Note: The original story read that Larson wanted to be the first VCHS wrestler to go undefeated in a season. Since publication, it has been verified that Larson would not the be the first to finish undefeated. This version of the story has been updated to reflect that.
At the beginning of the year, Valley City High School wrestler Brandon Larson set the bar high.
He wants to be the join the short list of wrestlers in school history to finish a season undefeated.
"It was just my goal at the beginning of the season to be the first person from Valley City to ever do that," Larson said.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) â€” The athletic abilities of star running back Adrian Peterson led the Minnesota Vikings to give him a seven-year, $100 million contract extension before the season started.
Now, they hope his recuperative abilities are just as good and he is able to live up to being the highest-paid running back in the NFL.
Minnesota expects Peterson to be recovered from left knee surgery for two torn ligaments in time to start the 2012 season.
The Valley City State University mens basketball team had a largely traditional practice Monday when it returned from its short holiday break.
But as the team worked its offense, there was one subtle change â€” rather than running the shot clock at 35 seconds, the Vikings were working the ball with only 24.
It was a strategic move to help prepare the team for the Wesmen Classic tournament, which starts Wednesday at the University of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Barnes county commission
Tuesday December 6, 2011
Valley City, North Dakota
The Barnes County Commission met in regular session Tuesday, December 6, 2011, with all members present.
States Attorney Lee Grossman called for nominations for chairperson. Commissioner Knutson seconded by Froelich, made a motion to nominate Schwehr.
Commissioner Berntson made a motion, seconded by Froelich, to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Schwehr as chairperson. Upon a roll call vote with all voting â€śyes,â€ť motion carried.
The Valley City State University cross-country and track & field teams are getting a new coach, and one with plenty of NCAA Division I experience no less.
Ken Frenette, who spent 23 years coaching the mens and womens cross country teams Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., was named the Vikings' new head coach in a release Friday.
Entering this season, Maple Valley High School girls basketball coach Jeff Miller was cautiously optimistic.
"I knew we'd be better than last year and I knew we'd be able to surprise some teams," Miller said. "I thought we would maybe get off to a slower start and then start picking it up at the end of the year once they started playing together."
But after beating Griggs County Central 54-31 Tuesday, "better than last year" is a goal the team has already achieved.
United Blood Services will be at Stoudt Ross Ford in Valley City for a blood drive today and tomorrow (Dec. 22, 23).
The two-day push will run from 11:30 a.m to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday.
UBS worker Rachel Jipson said early Thursday afternoon that the turnout had been good so far.
"We are always looking for people to give," she said. "We've got lots of open spots."
The Litchville-Marion/Montpelier basketball teams had mixed success in Tuesdayâ€™s games at Ellendale.
On one hand, the girls struggled to score and lost 65-28, but on the other, the boys picked up their second win of the year.
In the girls game, the Rebels were hurt by a bad first half in which they were outscored 39-7.
Ellendale led 20-2 after the first quarter and then scored 19 more in the second.
LMM had scored 21 points in the second half, including 13 in the third quarter.
Tasha Piehl and Tanys Ulmer led LMM with six points each and Brenna Rodin had five, including a 3-pointer.
The rate of calls to the North Dakota Tobacco Quitline from residents in Barnes County more than tripled from 2009 to 2010, said the county's Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, Vicki Voldal-Rosenau.
As a whole, smoking rates in North Dakota have decreased in the last couple years.
"This is just the beginning, if we don't let up" Voldal-Rosenau said. "Can we ever let up? Sure, but there's still a lot of people starting to smoke and it's a killer."
Valley City High School girls basketball coach Jim McDaniel was plenty pleased with how his team played in Tuesdayâ€™s 48-41 home loss to Fargo Davies.
All night long, the Hi-Liners set the pace of the game, came back from small deficits and continued to play with a balanced offensive attack.
â€śI thought we handled their size, I thought we handled their pressure fine, I liked the pace of the game,â€ť McDaniel said. â€śI liked a lot of the things we did, the key stat for us is that we were 0 for 11 at the free-throw line.â€ť
It was that 0-11 stat that came back to haunt the Hi-Liners.