January 21st, 2013
Bonnie Jo Hanson/Times-Record
More than 150 athletes from around the state converged on Valley City for the Special Olympics Winter Games on Friday and Saturday. Athletes were led into the Valley City Auditorium for the opening ceremony Friday by local law enforcement and firefighters. Look for more on the Special Olympics Tuesday in the Times-Record.
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The library at Jefferson Elementary School was packed with excited kindergartners and first-graders as they waited for folk singer-songwriter Dennis Warner to start his first song.
â€śInch by inch, row. Gonna make this garden grow.â€ť he sang as the children chimed in.
After graduating seven seniors and getting a new coach for this season, the Barnes County North girls basketball team has had plenty of new faces, and with them, a few struggles along the way.
But on the final day of the 2013 Barnes County Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, the Bison felt the joy of victory for the first time this season, beating Griggs County Central 34-31 in the seventh place game.
As far as Maple Valley High School coach Jeff Miller is concerned, there are few post players with the offensive skill set of Rylee Nudell.
"When she gets the ball facing the basket, there are not too many people out there who can stop her," Miller said about the freshman, who scored her 1,000th point earlier this month. "She's got an extremely explosive first step, so she can get by that one defender, and if that help-side defense isn't there right away, and even if it is there, she can maneuver herself around them to make the layup, and a lot of times get fouled in the process."
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The Maple Valley High School girls basketball team had another close game in its rivalry with Valley City Saturday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, but ultimately the Raiders did what they needed to, beating the Hi-Liners 46-43 in overtime to win their second straight Barnes County Girls Basketball Tournament championship.
It was the second consecutive time year the teams have met in the championship game, with Maple Valley getting the win both times after losing to Valley City in overtime earlier in the year.
Note: The Barnes County girls basketball tournament will resume Saturday at noon. For live scoring, follow Scott Schlaufman on Twitter (@ScottySchlauf) and check out Facebook.com/VCTimesRecord. We'll also be updating scores here at Times-Online.com as the games continue. Brackets and box scores follow the story.
The 2013 Barnes County Girls Tournament championship game will have a familiar feel to it.
For the second straight year, Maple Valley and Valley City High Schools will meet Saturday afternoon to determine the Barnes County Tournament championship.
Iâ€™m not a Catholic nor am I a criminal. Yet here I stand in an invisible confessional bearing my soul. In this life I wish to teach as much as I learn. I learned, for instance, sometime during the flood of 2009 never to set my keys on the shelf in a porta-pottie because itâ€™s really not a shelf at all. If you look closely at the shelves in porta-potties they have a single hole in them. I learned it is not a shelf but rather a urinal. The hole has a purpose. The keys have since been washed. Trust me. I confessed that to you because I appreciate humor.
Barnes County officials held an informative meeting with representatives from Stutsman and Richland Counties and Independent Emergency Services, a provider of 9-1-1 networks and equipment, on Wednesday to discuss options and costs for replacing the countyâ€™s aged 9-1-1 equipment.
The assessment on the City Auditorium came back lower than city officials had hoped, putting plans on hold for selling the building, City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday.
Vanguard assessed the building at $178,500, an amount that will delay plans for the city to sell the Audi.
The Valley City City Commission decided in September to sell the Audi to an interested buyer who met the criteria. City commissioners approved one of two plans presented to them in November. Berkel Properties had presented the city with a plan to repurpose the Audi and make it apartment buildings.
Dakota Rose Floral will open in their new location at 1125 West Main Street Monday, employee Kathy Jacobson said.
The new location is a bigger facility with more parking space that will allow the business to accommodate their recent staff expansion and consolidation with another flower show.
â€śWeâ€™re busing at the seams at this smaller place,â€ť Jacobson said.
In September Deb White, owner of Dakota Rose Floral, bought all inventory from Bloom N Crafts Floral, owned by Kathy Jacobson.