June 25th, 2012
At 6 feet, 6 inches tall, Ty Buttrey stands well over his grandmother, Valley Cityâ€™s Jacquette â€śKettaâ€ť Stricklin.
Side by side, Kettaâ€™s head hardly reaches her grandsonâ€™s shoulder.
â€śHe didnâ€™t get the height from me,â€ť she jokes.
His response is more matter-of-fact.
â€śI got the athletic ability from you,â€ť he quickly responds.
Buttrey, who graduated from high school earlier this month in North Carolina, was ranked by Baseball America as the #38 prospect in the Major League Baseball draft, which took place earlier this month.
BISMARCK, N.D. â€“ In what Richard Betting, of People to Save the Sheyenne, calls a blow to government transparency in North Dakota, the State Water Commission will no longer allow citizens to call in and listen to SWC meetings.
David Laschkewitsch, director of administrative services for the SWC, said Friday that there are several reasons for the move, mainly that the commissionâ€™s phone technology is not conducive to the process.
â€śWe have no interest in hiding anything,â€ť he said. â€śThat is not our desire: to make it more difficult.â€ť
BISMARCK, N.D. â€“ The fate of the Sheyenne and Red River Valleys are in one manâ€™s hands: State Engineer Todd Sando.
On Friday, Richard Betting of the People to Save the Sheyenne and Valley City City Commissioner Madeline Luke of the Ad Hoc Downstream Group presented testimony to Sando at a hearing on the permit that would allow the newly constructed outlet on the east end of Devils Lake to operate. The outlet would drain into the Sheyenne River, which feeds into the Red River of the North and runs into Canada.
For some itâ€™s a chance to remember, others a reason to celebrate, but every step taken at the Barnes County Relay for Life was a step toward finding a cure for cancer.
â€śThe world with less cancer and more birthdays gets closer with every Relay for Life event,â€ť said emcee Paul Leier during the opening ceremony.
Funds raised from the event go to the American Cancer Society, which sponsors Relay for Life, to find cures and fight back against cancer, team developer Carol Grenz said.
â€śRally for the Cureâ€ť approaching
The Valley City Town and Country Club will be hosting the â€śRally for the Cureâ€ť golf tournament Wednesday.
The tournament is a two-person scramble starting at noon. The $50 fee includes 18 holes, muffins, door prizes, dinner, a $20 donation to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, and more.
There will also be a quilt raffle in conjunction with the event.
To register call Susan Jorissen at 840-0165 or Debb Bjornson at 840-1088, or visit events.rallyforthecure.com/VCTCC.
Babe Ruth sweeps double header
As the clock passed 9 p.m. Friday and darkness started to replace the natural light at Charlie Brown Memorial Field, the Valley City Post 60 baseball team had two goals.
First â€” Get through the fifth inning of its second game that night with Galchutt. Second â€” Scrap a few runs together and get the win.
By the time the game finished roughly 20 minutes later, both tasks were complete as the team, which played as the visitor on the score board in the second game, won 4-3 after scoring three runs in the top of the fifth.
Thereâ€™s quite an age difference between long-time Valley City resident Jacquette â€śKettaâ€ť Stricklin, 84, her grandson, Ty Buttrey, a recent high school graduate in North Carolina.
Besides genetics, the two have at least one thing in common â€” an uncanny ability on the diamond.
Stricklin celebrates her 85th birthday Saturday, and Ty Buttrey will be among those making the trip up to celebrate.
The Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team plays plenty of double headers throughout its season, but Thursdayâ€™s home games at Charlie Brown Memorial Field had a slight twist on the formula.
Rather than playing one opponent twice, Post 60 beat Great Bend 6-2, then immediately played Wahpeton in a 12-0 loss.
â€śItâ€™s kind of like playing in a tournament,â€ť said Valley City coach Jason Beilke. â€śItâ€™s two games in a row with two different teams.â€ť
The two games, both of which were rescheduled from earlier in the season, ended up being played differently.
Post 60 games starting earlier
After having games with Wahpeton and Enderlin postponed earlier this week, the Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team will resume its season today with a double header against Great Bend.
The double header was rescheduled from June 7. The first game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start with game two set for 6 p.m.
Post 60 also plays Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Galchutt.
Babe Ruth splits double header
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team split a double header in LaMoure Tuesday.
If you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was 5 I would have told you I wanted to be a penguin breeder. It wasnâ€™t until I turned 17 that I knew for a fact I wanted to be the television weather girl. Now that Iâ€™m ripe and nearly 46 I have an insatiable desire to teach as much as I learn and I want to do it living.