August 21st, 2012
Teachers, administrators, parents and students are racing to get ready for the first day of school. Superintendent Dean Koppelman said the school needs help from parents to get students registered for classes and bussing.
North Dakota requires 175 days of classroom instruction per academic year, and with the amount of required testing students face, Koppelman wondered at Mondayâ€™s school board meeting if students are tested too much.
BWhen theatre student Burke Tagney walks into Valley City State Universityâ€™s Vangstad Auditorium Friday, he wonâ€™t know what to expect. He does know that in just 24 hours, audience will be at their seats in anticipation for a series of plays created in just one day.
Tagney will be a participant in the 24-hour Theatre Extravaganza, which is hosted by VCSUâ€™s Theatre Department and open to the entire community.
The Valley City State University volleyball team showed glimpses of what its deep front line was capable of in Saturday's season opening losses to Waldorf (Iowa) College and Jamestown College.
Given the chances, the rotating barrage of Aurissa Martens, Jill Noeske, Rachel Hummel, Alley Theroux and Kelsey Labodi had no problem trying for kills.
The problem, especially in a three game loss to Jamestown, was a back line that struggled to get balls to its setter to run the offense as planned.
Valley City Police are stepping up patrol after a rash of suspicious activity and now a Monday-night arson were reported in Valley Cityâ€™s Chautauqua and City Parks.
â€śWe had some people call in and say that there were some people down there that looked kind of suspicious,â€ť said Tyler Jacobson, Valley City Parks and Recreation director.
â€śWe called the police and asked if they step up their patrol. Weâ€™ve also had a couple of fires going on out at Chautauqua; a couple individuals burned up one of garbage cans completely and burned one of our dumpsters too.â€ť
A 1.5 mile stretch of smooth, new blacktop now rises, falls, twists and turns as it winds from the opening gate of Clausen Springs around the southern half of the lake to the Clausen Springs Dam. The road was finished last week and is the final piece of the restoration of the park after it was devastated during spring flooding in 2009.
Like many, Valley City resident Bonnie Olson has plenty of trips sheâ€™d like to take, but canâ€™t always fit in due to high gas prices.
But for now, that isnâ€™t much of a worry.
Olson had her name drawn as the winner of the grand prize of the Times-Recordâ€™s $1,000 Free Gas Giveaway and won $250 gift cards to the Valley Service, Stop and Go, Dakota Plains and Brothers III gas stations in Valley City.
â€śThis is really going to be nice, because now my gas is paid for,â€ť Olson said.
Valley City City Administrator, David Schelkoph said that contrary to rumors, the cityâ€™s water supply is not in danger of contamination, nor is there the possibility of the sewer system backing up. The problem, Schelkoph said, is with the master lift station, and reducing pressure on the sewer system.
To me, that husband of mine is sexy! His voice is deep and calm unlike my high, shrieking, un-calm blabber. I fall in to the transparent emerald of his eyes feeling like Iâ€™ve just landed on a grassy meadow in Ireland. His legs are muscular and formed like a Roman warrior. They are so appealing to me that if I could â€“I would taxidermy them and use them as a lamp just like the one in â€śThe Christmas Story.â€ť Geepers. I hope he doesnâ€™t one day read this. He is a modest man with clean, soft hands. For all that he is he isnâ€™t handy. Thatâ€™s not a criticism. It just is what it is.
Valley Realty will be developing a residential addition called Hillside Addition in the northwest part of Valley City.
Vice President Jim Knutson said the addition will have about 17 lots.
â€śWeâ€™re looking to start the underground work for sewer and water within the next week or two,â€ť Knutson said, adding that he hopes to have the properties available for sale yet this fall.
Being uprooted from home can cause a string of emotions to anybody, but for some Valley City residents, they feel a sense of relief being away from the flood-prone Sheyenne River. Those residents had properties bought out by the city. Valley Cityâ€™s voluntary acquisition program allows the city to acquire properties close to the river that cannot be safely and permanently protected from floods.