March 2nd, 2012
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a Travel Alert for southwest and central North Dakota due to blowing snow sticking to the roadway causing scattered icy conditions. Motorists are encouraged to monitor local weather forecasts, reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.
The Valley City Fire Department rescue squad, Barnes County Sheriff's office, Barnes County Ambulance and the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a multiple vehicle pile-up in the median of I-94 between exit 296 and 298 a little after 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Wind gusts, blowing snow and slush in the roadway made driving conditions extremely hazardous. Some injuries were reported in the wreck, which initially was just two vehicles in the median, but eventually grew to include 5 cars, a semi and a truck which had rolled to rest on its top.
The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 14 Presents: âJoseph DeMasi: REAL Italian Cookingâ 7PM Thursday March 8 at the Barnes County Museum.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation, AAA North Dakota and the North Dakota Safety Council are once again sponsoring the North Dakota Teen Drivers Traffic Safety Contest, entering its third year. The contest gives North Dakota teens the opportunity to promote traffic safety in their school and community. As an added bonus, first prize contestants are eligible to win up to $750.
A fresh blanket of snow on the ground has set the stage for Valley City State Universityâs newly-formed Winter Sports Club to hold their first annual Winter Fun Fest this weekend.
Those who have been itching to get out in the fluffy stuff can dust off their cross country skis, snowshoes and ice skates to take part in ski races, hikes, snow sculpting, broomball and snow soccer.
Although weather conditions havenât been ideal for the clubâs first winter season, faculty advisor Philip Deger said the Fun Fest will be a good way to kick off the clubâs first big event.
A fire under the engine of a car on 8th Avenue Northwest is believed to be the culprit behind the large plumes of smoke that blanketed the north end of town Thursday evening.
A residential garage was filled with flames, which were quickly knocked down by the Valley City Fire Department, but plumes of acrid smoke billowed from the structure even after the flames had dissipated.
"(The resident) was here, and the garage door was open when the neighbors started to see smoke," said Fire Chief Gary Retterath.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) â Gov. Mark Dayton, political leaders and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled a proposal Thursday to build a $975 million stadium for the team in downtown Minneapolis and called for quick action on the plan before the Legislature adjourns this spring.
The plan would put the new building nearly on top of the current Metrodome site. It calls for $398 million from the state, $150 million from the city and $427 million from the Vikings for upfront construction costs.
The Valley City State University Vikings will face the No. 3 ranked College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in the opening round of the NAIA Division II Womenâs Basketball Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Vikings and Lady Bobcats will square off on the second day of opening round action on Thursday, March 8 at 1:45 pm.
College of the Ozarks (29-3) won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) tournament to earn an automatic bid to Sioux City. The Bobcats are making their 18th National Tournament appearance and have a 26-17 overall record in the tournament.
As far as Valley City State University baseball coach Casey Olney is concerned, his team can match up with almost anybody on its schedule.
âWe have enough talent to compete with the teams weâre playing against,â Olney said. âWe just need to play well.â
The Vikings started their season last weekend with a four-game series at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. The Vikings lost a pair of games to University of Minnesota â Crookston and split two with St. Johnâs (Minn.) University.
âWe started 1-3 which is disappointing,â Olney said. âWe just need to play a little bit better.â
The Valley City High School girls basketball team extended its season Saturday with a 69-65 win over Devils Lake in a play-in for the Eastern Dakota Conference regional basketball tournament.
But Mother Nature had other plans for the tournament, which was originally scheduled to start last night.
Due to incoming storms Tuesday night, the tournamentâs opening round Tuesday was postponed. That included the Hi-Linersâ tournament opening game at West Fargo, which was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in West Fargo.