September 7th, 2012
By Scott Schlaufman
ROGERS â€” On paper, the final scores in the Barnes County North volleyball team's 3-0 loss to LaMoure were pretty rough.
But given the youth of the team, Bison coach Lauren Ressler wasn't too bothered by the 25-8, 25-16, 25-6 outcome.
"It's tough when the score doesn't show that there are good things happening out there," Ressler said. "I am seeing progress every day, it's just that by the time the game comes, everything has to be fitting together."
VC Youth Bowling Registration Sunday
Registration for the 2012-13 Valley City Youth Bowling Leagues will be held on Sept. 9 from 1to 3:30 p.m. at Sky Lanes.
The Valley City Youth Bowling Leagues are open to all area youth in kindergarten through high school. Grades 3-6 bowl Saturday at 9:30 a.m., grades K-2 bowl Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and grades 7-12 bowl Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
So far this season, Valley City High School volleyball coach Katy Van Dyke has put the emphasis on defense.
After Tuesday's 25-23, 25-8, 25-18 home loss to Fargo Shanley to open Eastern Dakota Conference play, she's expecting to change that emphasis.
Though the Hi-Liners had plenty of success digging balls and keeping them alive, they struggled at times with getting spikes to land in-bounds.
The Maple Valley Raiders volleyball team won its season and home opener to the Barnes County North Bison Thursday.
The Raiders started their season with a 3-0 win, heavily leading in points throughout the match.
Short and and out-of-bounds serves by BCN gave the Raiders some points in the first game, and a scoring streak by senior Cassie Pautz serving produced more points as BCN struggled to respond.
Maple Valley started off the first game with four points in the first couple minutes.
BCN redeemed themselves with four points, but not for long as Maple Valley scored five more.
Valley City High School's girls cross country team took first place in their division Friday in the first annual VCSU Cross Country Meet at the Valley City Town and Country Club.
Running against teams from Jamestown High School, Central Prairie and Sargent Central, the Hi-Liners ended up with 27 points, and VCHS 10th grader April Berntson took first running the 3K race with a time of 12:04.
Jamestown's Maya Moltzen came in second with a time of 12:19, and Jamestown's Rachel Morin came in third with a time of 12:30.
I struggle with typing this story to you. I want not for this to be about me. It is anything but. Know I am aware that by sharing it I am shining a light on my own ego. I fought with myself internally before deciding the end lesson must be told despite the fact some of you may misread this and think I am bragging or asking for praise. Hear me. No praise. Hear me. I usually wouldnâ€™t share what happened today. I do it often but today was different.
Located in a bean field atop a hill southeast of Valley City is a mechanical piece of alternative energy that farmer Jeff Wurzer hopes will cut his electricity bill in half.
Wurzer had a wind turbine installed on his farmland by Enterprise Sales of Valley City.
The turbine, which converts wind to energy, generating electricity, took under two months to install and is expected to have paid for itself within four years, according to Jack Hanson, solar and wind energy consultant at Enterprise Sales.
Barnes County is one of 16 in the state that have been declared an agricultural disaster by the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this week.
David Shea, of the USDAâ€™s Farm Service Agency office in Valley City, said the declaration is based on the countyâ€™s drought level and drought conditions, and opens the door for area farmers to apply for low-interest loans through the FSAâ€™s farm loan program.
â€śTheyâ€™re eligible for emergency loans but they have to qualify for them,â€ť Shea said.
A Barnes County-owned buyout house along the Sheyenne River south of Valley City will serve a special purpose before it is eventually dismantled.
At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting the county commission moved to allow the regional SWAT team to use the building for training exercises.
The exact time and location of the training will not be made public because the team wishes to keep its methods a secret from the criminals who will be subject to them.
Valley City officials officially announced Monday their plans to work with the Economic Development Corporation to purchase land for the National Guard. The announcement came during the regular city commission meeting.
The 70 acres of land the city is looking to purchase for the National Guard is east of John Deere and includes the home and outbuildings of Valley City resident Stan Ryan.