May 28th, 2012
WIMBLEDON, N.D. - Cold weather, rain and a five-year wait were not enough to deter the crowds that gathered in Wimbledon for the grand opening of the Midland Continental Railroad Depot Transportation Museum on Saturday.
The Winter Show building looked a little more green and yellow on Saturday as John Deere turned 175, and John Deere Seeding Group of Valley City celebrated with a party open to the entire community.
The celebration featured entertainment for visitors in the afternoon and a employee appreciation dinner to end the evening.
April showers bring May flowers, but May showers may ruin some Memorial Day weekend plans.
Friday‚Äôs high temperatures are expected to drop from the low 60s into the 50s on Saturday, when rain clouds and possible thunderstorms are expected to spread throughout the region, which could linger into Sunday.
‚ÄúRight now it looks like the best chance for thunderstorms will be Saturday night into Sunday,‚ÄĚ said Jeff Makowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a chance for thunderstorms later Sunday night but they‚Äôll be a little bit more scattered.‚ÄĚ
A major change is in the works for the 2012-2013 school year that most students will probably not notice.
Following a nationwide media blitz earlier this year over lean, finely-textured beef ‚Äď or ‚Äúpink slime,‚ÄĚ as it was dubbed ‚Äď the United States Department of Agriculture will begin labeling the ground beef products it provides to schools so America‚Äôs school‚Äôs food service directors can make the decision as to whether they will include LFTB or not.
CASSELTON ‚ÄĒ Enderlin/Maple Valley softball player Abbie Tinjum approached her last at-bat in Thursday‚Äôs Class B South Region championship game with one goal in mind ‚ÄĒ get the ball in play and get the final run needed in the 17-7 win over Central Cass.
‚ÄúI was thinking that I just needed a base hit because we just need a runner in and I can probably make it to first and beat it out,‚ÄĚ Tinjum said.
She did what she needed to, putting a ball on the ground in the infield as teammate Rylee Nudell sprinted from third to home, beating the throw.
Valley City State University junior Darien Moore won the NAIA national championship in the hammer throw Thursday in Marion, Ind. Moore finished with a throw of 200 feet, beating his closest opponent six feet. Moore will compete in the shot put, which takes place at 2 p.m. today. VCSU‚Äôs Amber Volanti missed placing in the javelin by under a foot.
VCHS softball advances in EDC tourney
The Valley City High School softball team avenged a loss from its season opener, beating Red River 5-1 in the first round of the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament.
Valley City High School‚Äôs April Berntson has yet to see the state track and field meet from an athlete‚Äôs perspective. Bentson, a freshman, narrowly missed making the meet last year as an eighth grader, but instead went as a spectator.
This year, she‚Äôll be making the trip for the right reasons.
Berntson clinched her spot in the state meet with a fifth place finish in the 1,600 meter run at the Eastern Dakota Conference regional meet last weekend in Fargo.
‚ÄúIt was really awesome,‚ÄĚ Berntson said. ‚ÄúI was just so excited and then everybody came and gave me a big hug.‚ÄĚ
Jefferson Elementary School recently hosted a ‚ÄúSurvivor‚ÄĚ field day for students as a fundraising event, and it proved to be a success. Misti Kauffman, vice president of the PTO which helped establish the event, said it raised around $9,000 after expenses.
Kauffman said the event, which was organized with the help of the physical education department, was well-supported and will likely be done again next year.
CARRINGTON, N.D. ‚Äď Tuesday marked an important moment in the history of Valley City and its neighbor to the north, Devils Lake.
‚ÄúThis is a joint meeting of the Devils Lake Outlet Management Advisory Committee and also the Devils Lake Outlet Advisory Committee,‚ÄĚ said Gov. Jack Dalrymple. ‚ÄúIf that‚Äôs confusing you, you‚Äôre not the only one.‚ÄĚ
The five candidates for the two open Valley City City Commission seats, and uncontested Barnes County Commissioners John Froelich and Cindy Schwehr, who are up for reelection this year, addressed the community at a candidate forum Tuesday night at the Hi-Liner Activity Center.
The forum, sponsored by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Mercy Hospital director Keith Heuser, was an opportunity for candidates to get their message out by answering questions from the community.