September 14th, 2012
WEST FARGO, N.D.â€”The smell of popcorn and fried food and the roar of 1,000 conversations filled the air amidst the swirling mass of people attending the 32nd annual Big Iron Farm Show at the West Fargo Fairgrounds this week.
The show was expected to attract more than 800 exhibitors and vendors and more than 80,000 people from around the world.
Jansen Invite story
by Scott Schlaufman
Every year, the Valley City High School cross country team hosts the Bill Jansen Invitational meet, and one thing never changes â€” the size.
"It's generally bigger than most of them," Valley City cross country coach Brian Engelhard said.
This year's race takes place 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bjornson Park Golf Course.
Over 500 runners from 30 schools across the state are signed up to race in the event, which runs junior high and junior varsity races as well.
MONTPELIER, N.D. â€” With only a handful of players with significant varsity experience and five with no varsity experience entering the season, it'd be easy to dismiss the Litchville-Marion/Montpelier volleyball team.
But even with an 0-10 record, it's a team that first-year coach Ryan Nelson believes the girls are onto something, even if the record isn't showing it.
"To come out the way we are playing, it's awesome," Nelson said. "We don't have a win yet, but we've gone four sets a couple of times now with teams that are supposed to be top dogs in our district.
Last week, Barnes County Highway Superintendent Kerry Johnson responded to a complaint that a campaign sign was posted in the countyâ€™s right of way along a county road, obstructing the view of oncoming traffic.
Johnson drove out to the area and noticed the field appeared in the countyâ€™s right of way as well. The right-of-way on the road extends 75 feet from the center and the edge of the field was 39 feet from the center.
Residents at The Legacy Place have the opportunity to show off their artistic abilities Friday during an â€śArt for the Agesâ€ť art exhibit open house.
The Legacy Place, an assisted living facility in Valley City, is hosting the event in honor of National Assisted Living Week, which began on Grandparentâ€™s Day, Sept. 9, and continues until Saturday.
There are 1,109 students enrolled in Valley City Public Schools this year, who have several hundred parents or guardians. However, as the principals of the four schools in the district gave a presentation to parents and the general public about the district failing to meet federal academic requirements, only two parents showed up: School board member Rich Ross and St. Catherineâ€™s fifth-grade teacher Dawn Ihry.
During Tuesday night's regular Valley City School Board meeting, Val Moritz spoke of the joy she's experienced watching baseball games at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
"You talk about a piece of Americana," said Moritz, a member of the school board. "Sitting up there watching a baseball game on a summer night and a train goes over the Hi-Line Bridge â€” it doesn't get any better than that."
9-13 local digest
NDOA Names HOF Inductees
The North Dakota Officials Association (NDOA) announces the inductees to the 2012-13 Hall ofFame as determined at its recent Board of Directors Meeting.Â The inductees will be recognized and receive awards at various North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) events during the 2012-13 school year.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation recently released the â€ś2011 North Dakota Crash Summaryâ€ť and the numbers are fairly grim.
â€śItâ€™s getting worse,â€ť Kasey Skalicki, Safe Communities coordinator with the Valley City-Barnes County Health District, said Tuesday. â€śIn 2011 we had 148 motor vehicle deaths, which is 43 more than in 2010. We have been increasing steadily this year, weâ€™re way ahead of time.â€ť
Skalicki said seat belts and sober driving would have saved many of the lives lost on North Dakota roads in 2011 and 2012.
The old North Valley Bridge is set for demolition on Sept. 17 after serving the residents of Valley City and north central Barnes County, as well as thousands upon thousands of visitors to Lake Ashtabula over the past several decades.
The last vehicles crossed the bridge on the afternoon of Aug. 16, when traffic was then permanently switched over to the new, $2.4 million North Valley Bridge, built along the east side of the existing bridge.