April 16th, 2012
Valley City High School senior Paul Viland only has a certain amount of focus on the state track and field meet this early in the season.
Heâ€™ll likely make the cut sooner or later.
Instead, the pole vaulter has a number on his mind â€” 13 feet, 4 inches.
â€śThat will break the school record by an inch,â€ť he said.
Itâ€™s the ultimate goal for the senior, who picked up pole vaulting in middle school and is continually breaking his personal best in the event.
Kris Kitko, a singer, songwriter, humorist, activist, educator, storyteller, activist, and more, entertained an audience at the Vangstad Auditorium at Valley City State University.
â€śA troubadour for troubled timesâ€ť as she bills herself, Kitko hit on topics that ranged from womenâ€™s issues to politics with a comedic yet poignant flair.
â€śI spent about three and a half years here,â€ť Kitko said prior to the concert, in which she played a love song dedicated to Valley City as her opening number.
â€śI had to do that just so you know weâ€™re all friends here,â€ť she told the crowd.
Spring is the perfect time for cleaning and re-organizing your home, and even holding a garage sale to get rid of excess clutter. But what if, in your spring cleaning adventures, you find yourself with more trash than treasure?
The City of Valley City has you covered.
As part of Spring Cleanup Week 2012, running today through Friday, the cityâ€™s sanitation department will accept large volumes of household and some yard waste for no extra pickup fee.
April is the Month of the Military Child, and programs were held at Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools Friday afternoon to recognize students and several faculty members who have parents, siblings, aunts uncles or cousins serving in the military.
Major Anna Wittrock of the local Army National Guard Unit, second from right, presents Jake Tangen with a â€śTrue Patriot Awardâ€ť certificate for having a family member who is currently serving in the military. Jakeâ€™s brother is currently deployed in Afghanistan, and will be overseas until October.
Valley City Dr. Genevieve Goven has been appointed to a term on the North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
Local medical historian Paul Vangerud said Friday Goven is the first Valley City doctor to serve on the board since Dr. Neil McDonald served on the board for eight years in the 1970s.
â€śItâ€™s really quite an honor,â€ť said Goven Friday.
The Valley City Community Gardens will have a 2012 membership meeting on Monday, April 16 at the Valley City High School cafeteria at 7 p.m.
North Dakota State University Extension Service agent Ellen Bjelland said there were seven 20-by-20 foot plots available on Thursday. The total cost to use the plots from April 15 through October 15 is $40.
"The $10 is refundable if you clean off your lot in the fall, and the $30 is not refundable, that's to cover water, plastic pathways," she said.
Valley City Auditor Avis Richter received the Innovator Award at the Municipal Government Academy awards ceremony during the North Dakota League of Citiesâ€™ ninth annual workshop held March 20-22 in Bismarck.
Thursday Richter said she received the award for specialized training she received both through the league of cities and the Municipal Finance Officers Association.
â€śIt is for training I receive throughout the year,â€ť Richter said.
Clausen Springs has one more hurdle to jump before the park can be returned to its former glory.
The Barnes County Park Board has hired Kadrmas Lee and Jackson to do the engineering for repairs to approximately 2 miles of road in the park from the entrance to the dam. The road was demolished during construction on the dam that wrapped up late last summer.
KLJ engineer Chad Peterson said the county has FEMA funding to cover most of the work, as long as it stays within the agency's assessment.
Late-evening rain showers Thursday capped off a week of chilly and windy weather in the southeast corner of the state. Weekend forecasts are calling for a mix of warm and cool temperatures, with just a small chance of precipitation.
"There's a low pressure system coming up from Nebraska and South Dakota, moving south to north," said meteorologist Jim Kaiser of the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. "It's an unsettled pattern, so the rain should end overnight tonight, Saturday should be dry, and there's another slight shower chance Sunday."
The centennial of the Titanic's sinking provides an opportunity to look back at a disaster that, at the time, made waves in Barnes County and around the world.
When the world's largest ocean liner struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1912, an ongoing fascination was sparked with both the human aspect of the tragedy, and the failures and successes of the ship's technology.
Valley City resident Irma Ness recalled a family story about her grandfather, George Chapman, perishing in the sinking shortly after he and his wife abandoned their large family.