May 4th, 2012
It has been said that â€śLife is to be lived forward, and understood backwards.â€ť That is so hard for most of us! We want to understand first. Whenever we face a problem or challenge, we want to know the details and know â€śwhy?â€ť from the start. But life doesnâ€™t let us read ahead. We have to wait for it to be lived. Hopefully in time, answers will be clearer.
Last week I sat with butterflies photographing and sharing them. I rode my vintage John Deere bike up my prairie road in utter bliss â€“as if I was riding in an animated Disney movie. The butterflies fluttered all around me as I sat at my blossoming cherry tree thanking them for choosing me to spend time with.
The June 12 city election will see five candidates vying for two City Commissioner seats vacated by George Dutton and Jon Wagar. This week, the T-R will interview all five candidates to provide a better look at those seeking office and their take on the issues facing Valley City. Going alphabetically, the final interviewee is candidate Mary Lee Nielson.
Mary Lee Nielson
A Valley City native sunk the 29th hole-in-one at Bjornson Public Golf Course on Wednesday.
Tom Kellogg said the experience was â€śQuite a trip.
â€śI was golfing with a co-worker out here, when we got to Hole 2 he had a 5-iron and he hit it too far and I had a 7, so I figured I might club up to a 6. When I hit it, it looked kind of short but the way it bounced we both new it was on the green.â€ť
When the two drove up to the green in their golf cart, they had trouble finding Kelloggâ€™s shot. His fellow golfer suggested it might have gone in the hole, and Kellogg thought he was joking.
Valley City was well-represented at the North Country Region Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships last weekend in Jamestown. Valley Cityâ€™s 14U team lost its opening matches to Mandan and the Bismarck-based ND Premier, but beat North Fargo and Jamestown to win the Bronze Division championship. The team, which includes players from both the Valley City and Barnes County North school districts, wraps up its season this weekend and has medaled in three of five tournaments.
The Valley City High School girls basketball team honored its standout performers April 22. Pictured are (back) Megan McDaniel, Amanda Tangen, Allyson Suhr, Jenna Jacob; and (front) Clarissa Olson, Jessica Denholm and Tori Enstad. Suhr led the team with four awards, including MVP (voted on by the team) and for leading the team in points, rebounds, and blocks. Jacob won the Hi-Liner Coaches award and led the team in steals. McDaniel led the Hi-Liners in assists, Enstad led the team in free throw percentage.
William Jansen Invitational results
The Valley City High School girls and boys track and field teams took the second and 10th places, respectively, at the William Jansen Invitational meet Tuesday in Valley City.
The boys were led by pole vaulter Paul Viland, who took second with a vault of 12 feet, 6 inches. Distance runner Nick Lee took third in the 1,600 meter run and sixth in the 3,200 meter run.
Seniors Jenna Jacob and Allyson Suhr led the girls team, each getting a win.
Jacob won the 200 meter dash in 26.88 seconds and Suhr won the 3,200 in 12:26.38.
Youth With A Mission will be offering a banquet on the Impact World Tour on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the St. Catherineâ€™s Elementary School Gym.
â€śFeel free to bring your spouse or friends,â€ť Executive Director of Faith In Action at Mercy Hospital Vicki Grafing said in an email. Faith in Action is a part of the community faith leadership that is bringing in YWAMâ€™s Impact World Tour.
â€śWe will have a great praise band playing a couple songs; youâ€™ll see the powerpoint presentation of what IWT is.â€ť
The June 12 city election will see five candidates vying for two City Commissioner seats vacated by George Dutton and Jon Wagar. This week, the T-R will interview all five candidates to provide a better look at those seeking office and their take on the issues facing Valley City. Going alphabetically, the fourth interviewee is candidate Madeline Luke.
Madeline Luke Occupation: Physician since 1982, moved to Valley City in 1984
Education: College in Boston, Mass., medical school in Rhode Island and trained in New York City
The Sheyenne River Valley Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is hosting a morning hike to the Mineral Springs waterfall in the Sheyenne State Forest on Saturday, May 5, and theyâ€™d like to invite you along.
President Deb Koepplin welcomed anyone who would like a few hours of outdoor activity on the easy-to-moderate trail to meet in the Rosebud Visitorâ€™s Center parking lot at 9 a.m. to carpool, or meet at the Sheyenne State Forest trailhead at 10 a.m.
The annual hiking excursion is usually well-attended, according to Koepplin.