November 8th, 2012
Whenever I meet someone and tell them what I do for a living, there's always a bit of curiosity about just why I do what I do. What is it about sports writing that's always kept me pursing this career since I was a sophomore in high school?
For the most part, it's always been the same thing â sports generally make people happy.
Other sections in the paper might be filled with death, destruction and murder, but sports writing is ultimately about one team that won a game, one team that lost a game, and the athletic prowess that made the difference.
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A total of 79 people volunteered to donate blood, and 66 were able to give during Valley Cityâs blood drive. Fourteen people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 80 products were collected. One of the donors gave for their first time.
Shirley Dykshoorn is looking for Barnes County residents to apply for grants to help them recover from 2011 flooding damages, she said Wednesday.
Barnes County was awarded a Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant, designed to help various communities and residents to recover from the 2011 flood disaster in North Dakota, said Kimberly Franklin, director of Barnes County Emergency Management.
Dykshoorn said Wednesday Barnes County has been allocated $93,909.31 to assist homeowners to rehabilitate their flood-damaged homes.
The Barnes County Commissioners addressed city concerns regarding changes to the countyâs 911 system at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Valley City City Administrator was present to address the cityâs concerns in regards to the county taking over 911 operations after contracting with the city for 911 operations for more than 20 years.
In other business the County Commission agreed to publish the deadline for applying for county board appointments as Mon. November 26.
Many of the houses surrounding Valley City State University were built long ago with character and detail that isnât found anymore in modern homes. Some of these homes, which have housed generations of families, will soon be torn down.
In an effort to preserve the history of the homes, the Barnes County Historical Society, in conjunction with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, is documenting the homes that were bought out in the first phase of Valley Cityâs flood buyout program.
âMy freezer went out. What food can I save?â my caller asked.
She wasnât sure how long her appliance had been out of commission.
The food was warm to the touch, so most of the food could not be salvaged. Her tightly wrapped frozen bread was safe, especially because no meat juice had dripped on the packages. Her fully thawed meat, poultry and fish were not safe after thawing and sitting for an undetermined amount of time. High-protein foods are especially perishable.
Unfortunately, I have had this sort of phone call many times in my career.
Barnes County Commissioners addressed city concerns regarding changes to the countyâs 911 system at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Due to a small clerical error, the Valley City city commission rejected all bids for the Main Street riverbank restoration project, and the project will be put up for rebidding.
The error was in the bid notification publication done by the South Central Dakota Regional Council. The project was originally put up for bid Aug. 31, and the new bid will be awarded later this month.
Chad Petersen of city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson said the city needs to consider that the new bids may have additional costs associated with the colder weather.
There are some coaches that load up on easy games to start the season.
But Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky isn't one of those coaches.
His team opened the season last weekend, going 1-1 against a pair of top 10-ranked teams in the NAIA and this weekend the Vikings will play at NCAA Division 1 North Dakota State University.
"A lot of good teams will try to play seven, eight, nine, ten games to rack up some wins early," Kaminsky said. "I like to challenge ourselves, and we have that. This first month of scheduling, we have one tough challenge after another.
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Top: Second-graders at Jefferson Elementary School held a Veteranâs Day musical program called âAmericans We, a Celebration of the People, by the People, for the Peopleâ under the direction of music teacher Karen Askerooth.
Bottom Left: Students from Mrs. Beckerâs class sang the song âDeclarationâ during the Veteranâs Day program. Here Preet Patel, from left to right, Kierra Vaughn, Robert Fischer, Emmalee Jones, Faith King, and Wade Hatcher each hold a âDeclaration of Independenceâ during the song.
Bottom Right: Carly Goven