April 12th, 2012
In a move to solidify the final piece of funding for the upcoming Phase One home buyouts, the Valley City City Commission approved accepting a loan of $1 million from the Public Works electrical department at a special meeting Tuesday.
â€śWe felt that it was time to make a vote on this,â€ť said City Commissioner Matt Pedersen. â€śThe buyout candidates are ready to go.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t think weâ€™ve got a choice of where we get the money,â€ť said Mayor Bob Werkhoven, â€śand the City Attorney has indicated that we are within the law as far as (the loan), so now we can feel our conscience is clear.â€ť
The Medora Foundation hopes its annual summer musical and the Medora area will be a popular destination for Valley City people this summer.
The musical, now in its 48th year, takes place in the midst of the North Dakota Badlands near the south unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in southwestern North Dakota.
Foundation board President Randy Hatzenbuhler was touring the state this past week, including a stop Monday in Valley City.
In the working world, there is the age-old argument of the value of experience versus education, but Valley City State University is providing its students an opportunity to gain both through its internship program.
Marcia Foss, VCSUâ€™s Director of Career Services and Internships said the college tries to identify employers who might be able to provide a work experience similar to what the student is studying.
â€śIt needs to be meaningful work, so theyâ€™re not just standing at a copier.â€ť
"In your wildest dreams you cannot imagine the surprises that await you!" reads the message on Charlie Bucket's golden ticket, which gives him entrance into the Willy Wonka factory and a world of wonder.
Audiences the world over are familiar with the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and now local audiences will have a golden opportunity to see the story told by young local actors.
Itâ€™s the first Annual VCSU Earth Day Festival will be Wednesday April, 25 6:00pm-9:00pm. Itâ€™s free and open to the public.
Earth Day is April 22 and Valley City State University will hold its first annual Earth Day Festival three days later on the VCSU campus.
Venders will offer earth friendly products and demonstrations, theyâ€™ll be games for all ages, musical entertainment includes a performance by â€śLakota Thunderâ€ť an Emmy nominated Native American drum group.
Allan Joeseph Cook, 34, is a high risk, registered sex offender who will be living at 1019 5th Ave. Northwest No. 4 in Valley City.
Cook was convicted Feb. 1, 2002 in Barnes County District Court of two Class C Felony counts of sexual assault for engaging in sexual acts with three juvenile females, ages 15 to 17 years old.
With the school year drawing to a close, it is now time for 14 students from the Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center to show off what theyâ€™ve learned this year.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization comprised of students, teachers and other members of the educational industry working together to ensure that the nation has and can continue to develop a skilled workforce. The SkillsUSA program includes local, state and national competitions that allow students to demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.
When Valley City High School runner Ruth Ihry started with the schoolâ€™s track and field team, she wasnâ€™t much for distance.
â€śShe used to be a sprinter,â€ť her teammate, Allyson Suhr, said with a friendly, if not slightly accusatory tone. â€śWe converted her.â€ť
Asked why, Ihry thinks for a minute.
â€śAll my friends,â€ť Ihry said.
Now, Ihry has become one of the numerous distance runners on a team that has plenty of depth in the area.
The Valley Twisters gymnastics team improved on an already great season earlier this month at the USA Gymnastics state championships in Bismarck.
Over 200 gymnasts from all across the state competed in the three-day meet.
The team was lead by Taylor Johnson, a Level 8 gymnast, who rejoined the Twisters after her first season in high school gymnastics. She placed second on the floor with a 9.225 and took third in the beam. She also placed sixth on the bars and eighth on the vault. Her all around score of 34.150 was good for sixth place and also qualified her for the 2012
The Valley Twisters gymnastics club has started the search for a new head coach and executive director deciding to part ways with Jon Liardi Monday night.
"The long-term best interest, with respect to safety of students and growth of program, wasn't to have him on board as a coach and director," President Bobby Koepplin said Tuesday.
Liardi said he was asked Wednesday morning to turn in a letter of resignation, though he was unsure whether he would.