October 11th, 2012
As the stands emptied Thursday night at Hanna Field, things were seemingly quiet inside the stadium. But in the parking lot, there was a hint of celebration as fans honked their horns and exchanged high fives before driving off for the night. It wasn't without reason.
With a 40-14 win over Central Cass, the Valley City High School team clinched its return to the Class AA state playoffs for the first time since 2010.
It was a win in which Valley City fell behind on the opening drive, but got ahead late in the first quarter and never let up.
Paul and Eugene Komrosky are in Valley Cityâ€™s Mercy Hospital after being injured in an explosion that destroyed Paulâ€™s house on 101st Avenue Southeast in the Eckelson area Tuesday, said Eugeneâ€™s wife, Hilma Komrosky.
She said Paul is in the intensive care unit, and Eugene is in a regular room. â€śThey both received second-degree burns â€“ very painful,â€ť Hilma said.
Hilma said two Komrosky families were living in the residence at the time of the explosion â€“ Paul and Jason Komrosky, and Jasonâ€™s wife, Laura.
The Valley City Police Department is asking for information from possible witnesses to a hit and run that left a Valley City woman injured on Tuesday morning.
Tonya Bennett, co-owner of the Another Time restaurant on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West Main Street, reported a regular customer had been hit by a young, female driver around 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
â€śShe came in and said that a black pickup with a young girl came speeding around the corner and she (the driver) had earphones in, hit her, and kept going,â€ť Bennett said.
â€śBuyers remorseâ€ť took on a whole new level in the case of one Oregon homeowner who is drawing national attention to a problem his family found themselves in.
Jonathan Hankins, of Klamath Falls, Ore., started a petition on Change.org that has gathered nation-wide support when he and his family began experiencing health problems after purchasing their new home. The suffering started with dry mouths and mouth sores, then Hankins started having sinus headaches and nosebleeds.
People who need help paying heating bills this winter may be eligible for assistance through the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
Barnes County Social Services began accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Oct. 1. LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered through the state.
On Tuesday, Mari Quittschreiber at Social Services said so far about 100 people have signed up for the program.
â€śWeâ€™ve probably had less people applying now than last year at this time,â€ť Quittschreiber said.
Money raised from Litchvilleâ€™s Annual Pie and Pickinâ€™ social will be used to help deal with a $5,000 milk bill left unpaid when Litchville Enterprises, which owned the townâ€™s grocery store, closed down, said Arlene Andrus Monday.
To help, the Oct. 13 monthly Valley City Bluegrass Jam has been moved to Litchville, and will take place with the social.
Andrus, whoâ€™s leading the effort, was a stockholder and former Litchville Enterprises board member.
Glendaâ€™s Beauty Salon is still a buzzing and well-known salon in Valley City, but the owner, Glenda Sherman, has not worked there for a couple years due to a hand injury. Sherman now rents out four of the stations in her shop to individual stylists. Although sheâ€™s been retired for a couple years, sheâ€™ll be officially celebrating with an open house later this month.
â€śIâ€™ve had two shops in Valley,â€ť Sherman said of her lifelong career as a hairdresser.
Valley City Public School Administrators are developing a survey for parents, students, staff and possibly the general public to garner input on how the schools operate.
On Monday, schools superintendent Dean Koppelman said administrators would meet Tuesday to discuss the particulars of the survey, which will be opened roughly in the first week of November to coincide with parent-teacher conferences.
The Valley City State University Planetarium is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and only has a few shows left before campus construction puts it into a nine-month hiatus. In the meantime the university is hoping the planetarium can rekindle some old friendships and start some new ones.
â€śFriends of the Planetariumâ€ť donate money to help the planetarium operate. Barnes County Museum Curator Wes Anderson teaches a physics course, â€śPlanetarium Science,â€ť at VCSU and his students put together a new program every year.
Valley City High School drama students arenâ€™t only learning how to act in this yearâ€™s production; theyâ€™re also getting a feel for military life. Students are being taught to march properly and may even wear authentic Korean War uniforms.
Drama director Carol Foth said sheâ€™d like to see if area Korean War veterans would be interested in lending their uniforms and other war memorabilia to the school for students to use as costumes and props in their upcoming MASH production.