June 4th, 2012
Some tense moments wrapped up the month of May for local law enforcement officers. The month also saw a new police chief hired and one of the wilder Memorial Day weekends.
Fred Thompson, a recently-retired police captain from Henderson, Nev, was chosen from 39 candidates that were whittled down to 10 phone interviews and five face-to-face interviews. Thompson is a 29-year veteran of the Henderson Police Department.
As sewer work was underway in downtown Valley City on Thursday, May 31, workers uncovered a gas line on the south side of the high school.
WEST FARGO â There werenât many times this season when Enderlin/Maple Valley pitcher Kaylee Johnson felt genuine nerves.
But she admits had some butterflies as she fielded an otherwise-routine ground ball with two outs in the top of the seventh inning of Saturdayâs 2-1 Class B state championship win over Central Cass at Elmwood Park.
âIt was just âOh my gosh, I canât believe this is happening,ââ Johnson said.
A quick, easy throw to first baseman Lakken Boeder not only ended the game, but also made history.
When Maple Valley High School sophomore Abbie Tinjum was younger, she had no intention of joining the Enderlin/Maple Valley softball team, nor did she realize she would become a state champion in the sport.
âI didnât even want to play at first in eighth grade. I wanted to run track,â Tinjum said.
The difference in getting her on the field was an older sister on the team, who forced her out to a few practices.
âOnce I started it, I liked it so much more. Now itâs one of my favorite sports,â Tinjum said.
WEST FARGO â When Enderlin/Maple Valley coach Neva Hamre was asked about a few of her players following Friday's 25-4 win over Grafton in the Class B State Semifinals, she was at a loss for words.
"I just don't really know what to say about them," she said. "We're just â I don't know â it doesn't seem hard. We're just doing what we do."
What they do, and continued to do at the second day of the inaugural Class B State Softball Tournament, is win.
The chaplain at my work witnessed it. I came to my office and stood in the doorway of the conference room where most of my co-workers gathered.
âMay I have your attention please? I have an announcement to make,â I announced in my best announcement voice.
The room hushed as they all turned their conversations off and their ears on. They took their stare off the glare of their computer screens in order to properly delve in to the proclamation I was about to proclaim.
Special to the Times-Record
MEDORA, N.D. â Whether you enjoy fitness, nature, entertainment or food, Medora is the place to be the weekend of June 8-10.
The 2012 season of the Medora Musical kicks off Friday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. MDT. This professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue is set in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the North Dakota Badlands. It features nightly performances through September 8.
Valley City and Jamestown law enforcement personnel joined others from across North Dakota this week in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Dakota.
The Special Olympicsâ website reads, âThe Torch Run is a running event in which officers and athletes carry the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of local Special Olympics competitions.â
The Special Olympics Summer Games will be held Friday and Saturday in Fargo.
Kathleen Meagher, President of the Special Olympics North Dakota, said that they try to link cities through the run.
WEST FARGO â All season long, Enderlin/Maple Valley softball coach Neva Hamre knew her top two pitchers were sophomore Kaylee Johnson and junior Cassie Pautz. But with the success Johnson had throughout the season, Pautz didnât log a single pitch at the varsity level.
Until Thursday, that was, when she took to the circle in the Falconsâ 18-2 win over Pembina County North to open the Class B state softball tournament at Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
âI only pitched two JV games, so it was a little nerve wracking,â Pautz said.
VCHS golf team misses state
The Valley City High School golf team missed qualifying for state by one stroke Wednesday at the Eastern Dakota Conference regional meet in Fargo.
The Hi-Liners finished with a team score of 322 to finish seventh. Fargo South got the final state spot with 321.
Senior Nick Jenson led the team with a 73, which tied for 5th and earned him All-Region honors. Jenson, will be going to the state meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Dickinson with teammates Ben Sorenson and Jared Lentz. All three qualified individually last week.
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