August 5th, 2012
FARGO â€” When the North Dakota State University football team returned to camp last week, there was a noticeable change to the team's familiar digs.
Gate City Bank Field at The Fargodome is now sporting a brand new Astroturf GameDay Grass 3DH Stadium Surfacing football field turf surface, replacing old turf from years' past.
"It's going to be a great, great surface for us," NDSU football coach Craig Bohl said at the team's annual media day Friday. "It was about time we made a change and we appreciate the leadership in our community doing that."
Fall sports first practice informationâ€¨With the school year approaching, Valley City Junior/Senior High School's fall athletic teams will soon have their first official practices of the fall season. The complete list of practice dates and picture dates are below.â€¨The school is also hosting a parent meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hi-Liner Activity Center for all athletes and parents in grades 9-12. Team meetings will directly follow the general meeting.
Fall weather may make an early appearance this weekend as a cold front is expected to move though the area Friday and Saturday according to graphical forecast data from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
Fridayâ€™s low temperature is expected to bottom out at 50 degrees with thunderstorms expected to continue into Saturday. The total rainfall is expected to be less than a quarter inch and the humidity will be low.
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The Maasjo Sisters from the Valley City and Fingal area will be sharing their talents at the final evening of music on the Courthouse lawn on Wednesday, August 8 at 7:15 p.m.
I was born blessed with the curse of caring. What an enigmatic statement that is. â€śBlessed with a curse.â€ť Does that even make sense? When you are an overly-sensitive soul you may find yourself overusing words like: discernment, gut-feelings, sensing and empathy. The blessing in the curse is that you and I were chose to care. The curse is the burden the care exaggerates in those of us who arenâ€™t created with an â€śoffâ€ť button. How nice and comfortable life would be if I could just care for a moment and let it go. The curse. Itâ€™s never-ending this blessing of being cursed with care.
The Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals will be hosting its fourth annual Wag and Walk-A-Thon later this month and is currently seeking volunteers.
Tracy Lee, who will be coordinating the event, said participants will fill out a brouchure that has a pledge sheet. Participants will gather pledges from friends, family and neighbors.
Lee said anyone can volunteer, and they are looking for people to fill a variety of tasks.
Valley City tops the list of North Dakota businesses designated as â€śinfant friendlyâ€ť by the North Dakota Department of Health with seven for the city, said Deanna Askew, Healthy Communities for the N.D. Department of Health.
This year the health department designated 20 state businesses as infant friendly.
Designated Valley City businesses are the City-County Health District, City of Valley City, Sanford Health Clinic, Sanford Health Eye Clinic, Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, Valley City State University and the Circle of Friends Preschool.
Shane Ost had plenty of successes as a member of the Valley City High School golf team, posting the top score at the 2010 Class B Region 1 tournament as he helped lead the Hi-Liners to the Class B state championship that year.
It's talent that will be coming back to Valley City.
Ost, a 2011 graduate of VCHS, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to attend Valley City State University and join the Viking golf team.
VC Extreme Struggles at National Tournament
The Valley City Extreme 16U softball team will try to avoid elimination today after losing its first three games at the Northern Nationals tournament in Greenfield, Wisc.
Valley City started the tournament with a 6-0 loss to the Greenfield Ignitors Wednesday. In the game Valley City had six runners stranded, five in scoring position.
An invasive plant species is keeping area ranchers and the Barnes County Weed Control Board on its toes.
Weed Control Director Jim McAllister said Spotted Knapweed has been in the area for about eight years, but now it is threatening a widespread infestation.
â€śWe consider thereâ€™s probably 225 acres infested, and the bad part about it is it makes pasture virtually worthless,â€ť he said. â€śThe Knapweed is an annual or a short-lived biennial, but it still has the ability to choke out anything thatâ€™s growing.â€ť