February 27th, 2013
The Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual community olympics and chili cook-off. The events are held annually the Monday before the North Dakota Winter Show to build excitement and bring people into Valley City.
The community olympics will feature six different events from an egg toss to outhouse horseshoes, which trades in the horseshoe for a toilet seat.
"Different businesses in town have a chance to compete. Friendly competition is a great thing for the community," Chamber office manager Kay Vinje said.
The VCSU Viking women are headed to Iowa. For the second year, the women are in the N.A.I.A. Women's National Basketball Tournament. The Vikings clinched their trip to Sioux City, IA, with a 78-66 win over Mayville State University .
Senior Courtney Titus led the Vikings with 24 points, picking up 21 of her points going an unbelievable 7-9 from the arc; she picked up her other three from the foul line.
Valley City played host to the North Dakota state gymnastics meet last weekend at the Hi-Liner Activity Center.
Dickenson took top honors in team events with Century's Wendy Perrin placing first in the all-around. In individual competition, Hi-Liner Rebekah Fisher had the team's only top-ten finish on the uneven parallel bars with a seventh-place finish.
"I'm Very, very proud of them." said Hi-Liner's head coach Dave Fisher. "Our future is pretty bright.
Youth basketball teams from around North Dakota came to Valley City Saturday for the Valley City Parks and Recreation Winter Shootout Tournament.
Boys and girls teams participated in seven divisions: fourth-grade boys and girls; boys fifth grade; boys and girls sixth grade; girls seventh grade; and boys eighth grade.
Coming in first in the girls fourth-grade division were the Firebirds of Devils Lake with six teams participating.
The first place team for sixth-grade girls were the Tigers of Dickinson with eight teams participating.
Washington Elementary School Principal Wayne Denault was named regional Principal of the Year by the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals.
More than just an administrator at Washington, Denault wears a lot of hats. He is the Title I coordinator for the Valley City Public School district and the AdvancED school improvement coordinator for the district.
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Utility work will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27 at approximately 9 a.m. â€“ 2 p.m. onÂ eastbound and westbound Interstate 94 near milepost 287, five miles west of Valley City.Â
During utility work, eastbound and westbound I-94 will be reduced to one lane traffic; speeds will be reduced; and motorists should expect minimal delays.Â
The traveling public should use caution when driving through the work zone. The North Dakota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down for their safety and the safety of the highway workers.
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said the cityâ€™s main reason for considering installing smartgrid technology is for load control but the advanced technology has the ability to offer much more.
The Valley City City Commission learned more about Cooper Powerâ€™s automated metering infrastructure system Feb. 19 during its regular meeting, but no decision has been made.
Gas prices in Valley City have gone up nearly 66 cents over the past month, but area gas prices are still among the lowest in North Dakota.
With an average gas price of $3.69 in Valley City, the average gas price in North Dakota, as of Friday, was $3.76 per-gallon â€“the highest on record â€“ with the highest price in the state in Jamestown at an average of $3.82 per-gallon, according to Gene LaDoucer, AAA spokesperson in Fargo.
â€śJamestown usually isnâ€™t among the highest,â€ť said La Doucer. The reason Jamestown prices are higher than Valley City â€śprobably has to do with its market.â€ť
The Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals has donated a HomeAgain microchip scanner to the Valley City Police Department and the Barnes County Sheriffâ€™s Department. This will assist the two departments when called on animals that are found to see if the animal has been microchipped, hopefully reuniting them with their ownears quickly.
Sheriff Randy said Friday â€śIt will definitely help the owners (of stray pets), and we wonâ€™t have to take them (stray animals) to the poundâ€ť if owners are easily located and they can pick up their strays at the the sheriffâ€™s department.
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A new program has been started at Washington Elementary this year. It is called Battle of the Books, which goes along with February being reading month. The goals of the program are to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence.