January 13th, 2013
There are plenty of advantages to a home game. Friendly crowd. Familiar surroundings. No sleeping in a hotel.
But when the No. 17 Valley City State University mens basketball team started its season in November, one of the main goals the team had was to be undefeated at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, not necessarily for those reasons, but because it makes the teamâ€™s postseason goals more attainable.
Weather Affects Area Sports
The blizzard that hit Barnes County over the weekend caused schedule changes for several local sports teams.
The Valley City High School wrestling team had its home dual Frisday against Red River High School postponed. No makeup date had been announced as of press time.
The Valley City Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball tournaments that were scheduled for Saturday were cancelled.
The Maple Valley boys basketball team's game at Richland Friday was postponed until Feb. 2.
The No. 12 Valley City State University womenâ€™s basketball team had a weekend full of ups and downs.
There were two wins, a close loss to an opponent the Vikings had beaten earlier in the year.Â VCSU senior Katie Ralston even hit a scoring milestone, surpassing the 1,000 point mark in her college career.
Friday, January 11
Full Nelson Karaoke will be held from 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Valley City American Legion Club rooms. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event supports Legion Baseball.
Saturday, January 12
Grace Free Lutheran Church ManCamp Gun Show, starting at 3 p.m. Join us for conversation and â€śshow & tellâ€ť surrounding one of manâ€™s favorite past-times: Firearms. An antique firearm collector will display multiple firearms ranging from the 1880â€™s to the modern era. Call 845-2753 for more information.
A winter storm passing through Barnes County has prompted several schedule changes for local athletics.
The Valley City State University basketball games Friday night against Northern New Mexico will be played as planned. The Saturday afternoon games with Johnson and Wales University are also scheduled to be played as planned.
The Valley City High School wrestling team's dual with Devils Lake, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed. A makeup date hasn't been announced.
Valley City School Superintendent Dean Koppelman announced Friday morning that all Valley City public schools would be dismissed 2 p.m. Friday and buses would leave at that time. At the same time, the district also announced all Friday and Saturday school activities were canceled.
Think. I do it often. I probably do it too much. It takes just one thought to turn into a whole universe of thoughts. I didnâ€™t know myself well when I was two years old but Iâ€™m guessing I asked, â€śWhyâ€ť a lot because I do now. I just canâ€™t stop thinking once a subject is given to me. If you stop me on the street and tell me youâ€™re planning on opening a new business Iâ€™m already thinking about who you need to call to make you the best sign in town. Iâ€™m already thinking of how to get you better wholesale pricing. Iâ€™m thinking of how the store should be set up for the perfect flow.
Nobody has yet applied for a permit to build rental housing in Valley City, despite a current shortage of rental properties resulting from flooding protection buyouts.
David Schelkoph, city administrator for Valley City said he has informally heard developers talking about ideas for new apartment buildings, but permits havenâ€™t been applied for.
Schelkoph said Valley City â€śis close to 100 percent occupancy in town with rental properties.â€ť
Flu season in Barnes County, as well as the remainder of North Dakota has begun.
As of Jan. 10, 1,077 cases of influenza have been reported statewide, with four cases reported in Barnes County. And that doesnâ€™t reflect those who may have the flu but havenâ€™t seen doctors.
Lori Thompson, Registered Nurse, of City-County Health District in Valley City believes the number will increase significantly as the disease spreads. Thompson also noted that test results of patients that are already infected may not be in.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has issued a statewide Travel Alert through Saturday morning in advance of the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted winter storm to impact the state.