing and sharing them. I rode my vintage John Deere bike up my prairie road in utter bliss –as if I was riding in an animated Disney movie. The butterflies fluttered all around me as I sat at my blossoming cherry tree thanking them for choosing me to spend time with.

Mary Lee Nielson runs for VC city commission

May 4, 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 final interviewee is candidate Mary Lee Nielson.

Mary Lee Nielson

Hole-in-one sunk in VC

May 4, 2012

A Valley City native sunk the 29th hole-in-one at Bjornson Public Golf Course on Wednesday.

Tom Kellogg said the experience was “Quite a trip.

“I was golfing with a co-worker out here, when we got to Hole 2 he had a 5-iron and he hit it too far and I had a 7, so I figured I might club up to a 6. When I hit it, it looked kind of short but the way it bounced we both new it was on the green.”

When the two drove up to the green in their golf cart, they had trouble finding Kellogg’s shot. His fellow golfer suggested it might have gone in the hole, and Kellogg thought he was joking.

May 3rd

Impact World Tour hits VC

May 3, 2012

Youth With A Mission will be offering a banquet on the Impact World Tour on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the St. Catherine’s Elementary School Gym.
“Feel free to bring your spouse or friends,” Executive Director of Faith In Action at Mercy Hospital Vicki Grafing said in an email. Faith in Action is a part of the community faith leadership that is bringing in YWAM’s Impact World Tour.

“We will have a great praise band playing a couple songs; you’ll see the powerpoint presentation of what IWT is.”

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

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