October 16th, 2012
A weekend tractor fire in Barnes County killed an 87-year-old rural Litchville man, said Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin Monday afternoon.
McClaflin said that Wesley Ten Pas was burning a slough Saturday when the flames grew out of control and burned the tractor he was driving. âHis tractor caught on fire, he tried to put it out, and the fire overtook him,â McClaflin said.
Ten Pas was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he died from his burns, McClaflin said.
Students in grades 4-6 and their parents are encouraged to spend Saturday afternoon discovering the river that runs through Valley City.
Participants will learn about where the water of the Sheyenne River comes from, where it goes and the creatures that call it home.
ENDERLIN â During the final few drives of Fridays' 20-14 win over Oakes, Maple Valley/Enderlin football coach Brett Kapaun was okay with giving the visiting Tornadoes a few extra points, so long as the Falcons left with the win.
He told his team to simply "bend, don't break."
Though the Falcons were bent about as far as they could go, defending the end zone from their own two-yard line with 37 seconds left, they didn't break, forcing and recovering a fumble in the redzone to keep the Tornadoes from scoring what would have likely been the game-winning points.
The Valley City State football team picked up its fifth win of the season Saturday, beating NCAA Division III opponent Gustavus Adolphus College 16-0 in St. Peter, Minn.
The Vikings got the win behind solid defense, as well as key kicks from Thomas Cortez, whose leg accounted for 10 of the Vikings' 16 points.
VCSU scored on the opening drive of the game, getting behind a solid run game from Taylor Cino and Derek Elliot.
The drive ate up nearly five minutes of the clock, ending on a 31-yard field goal by Cortez.
A photo caption in the Oct. 10 edition had the wrong names listed for two people in the photo in the 1971-1973 Mens Golf team. In the article regarding the VCSU Hall of Fame Inductees, golfer Jim Vandrovec is pictured on the far left of the team photo. His twin brother, Joe, is third from the left in the photo.
VCSU Basketball Hosting Alumni Games
With the regular season only weeks away, the Valley City State University basketball teams will be hosting alumni games.
A federal push is underway this week to encourage people to visit national wildlife refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week. From Oct. 14 - 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants citizens to celebrate Americaâs wildlife heritage, and see what wildlife refuges are doing to conserve it.
âNational wildlife refuges play a crucial role in conserving Americaâs wildlife legacy,â says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe in a news release. âRefuges also play important roles in human communities.
Barnes County has been awarded a Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant designed to help various communities and residents to recover from the 2011 flood disaster in North Dakota, said Kimberly Franklin, director of Barnes County Emergency Management.
Barnes County has been allocated $93,000 to assist homeowners to rehabilitate their flood damaged homes.
Barnes County Commissioner Cindy Schwehr said Franklin had notified her the county received the grant.
Supporters of Measure 5 released a list of crimes against animals in the state in response to critics of the measure that would strengthen the legal penalties in cases of animal cruelty.
âAcross the countryâeverywhere but North Dakota and South Dakotaâthe worst acts of cruelty to dogs, cats and horses are considered felonies, yet these vicious crimes happen here, too,â said Karen Thunshelle, campaign manager for North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty.
Some monsters may soon be returning to local waters.
The National Fish Hatchery near Valley City is in the process of relaunching the stateâs muskie (muskellunge) program. Muskies are the largest member of the pike family, typically growing from 30 to 50 inches long.
âThe rebuilding of that program is in its infancy,â said fish hatchery director Kurt Eversman.
Owie! If youâve seen me at all this week you may have heard me say that word.
About a week and a half ago I began noticing it more than before. Though I noticed it before â I did that thing Iâve made myself so good at. I can justify most any pain in my body.
Pain is such a subjective thing. I can breathe my way through most anything and use my mind to forget about it for a minute. If I have a raging headache and squeeze my ear lobe my headache pain disappears for a spell because then my ear is taking up all the pain receptors. Just like I tease my cat â I tease my pain.