FARGO â€” As the clock neared 7 p.m. Monday, there was a lingering excitement at the Fargo Civic Center.
An hour before a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp was set to start, a line snaked its way around the building. Inside, supporters held signs, cheering at the sight of Heitkamp mingling amongst the crowd.
It was excitement that reached its peak just after 8 p.m., when former president Bill Clinton took the stage, drawing the crowd into a frenzy as he gave a 40-minute long speech offering his endorsement of Heitkamp.
Six North Dakota pharmacies or clinics have received products from the New England Compounding Company, which has produced medications associated with a meningitis outbreak in the United States.
Kirby Kruger, director of the division of disease control for the North Dakota Department of Health, said the department has notified these facilities to inform them of new updated Food and Drug Administration recommendations.
Although all products from NECC have been recalled, not all of the NECC products sent to North Dakota facilities are subject to the new FDA guidance.
North Dakota is one of only two states in the entire nation that is rated a zone one for radon risk, according to Marcie Bata, director of environmental health at Central Valley Health District. In conjunction with Home Indoor Air Quality Month, state and local health officials are urging North Dakota residents to test their homes for radon and to fix any radon problems that are discovered.
â€śEach year, (radon) is estimated to cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States,â€ť Bata said, adding that in can happen 5 to 25 years after exposure.
Area students recently competed in A BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology), robotics competition at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. The Valley City robotics team, whose members call themselves the Hi-Linerds, took home prizes that included first place for â€śMost Robust Robot,â€ť first place for â€śMentor of the Year,â€ť second place for their robot, third place for their engineering notebook, and third place overall. The clubâ€™s second place distinction earned it a spot in the Regional BEST competition in Fargo in December.
Area children got to wear their costumes early this year during the eighth annual Ruckus at the Rec that was held Friday evening at the Recreation Center gym in Valley City.
The event featured an evening of carnival games for all children ages pre-school through sixth grade. Parents and grandparents also joined their parents dressed in costume. Community and surrounding area businesses and organizations as well as interested individuals also assisted with the activities.
Members of the Valley City High School football team danced to the hit song â€śGangnam Styleâ€ť at a pep rally Friday. The pep rally was held for the football team, which beat Bishop Ryan 24-14 in Minot Saturday in the state tournament. The rally also celebrated the cross country team, which competed in the state meet Saturday.
Sheyenne River water flows are expected to increase early this week as water pumped from the east end of Devils Lake begins arriving, said Schueneman manager of the Baldhill Dam for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Friday Schueneman said North Dakota once again Monday began pumping water out of the east end of the lake into the Sheyenne River after repairing a pump that was out of action.
MINOT â€” All year long, the Valley City High School football team proved it could play with the best teams in the AA East, losing by only six points to Shanley High School eight points to Grafton, the top two playoff seeds from the East.
For that reason, the team felt pretty confident entering Saturday's quarterfinal playoff game with Bishop Ryan, the top seed in the AA West region.
The Valley City State University recovered from last weekend's loss to Jamestown with a 27-0 win over at Lindenwood University â€” Belleville Saturday in Belleville, Ill.
It was the second shutout of the year for the Vikings, who beat Gustavus Adolphus 16-0 earlier this month.
The Vikings got on the board early following a pass interception at their own 49-yard line. On the ensuing drive, VCSU took the ball 51 yards, losing a few yards early, but making up for it with a 54-yard pass from Tommy Zinke to Colby Lum.
VCSU Volleyball Loses Home Finale
The Valley City State University volleyball team split weekend matches, beating Dakota State 3-0 Friday in Jamestown, but losing 3-0 to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Saturday in the team's home finale.
Friday, VCSU beat the Trojans 25-17, 28-26, 27-25 at Jamestown College. The teams played relatively evenly, but VCSU found plenty of points from the serve, finishing with 13 aces, including four from Stephanie Miller.