June 20th, 2012
Terry Didier, owner of Didier's Ag Center in Sanborn, reported a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train blocking the exits in the city at 10:33 a.m. Tuesday, like he does almost every day when a train blocks off the city. Over an hour later, the Barnes County Commission decided to get tough with BNSF over the Sanborn situation after a scheduled discussion at a county commission meeting.
The county approved overtime for the Sheriff's Office to monitor the trains and cite the engineers who park longer than state law allows. The office will also look into video surveillance.
Wondering what topic to write about this week, I found myself sitting around a campfire at a friendâ€™s lake cabin Friday night. As the twelve of us visited and bounced from topic to topic, the mood was very laid back, as you would expect from a weekend at the cabin. And then one personâ€™s name was brought up, causing the calm, laid back chatter to suddenly turn serious and defensive.
That name was LeBron James.
Valley City State University honored its Diamond Level, Regents Level and Legacy Society donors Monday in a recognition luncheon at Sabirâ€™s Dining and Lounge.
About 50 people attended the luncheon and program presented by the VCSU Foundation.
Recognized at the Diamond Level, for $100,000 to $249,000 were Dacotah Bank, Robert and Jan Ingstad and Ralph and Carolyn Kolstoe.
The Valley City School Board discussed how and why the district failed to meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act and how they were going to work to achieve them in the future at Mondayâ€™s regular board meeting.
Mild temperatures and minimal precipitation made for perfect camp weather last week when the Valley City Service Unit Girl Scouts enjoyed two evenings at Camp Tonweya-Tiayta, which means â€śScouts Home,â€ť located near the Valley City National Fish Hatchery.
Troop leader Kirsten Dockter explained that some camps are affiliated through their headquarters, Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons, but this one was held by the local troop leaders.
Special to the Times-Record
First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held fundraisers to raise money for Relay for Life, totaling more than $12,000. FCCU has chosen a different organization for each quarter to raise money and awareness for these organizations.
All of FCCUâ€™s 14 branches sold frozen Pizza Corner pizzas in which $2,800 was raised for Relay for Life, with FCCUâ€™s Wishek branch selling the most pizzas at 350. Proceeds collected from employees wearing jeans on designated days were also donated to Relay for Life and luminaries were sold at the branches.
Vicki Rosenau, tobacco coordinator for the City-County Health District, backs a proposed North Dakota ballot initiative to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars, a step that the state Legislature has refused to take since lawmakers approved broad smoking restrictions seven years ago.
The measure, which a group called Smoke-Free North Dakota submitted to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Wednesday, would cover â€śe-cigarettes,â€ť which produce an odorless, nicotine-laced vapor thatâ€™s similar to tobacco smoke.
If Valley City seemed a bit more populated this weekend, itâ€™s probably because visitors and high school reunion-goers joined Valley City residents as they soaked up at this weekendâ€™s annual Rally in the Valley.
The weather was pleasant but windy at times for the celebration hosted by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce. The weekend was jam packed with activities for all ages in Valley City.
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team didnâ€™t necessarily play badly in its final game of the annual Pizza Corner Classic.
The problem in its 10-0 loss to Steele afternoon was that a few unlucky breaks added up and left the team with a 6th place finish in its own tournament.
The two-day tournament wrapped up Sunday at Charlie Brown Memorial Field and featured teams from southwestern North Dakota.
â€śWe had a snowball effect,â€ť said coach Lance Lukes. â€śWe made a mistake, we made another one after that, and it led to a big inning for them.â€ť
Post 60 begins week of league play
The Valley City Post 60 baseball team kicks off a week full of Section 1 play with a home game today against Enderlin at 5:30 p.m. at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
Post 60 has home games this week with Wahpeton Wednesday, Great Bend Thursday, and Galchutt Friday. All have a 5:30 p.m. start.
Local golfer hits hole-in-one