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Blonde on the Prairie: Hold on to the Old Ways as Best As You Can

August 31, 2012

I like to play “remember” with myself for one day when I’m not able to I will no longer have a game to play. I believe my mind is capable of many things that I’ve not even tapped in to yet. Phenomenally I know that I have the power to change my mood. I’ve tried it, tested it and found it most successful. For instance, I can be driving in traffic on I-94 when some whipper-snapper begins tailgating me. I’m not talking about the kind of tailgating where he is back there somewhere. I’m talking about the kind where he’s either trying to kiss the bumper on the outside of my car or the one in it.

Straus Mall Well On Its Way 2 new Valley City businesses

August 31, 2012

George Gaukler and his partners in Straus Mall Property LLC are well on their way to turning the long-time downtown Valley City landmark back into a centerpiece of the business community.

Gaukler bought the mall in October of 2011 after it lost its last tenant.
By November of 2011 Gaukler had lined up the first new tenant, Professional Eye Care, and had begun expensive renovations.

Gaukler said Thursday “the spaces are rented to a lawyer and an architect, and the mall is starting to fill up.”

August 30th

HIV, Hep-C Tests for Jail

August 30, 2012

The Barnes County Corrections Center in Valley City is in the beginning stages of procuring the means for rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing of inmates brought to the facility.

“It’s a decision made by the state, not by us,” said Valley City-Barnes County Health District Director Theresa Will on Wednesday.

Will said that the jail currently takes swabs to test for HIV but does not get results for about five or six days, and that those tests are being phased out. So far jail staff has not been trained in using the rapid tests.

Conference to Feature Food from D.C. Restaurant

August 30, 2012

JAMESTOWN—Women who attend a leadership development conference in September will have a rare opportunity to taste food from the Washington, D.C.-based Founding Farmers restaurant.

The first annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference kicks off in Jamestown on Sept. 21-22. The conference is one of a variety of educational programs hosted by the Farmers Union for its members.

Carla Edinger, member operations coordinator for North Dakota Farmers Union, said in recent years the Farmers Union has really developed its women development programs.

Heitkamp Says Senate Race Close

August 30, 2012

Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Kent Conrad, said Wednesday she believes her race against Republican candidate U.S. Rep. Rick Berg is a tie.

Heitkamp met with the Valley City Times-Record editorial board Wednesday morning.

“I pretty much tell people this is a tied race at this point – Our (D-NPL) internal polls show us slightly ahead, but it’s within the margin of error,” Heitkamp said.

August 29th

VCHS Football ready to start season, again

August 29, 2012

As bad weather rolled into Carrington Friday night, the Valley City High School football team found itself in the rarest of circumstances — a cancelled football game.
With 3:53 left in the first half, VCHS coach Scott Roehrich said the game was cancelled amidst a heavy downpour and plenty of lightening in the area.
"There's nothing you can do about it," he said. "They did the right thing that night for the safety of the kids and the spectators."

VCHS runners seeing benefit of off-season work

August 29, 2012

Every summer, Valley City High School cross country coach Brian Englehard encourages the runners on his team to keep in shape over the summer using both the weight room and, of course, running.
This summer was no different, except for one little thing — the milage he recommended got bumped up a little further than the norm.
It's a change that the runners see as a good thing.
"You can see an improvement, a big improvement," said Ruth Ihry, a senior on the girls team.
"In lots of people," sophomore April Berntson adds.

VCSU XC hosting rare home meet Friday

August 29, 2012

In nearly every sport, there's a benefit to hosting a event.
Cross country running is no exception.
"You train on it, you get to learn it," said Valley City State University cross country coach Ken Frenette. "You're comfortable with the footing, you're comfortable with the turns.
"A lot of times, even in road races, if you don't know the course you're thinking about where you're going or you're following people, so if you know it, it just eases your mind a little bit."

VCHS V-ball loses in 5

August 29, 2012

Even if the season's still young, the girls on the Valley City High School volleyball team have already proven one thing — there isn't a bit of quit in them.
When the team opened up its non-tournament schedule with a 25-14, 25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 15-10 loss to Carrington at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, the Hi-Liners came back after losing the first two games, pushing it to a full five-game match when all was said and done.

VCHS Tennis Loses Home Opener

August 29, 2012

In one of the earlier matches of Valley City High School's 9-0 loss to Grand Forks Central, the No. 1 singles team of Dustin Miller and Ricky Paulson showed its true potential.
Playing against Brenden Sailor, a returning state doubles runner-up, and Andrew Thompson, Miller and Paulson won their first set 6-4 against the duo.
"Our confidence was up, we played as a team, we believed in that first set," Valley City coach Matt Nielson said.
But from there, it was all downhill as the Hi-Liners dropped the next two sets 6-1, 6-1.

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