July 2nd, 2012
When times get tough for Valley City Babe Ruth pitcher Nate Rodriguez, his main goal is to avoid getting in a rut mentally.
â€śWhat (head coach) Lance (Lukes) always tells me is to keep my head up and keep it clear,â€ť Rodriguez said.
It was an outlook that came in handy in an 11-1 win Monday in the first game of a double header sweep over Lisbon.
After getting the first three batters out in succession, Rodriguez finished the next three innings with the bases loaded for the final out, but allowed only one run to score.
Major League Baseballâ€™s All-Star Game is July 10th and the rosters are set. Each year, comparing my All-Stars with the actual rosters is fun and interesting. No sense in wasting any time. Having not looked at the rosters yet, weâ€™ll begin with my National League All-Star team. After revealing my team, weâ€™ll scope out the real All-Star team, compare and contrast, Iâ€™ll defend my picks, and weâ€™ll do the same for the American League (which will be the topic of discussion next week). All stats used are as of games completed through June 30, 2012.
Mercy Hospital Administrator Keith Heuser said Friday â€śoverall Iâ€™m pleasedâ€ť that the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the federal Affordable Care Act â€śas intended with changes in penalties.â€ť
Heuser said â€śthere are areas that need work, but when it comes to protecting people, there is a lot of good in the law. It allows people to access health care without fear of not being able to pay.â€ť
He said preventive care without co-pays that are part of the new law might help cut costs of treating diseases caught early or nipped in the bud by preventive care.
The liquidation sale at Pamida that started last Monday marks the first step in converting Pamida to a Shopko Hometown store. About 90 percent of the storeâ€™s items are on sale ranging from 10 to 30 percent off regular price. The sale is an effort to clear out existing merchandise to make way for Shopkoâ€™s enhanced merchandising mix.
Independence Day is just a couple days away, and after the barbecues, road trips and parties, the fireworks are the main event.
And with them, come the annual fireworks safety reminders and warnings.
Two weeks ago the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its Fireworks Report, which shows that in 2010 alone, an estimated 15,500 fires and 8,600 emergency room visits were caused by consumer fireworks.
The NFPA is now teaming with the American Academy of Pediatrics and 21 other state and national organizations to form the â€śAlliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks (ASCF).â€ť
July tends to be crunch time for American Legion baseball teams, and the Valley City Post 60 baseball team sees it no differently.
In the next three weeks, Post 60 will only play sectional opponents as it concludes the regular season. The team will then play in the Section 1 tournament starting July 24, and potentially the state tournament, which starts August 1.
With that in mind, the team didnâ€™t stress out too much in its 15-3 loss to Kindred Sunday in the third place game of the Leevers Classic tournament at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
Three players from the Fargo-Moorhead area will be continuing their baseball careers at Valley City State University next year.
VCSU coach Casey Olney announced Sunday that three players from Minnesota State Community and Technical Collegeâ€” Bryce Venaas, Anthony Myer, and Cole Honl â€” have signed with the team and will transfer to VCSU for the 2013 season. All three are originally from the Fargo-Moorhead area.
A small chance of rain might offer a brief respite from the heat on Saturday, but a lack of winds will make for a humid Sunday if it does fall.
Today will be hot and dry with a high temperature of around 89 degrees, but the area will see a 20 percent chance of rain beginning this evening that will carry over to a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the day on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service graphical forecast data.
Vince Godon, a NWS meteorologist in Grand Forks, said if the weather does get wet on Saturday itâ€™s hard to tell how much will fall.
Thanks to a local farmer, Barnes County 4-H Council was awarded $2,500 from Monsantoâ€™s Americaâ€™s Farmers Grow Communities Grant.Â
Ellen Bjelland, Barnes Countyâ€™s 4-H extension agent, said that soybean farmers can nominate their favorite non-profit organizations to receive grants from Monsanto. Thirty-nine states participate in this grant program, and of all the nominations that come from a particular county, Monsanto selects one to receive the grant.
Bjelland said Monsanto is the largest chemical company in the world. They are the company that produces Roundup herbicide products.
The Barnes County Municipal Airport, located one mile north of Valley City, will be the site for the Wings and Wheels AirShow with gates opening at 10 a.m. Sept. 8.
Terry Gortmaker, who runs the â€śshow and shineâ€ť portion of the AirShow, said Thursday performers have now been lined up for the event.
Those whoâ€™ve agreed to perform are Matt Younkin, Jim â€śFangâ€ť Maroney, Warren Pietsch, Rex Hammarback, Toby McPherson and the Fargo Skydivers, Gortmaker said.