February 11th, 2013
So long and farewell
By Scott Schlaufman
A few months ago, I went up to Grafton.
It was a unique trip for many reasons. The Valley City High School football team was playing there in the semifinals of the AA playoffs, the day after a large snow storm hit the area.
The field itself had been plowed early that morning, but only the field, plus about a foot beyond, leaving the bleacher-less Valley City crowd to packed along the sidelines.
As the game went on, one of the girls from the school turns and asks me, "Scott- why aren't you cheering?"
The Valley City High School gymnastics team finished the regular season last Thursday, taking third in a meet in Jamestown.
The Hi-Liners earned their highest team score of the season despite having Sara Gilbertson, one of the team's most consistent vaulters and a strong beam performer, out with a sore ankle.
Rebekah Fisher led the way with a 35.80 All Around score and placed in all events.
â€śGirls with guns.â€ť Thatâ€™s what my shirt says. I got it from a girl with guns. The shirt makes me feel protected. A friend of mine taught me how to shoot so the saying on my shirt wouldnâ€™t be a lie. Feeling safe is what I told that husband of mine was the most important thing before we got married.
Iâ€™m not mentally ill and neither are my many friends with guns. Iâ€™m guessing if the government attempts to take any more control of things they have no business peeping in to, perhaps mental illness will be the norm. In the slightest of ways it is already happening.
I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo and I-29 from Grand Forks to Fargo NOW OPEN; I-29 remains closed from Fargo to ND/SD border
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have opened I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo and I-29 from Grand Forks to Fargo. The portion of I-29 from Fargo to the ND/SD border remains closed at this time. Motorists are reminded that the roadways are covered with ice and compacted snow and are extremely icy. Motorists must slow down and use extreme caution while traveling.
The Valley City Police Department held a training class for those who own or are employed at alcohol establishments Friday. The same class will be offered about every month at the VCPD.
Officer Wade Hannig, who head the class Friday, said the free classes are â€śan effort to help the bars notice potential problems, avoid them before they become problems â€”Â just kind of a community service.â€ť
When Valley City Assessor Sandy Hansen made an inquiry regarding homestead tax exemptions in North Dakota, she couldnâ€™t have known that she would start a chain reaction that may change how the state approaches special assessments and homestead exemptions.
A homestead exemption is a property tax reduction for the elderly and disabled. It is a sliding scale reduction that is based on income after deducting medical expenses, according to Hansen.
There will be no school today in Valley City. As a result there will have school next Monday, Presidents Day, the next available make-up day. There will be no activities or practices today, nor will be no parent-teacher conferences today.
Superintendent Dean Koppelman will send information out through news media and email pertaining to parent-teacher conferences. Buses and school will be run at regular time tomorrow.
Interstate 94 is closed, but DOT officials hope that the it will be open by 11 a.m.
At 8 a.m. Monday, Valley City Public Schools announced that it will be among those closed Monday after a blizzard Sunday hit southeastern North Dakota Monday.
Valley City State University, and the Maple Valley and Barnes County North school districts will also be closed Monday.
Valley City Schools were initially delayed two hours but monitored the weather situation throughout the evening and in the morning, announcing the cancellation just before 8 a.m.
Maple Valley announced its cancellation Sunday and Barnes County North announced its cancellation Monday.
As of 6 p.m. Sunday night, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have closed I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo, and I-29 from Fargo to Grand Forks due to heavy snow, blowing snow and areas of near zero visibility creating hazardous driving conditions. In addition, Minnesota officials have closed I-94 from Moorhead to Alexandria. Motorists should not travel on closed roads as they may become blocked overnight
Once in a while, a team will play a game in which key points are decided on free throws.
But at times in the foul-heavy second half of the Valley City State University womens basketball team's 64-58 win over South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Saturday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, the charity stripe seemed to be the primary method of scoring.
The two teams combined for 45 free throw attempts in the half alone, with the Vikings getting 18 of their 33 second-half points at the line.