April 20th, 2012
Photo by Deb Beilke/Special to the Times-Record
For the past two weeks, Iâve been instructing a course on fly tying and lure making combined with a Fishing 102 of sorts for area youth age 12 to 15 which introduced them to light tackle fishing and the basics of the fly rod. After seeing the world that this generation has grown up in (and I know Iâm starting to sound old) with cell phones, Xboxes, and a multitude of other distractions, I had my concerns that it would be tough to hold their attention. After all, sometimes it takes me, with my short attention span, an entire winter just to decide what lures to make in April.
Each week I close my column with my contact email information. Later, when the inbox dings to signal a new message has arrived, Iâm never certain what the pretense for the email is, but I do enjoy the electronic communication.
Â Recently a reader took issue with an explanation I previously provided regarding harvest of big fish in the spring prior to the time that either walleyes or northern pike have spawned for the year.
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Families--try the unthinkableâgo screen free for an entire week! April 30-May 6 is Screen Free Week. The Young Peopleâs Healthy Heart Program at Mercy Hospital is inviting any family who would like to go âscreen freeâ to call them at 845-6456 for more information and ideas.
Why go âscreen freeâ? The facts are amazing. Students ages 8-18 spend 7 hours each day in front of a screen:
* an average of 4.5 hours watching TV,
*1.5 hours using computers (outside of homework),
*over one hour playing video games.
It doesnât take much to get me to wondering. In this case all it took was a song I heard on an AM radio station. Speaking of heard: The name of the song was, âYou canât rollerskate in a buffalo herd.â It was written by a Mr. Roger Miller. Iâm supposing that if there were ever a person deceased that Iâd have liked to have met before they arrived it would have been him. Some of you may know the song and I invite you to hum along as I share a bit of it with you. Here goes:
âYou canât rollerskate in a buffalo herd.
You canât rollerskate in a buffalo herd.
Temperatures this weekend may be on the cooler side than what people would prefer, but following a strong chance of rain in the area tonight and a cloudy weekend, temps are predicted to be in the upper 60s and 70s next week.
National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Rogers said today would be âpretty cloudy for a good chunk of the dayâ with overnight thunderstorms moving through around midnight.
âMost of the precipitation should move off by morning,â he said. âThe rest of Saturday looks mainly dry with increasing cloud cover.â
A large amount of copper wire was stolen from Hi-Line Electric Tuesday evening, said Amy Anderson, wife of Brad Anderson, who owns the business with Chad Zaun.
Thursday Anderson said the copper wire was valued at âless than $25,000, but itâs a lot.â
She added, âpeople who own copper wire have to be very careful.â
She said the business was broken into Tuesday evening.
âThey covered the windows and even used our forkliftâ in order to steal the metal, Anderson said.
âThey knew how to run the forklift,â Anderson said.
Valley Cityâs City Park bandshell has sat unused since 2008, and is now facing an uncertain future. A recent assessment by city engineers Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson put the estimated cost for repairing the 80-year-old building at a quarter of a million dollars, and the hefty price tag has the Valley City Park District wondering if the historic structure can or should be salvaged.
Kristy Winings grew up in Valley City and was a member of the VCHS class of 1991. Kristy lost the use of her legs 4 years ago in a rollover. This past year, a massive infection resulted in the loss of bone and muscle, and the doctors have told her that she is now restricted to only one hour in her wheelchair twice a day; the remaining 22 hours of her day, she will be bedridden. Kristy is only 39 years old and she has handled her disability with a grace beyond measure. She is far too young to face being bedridden for the rest of her life. She needs our help.
Car Wash at Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Tech Center,801 Valley Ave. SE 701-845-0256 Date: April 20th 2012 Times: 9:00AM-12:00PM AND 1:00PM-7:00PM FREE-WILL Donation, Funds will be used for students competing in StateSkills.