November 28th, 2012
Valley Cityâ€™s annual home decorating and business decorating contests for the holiday seasons sponsored by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce have kicked off, said Kay Vinje, office administrator for the Chamber and Valley City-Barnes County Development Corp.
Vinje said Tuesday the Chamber is now asking for nominations for entries in the two contests.
â€śAnybody can call in and nominate their own home or business or somebody elseâ€™s.â€ť
St. Catherineâ€™s Christmas Concert is a traditional way that people in Valley City start the holiday season, according to Christopher Redfearn, Director of Choral Activities at Valley City State University.
The free concert will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Catherineâ€™s Church in Valley City.
â€śAs soon as you hit December, everybodyâ€™s schedule just becomes very crazy,â€ť Redfearn said. â€śWe like putting this concert early in the season so that people can get into the holiday spirit.â€ť
The Barnes County Food Pantry is appreciative of all the local efforts from businesses, churches, schools, churches and individuals who have helped so far this season, but is still in need of food and monetary donations.
Jo Ann Korf, site manager for the Senior Citizen Center which operates the food pantry, said Monday dollar donations and more food are still needed.
Korf said the demand for services has increased in recent months, â€śand our fund is down.â€ť
Barnes County Commissioners appointed Beth Didier as county auditor during a special meeting on Monday.
Didier, who lives near Eckelson, is currently employed at the Valley City USDA office as a rural development loan specialist. Didier has a business degree from Valley City State University and worked at the Barnes County Auditorâ€™s office as deputy auditor for nine years. In 2002, Didier ran for the office of auditor but was unsuccessful. This will be a homecoming for Didier, she said.
LEFT: This stack of logs will be put into the Sheyenne River bank near City Park as part of a riverbank stabilization project that uses bioengineering.
RIGHT: Crews from Star Enterprises stack logs on top of rocks and fabric as part of a riverbank stabilization project.
When Valley City State University assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Horner found out earlier this year that he had been nominated to received 2012 NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year award, he was humbled but didn't necessarily keep it at the forefront of his mind.
"That, to me, really was the was the end of it," Horner said. "I never really thought that it would go on and I'd end up being named the guy."
Turns out, the nomination from VCSU head coach Dennis McCulloch wasn't the end of it.
Two games in two days at the Dickinson State University Milanovich Basketball Classic yielded two wins for Valley City State University as they pushed their overall record to 5-1 on the season.
In their second game with the Blue Eagles in a week, VCSU's Brittany Lehner led the Vikings to a 61-52 win over DSU Saturday to close out the tournament. Lehner scored 16 points on 5-8 shooting from the floor and also went 6-10 from the free-throw line.
Iâ€™m considering making an offer to Hollywood or Fargo-whichever one takes me up on it first Iâ€™m supposing. That husband of mine witnesses the things that happen and surely my girlfriends hear about it. Iâ€™ve been meaning to ask my doctor If there is anything written in the medical journals about certain bodies being accident prone and magnets to the not-so-common of occurrences. If itâ€™s not written yet I offer myself up to science.
In just a few weeks, local law enforcement will be hosting the Santa, Cops and Kids program for area children who have experienced hardships over the past year.
The annual event, originally scheduled for Dec. 10, will be held on Dec. 17.
Law enforcement officials from various local, county and state agencies will come together to share an evening of shopping and holiday fun with these children.
The biggest cattle show in North Dakota begins in Valley City on Thursday at the Winter Show Event Center.
The North Star Classic kicks off on Thursday afternoon with a BBQ social for vendors and entrants and continues through Dec. 2.
Numbers for the cattle show are up, according to Winter Show board member Dawn Riley. Contestants should note, shows that had previously been held on Thursday, including the pen show, will be held on Saturday this year. The open show will be held on Friday.