November 6th, 2012
Special to the Times-Record
The Valley City Fire Department recently held a coloring contest for the elementary schools in Valley City for Fire Prevention Week. The winners got to ride in a fire truck and each got a prize.
ABOVE: The first grade winners from Jefferson Elementary School were, left to right: Abigail Redfearn, Carver Pederson, Caden Amann, Zachary Sykora, Sydney Larsen, Drew Potratz, Matthew Lahlum, Gianni Steele, Michael Schmidt and Tesa Olson.
BELOW: The first grade winners from St. Kateâ€™s School, left to right: Connor Klabor and Livia Dietrich.
Chocolate Day, the Valley City Barnes County Libraryâ€™s annual fundraiser for childrenâ€™s materials, returns to the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, said acting library director Liz Hoskisson Monday.
Childrenâ€™s Librarian Mary Ann Anderson said the event began at the library â€śat least 20 years ago â€“ a long time ago.â€ť
The end of daylight savings time Sunday was a surefire sign that winter is quickly approaching. Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath said Valley City residents should take this time to check their smoke detectors and heating equipment to avoid house fires.
The Valley City Fire Department responded to quite a few grass fires during the past dry summer and fall, and now theyâ€™re expecting to respond to more fires related to heating, cooking and in vehicles.
The Thundering Saints have donated $1,000 to the Barnes County Relay for Life, generated from proceeds of the fourth annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Ride held in Valley City on July 28.
Rocky Gabel, the founder and organizer of the ride, Friday presented the check to Tami Kratz, co-captain of the Lafarge Relay for Life Team Friday. Also on hand for the donation was Mary Dahl, community representative for the American Cancer Society, which organizes relays.
Kratz said her team â€śdoes a fundraising breakfast the morning of the bike run, and in return for it, we get this wonderful donation.â€ť
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The Valley City-Barnes County Development Corporation officially announced Friday that it is proceeding with the purchase of approximately 77 acres of land along Interstate 94 for industrial and commercial development. The site will launch the I94 Regional Development Corridor, where it will house new facilities for the North Dakota National Guard and an expansion of John Deere Seeding Group.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple (GOP), congratulated Valley City on the just announced expansion project that includes the John Deere Seeding Group plant at a press conference Friday. The estimated $20 million project, spearheaded by the Valley City-Barnes County Development Corporation, includes a purchase agreement on a 77-acre site along I-94 where John Deere plans an expansion project and the North Dakota National Guard plans a new facility.
â€śWhen they (John Deere) chose your community, it was a very good coup,â€ť Dalrymple said. â€śThis is a great day.â€ť
GRAFTON â€” As the Valley City High School football team walked off the Grafton High School football field following Saturday's 14-8 loss to Grafton in the state semifinals, there were plenty of emotions. A hint of frustration, a bit of sadness.
But the final result, as VCHS coach Scott Roehrich was concerned, was pride.
"I'm proud of the work the guys did," Roehrich said. "They represented their town and themselves in classy ways."
The game ended the season for the Hi-Liners, while the Spoilers will play in the Dakota Bowl next weekend against Shanley.
For a traditional football fan, Saturday's season ending game between Valley City State University and Robert Morris had weather that couldn't be beat.
Temperatures were in the thirties, the air crisp and calm with a light snow falling. Shelly Ellig Field was cleared, and a short berm of snow surrounded.
Though the Vikings' play early in the game left much to be desired, they finished their season on a strong note, scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat Robert Morris 21-20.
All season long, Valley City High School sophomore Clarissa Olson has provided a bit of hustle to the Hi-Liner volleyball team. Each match, she's among the team's dig leaders and has no problem finding a few kills.
But Friday, when the Hi-Liners beat Devils Lake 20-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-13 in an Eastern Dakota Conference play-in match, she wanted to step up even more.
"I just decided I might as well go for it tonight," Olson said. "Sometimes your team needs to depend on a person throughout the whole game and it doesn't matter who that person is as long they're doing the right thing."