May 8th, 2012
On April 10, 1912 LaLander Stadig Norman, â€śDUCKâ€ť was born in Binford, North Dakota and grew up in Valley City, ND. The day of his birth was the day the Titanic set sail.
His parents immigrated from Sweden. His father was John Norman who worked at the Fair Store in its hey day. His mother fed harvesters from a traveling cook car. As a lad, Duck helped her.
He graduated at age 15 from High School and went to Valley City Teachersâ€™ College. Then he studied at the University of Michigan and studied 10 years to become an actuary.
Valley City High Schoolâ€™s artists will have one last chance to shine on Thursday at the VCHS Fine Arts Festival.
The exhibition in the school starts at 6 p.m. and comes days after several VCHS art students were honored for their achievements in the Junior Duck Stamp Competition at the stateâ€™s annual banquet in Bismarck.
VCHS art instructor Kelly Callahan said as an art instructor, she can only do so much, but her students help teach and motivate each other.
The Valley City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is celebrating National Tourism Week at 12:00 (noon) on Thursday, May 10. The celebration begins at the new water fountain at City Park then moves to the outdoor display at the Rosebud Visitor Center. Rootbeer floats will be served at the Visitor Center.
Aaron Haugen has been selected as Valley City State University Student Employee of the Month for April 2012.
A 2008 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School, Pelican Rapids, MN, Haugen is a Senior at Valley City State University. Valley City, N.D., majoring in Business Education.
Haugen is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization on campus.
Haugen is employed at the VCSU Music Department.
His parents are David and Martha Haugen, Pelican Rapids, Minn.
Valley City State University technology education Professor and Great Plains STEM Education Center director Donald Mugan is retiring June 15 after 39 years as a teacher and administrator at VCSU, he said Friday.
STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.
It is a new way of looking at science and math education to make the disciplines more attractive to the current generation of students.
As center director, Mugan saw himself as an evangelist in transforming math, science, engineering and technology education into a form that attracts students.
Students at Valley City State University got the chance to present projects they have been working on over the 2011-2012 school year at the Scholar Symposium on Thursday.
Nearly three dozen students presented to a panel of 21 judges that included VCSU faculty and staff on topics ranging from the North Dakota dairy industry to classical music and literary analysis.
â€śItâ€™s an annual event and itâ€™s the best works from the fall semester and the spring semester,â€ť said Jodi Shorma, VCSU instructor and the symposiumâ€™s coordinator.
It has been said that â€śLife is to be lived forward, and understood backwards.â€ť That is so hard for most of us! We want to understand first. Whenever we face a problem or challenge, we want to know the details and know â€śwhy?â€ť from the start. But life doesnâ€™t let us read ahead. We have to wait for it to be lived. Hopefully in time, answers will be clearer.
Last week I sat with butterflies photographing and sharing them. I rode my vintage John Deere bike up my prairie road in utter bliss â€“as if I was riding in an animated Disney movie. The butterflies fluttered all around me as I sat at my blossoming cherry tree thanking them for choosing me to spend time with.
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 final interviewee is candidate Mary Lee Nielson.
Mary Lee Nielson
A Valley City native sunk the 29th hole-in-one at Bjornson Public Golf Course on Wednesday.
Tom Kellogg said the experience was â€śQuite a trip.
â€śI was golfing with a co-worker out here, when we got to Hole 2 he had a 5-iron and he hit it too far and I had a 7, so I figured I might club up to a 6. When I hit it, it looked kind of short but the way it bounced we both new it was on the green.â€ť
When the two drove up to the green in their golf cart, they had trouble finding Kelloggâ€™s shot. His fellow golfer suggested it might have gone in the hole, and Kellogg thought he was joking.