January 7th, 2013
On Friday, Dec. 14, an armed gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Conn. and killed 26 people, including 20 first-graders.
Since then, faculty and staff at area schools have taken a hard look at their own plans of response should such violence erupt in their own hallways.
Teachers and other staff at Washington Elementary School met Thursday with Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson to discuss the schoolâ€™s current emergency plan and how to improve it.
Jeff Bopp, director of the Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center, is thrilled with the donation of 10 new state-of-the-art welding helmets from the John Deere Seeding Co.
The program received a total of 10 auto darkening Speedglass 3M welding helmets.
Bopp said the helmets feature a lens that is totally clear but the instant an arc is struck the lens turns dark to prevent a welding flash and likewise the lens instantly becomes clear as soon as the welding arc stops.
As the clock wound down in the Valley City High School girls basketball team's 55-51 win over St. Mary's Saturday at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, junior Dierra Diegel consistently found herself in a high pressure situation.
Not only was she playing the final five minutes of the second half with four fouls, but of the Hi-Liners' final eight free throws in the game, Diegel took six.
"I knew those free throws were going to count, so I was thinking, 'I've got to make these. I've got to put them in, separate it, make it so they don't have any last second chance to win the game," Diegel said.
The Valley City State University mens basketball team has spent the entire season adapting to the injuries sustained by various team members.
Friday, in the team's 78-67 win over NCAA Division III's University of Minnesota â€” Morris, the Vikings were short their tall post player Gus Kuebler, who isn't injured, but had the night off as the team readies for a key stretch of the season.
With Kuebler out of the lineup, VCSU coach Jeff Kaminsky encouraged his guards to help grab rebounds, and more than anyone, senior John Raquel responded.
Wednesday, January 9
Story hour will be held at the Valley City-Barnes County Public Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Sam Stover will be the guest speaker.
Friday, January 11
Full Nelson Karaoke will be held from 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Valley City American Legion Club rooms. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event supports Legion Baseball.
Wednesday, January 16
Story hour will be held at the Valley City-Barnes County Public Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Avis Ritcher will be the guest speaker.
Friday, January 18
This prairie branded me. I used to be just a girl trying to find myself. This prairie gave me a purpose. It wasnâ€™t a planned purpose. I never aspired to be â€śThe Blonde on the Prairie.â€ť In fact â€“if you would have told me Iâ€™d be called that I may have just walked away talking under my breath. Some guy named â€śBruceâ€ť gave me the name after he printed the first or second column I ever wrote. I only met him once yet the impact he has had on my life is epic. Something like nine years have passed since he first printed that name.
The City of Valley City has closed the shooting range that was located in the basement of the Law Enforcement Center building, City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday.
â€śWe closed it (in December) because we had the Department of Health come in and they did a test; they told us they believe thereâ€™s too much lead inside the shooting area,â€ť Schelkoph said. â€śTo be safe rather than sorry we closed it down.â€ť
Henrietta Dotting sat in a recliner in her room at the Sheyenne Care Center as she contemplated the significance of turning 107 on Jan. 4. â€śItâ€™s not a big deal!â€ť she said to her nephew Duane Farnquist.
â€śIt is a big deal!â€ť he replied.
Indeed, Dotting doesnâ€™t attribute her longevity to anything she did or didnâ€™t do. Her mother lived to 94, so it could be biological.
At 106, Dotting is still sharp-minded. Even though her eyesight is nearly gone, she still spends many hours listening to books on tapes through a pair of headphones that Farnquist had to remove.
Editor's note: 2012 was my first full calendar year as a staff member of the Times-Record, and what a year it was. Barnes County saw championships on both the state and national levels, and even the teams that fell just short gave fans a heck of a ride. Although there were too many sports stories to choose from, I worked with other members of the editorial staff to choose this list of 10 biggest happenings in local sports from the last year. With any abbreiviated list, there is sure to be a bit of disagreement.
Preschool children today are surrounded by violence. Much of the violence that children are exposed to is through television and other screen time. According to data from the Nielson Company, pre-schoolers ages two to five spend 32.5 hours a week in front of the television, watching TV, watching shows recorded by DVR, watching DVDs or playing video games.