May 2nd, 2012
Valley City State University Associate Professor Hilde van Gijssel has once again been named the âTeacher of the Yearâ by the VCSU Student Senate.
The annual award is given to professors who demonstrate dedication to students with innovative teaching methods and continued professional development.
While teaching in the science department, Van Gijssel is also taking classes in the universityâs Masters of Education program with an emphasis on technology education. She said spending time as a student helps make her a better teacher.
Three people are heroes after risking their lives saving strangers in what turned out to be a busy month of April for law enforcement and emergency responders.
On the evening of April 17, Valley City High School senior Austin Ross happened upon a rollover accident on the 800 block of Fifth Street Northwest. Ross freed the driver who was restrained by a seatbelt by cutting it with scissors.
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 third interviewee is candidate Arthur Friese.
Occupation: Currently employed at Pizza Corner, has held the position for five years
Education: VCHS graduate
Family: Wife Ashley, two kids and one on the way
Organizations: Treasurer of Community Action Headstart
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 second interviewee is candidate Ken Evenson.
Occupation: (Retired) electrical lineman for Cass County Electric, 20-plus years, and for City of Valley City, 20-plus years. Resident of Valley City for over 50 years.
Family: Wife Dotty, daughter Debbie and son Jeffrey.
The Hi-Liners donned their dapperest duds for the 2012 Valley City High School Awards Banquet in the VCHS Theater in the high school on Monday night.
The evening saw several dozen students receive awards and scholarships and the induction of members in to the National Honor Society and the Minerva Chapter of the National Honor Society.
The city of Valley City has narrowed their search for a new Chief of Police to three out-of-state and two local candidates, according to City Administrator and hiring committee member David Schelkopf. Mark McDonald, Doug Kiefert, Fred Thompson, Patricia Nowak and Ryan Evans have been selected for final in-person interviews to take place from May 8 to 15.
âAny one of the people on this list would be a fine candidate for Valley City,â Schelkopf said. âNow we just have to drill them and pick the best one.â
Valley City High School senior Paul Viland, pictured during a home meet earlier this month, was one of two Hi-Liners to qualify for state at the Shanley Invitational Friday in Moorhead, Minn. Viland posted a personal best of 12 feet, six inches in the pole vault to qualify. Jenna Jacob, who had previously qualified in the 4x100 meter relay and the 100 dash, qualified in the 200 with a time of 26.84 seconds.
Weekend games postponed
Multiple Valley City High School teams had games postponed due to bad weather Friday.
The weather affected a home softball game with Maple Valley/Enderlin, a home tennis match with Grand Forks Central and a road baseball game against against Fargo North.
As of Sunday, the baseball and softball games were still awaiting a make-up date. The tennis match will be played today at 3:30 p.m.
Home games today
The VCHS tennis and baseball teams are at home today.
The tennis team plays a match with Grand Forks Central at 3:30 p.m., which was rescheduled from Friday.
The Valley City State University softball season ended with a 5-2 loss to Jamestown College in an elimination game Sunday at the the last Dakota Athletic Conference Tournament in Mayville.
Jamestown College jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring two in the top of the second and fourth before Cyndi Figol got the Vikings on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. The Vikings later pushed across one more runner. Jamestown added one more in the top of the seventh inning.
Rachel Goerke officially opened Sophia Ann Photography in September 2011 after moving to Valley City from California, and is looking to make a name for herself in the portrait business. But whose name is it?
âSophia was the first cat I ever owned, and Iâve always loved that name,â Goerke said. âAnd my middle name is Ann, so I thought weâd do something fun and cute.â
Originally from the East Bay area, an hour inland from San Francisco, Goerke was studying to be pre-med with dreams of becoming a pediatrician, but found a different path calling her.