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An emotional return to #1

In a tournament filled with narrow one-run games and rain delays, the Velva-Drake Aggies not only ended Minot Ryan’s stranglehold on the state title, they did it in spectacular fashion. The Aggies took on the reigning state champs last Saturday night, and whipped the Lions 13-3 to claim the Class B High School championship for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century.

Posted 6/08/10 (Tue) read more »

V.H.S. commencement

Velva High School graduated 39 seniors last Sunday, marking the school 99th commencement. Ali Podoll was valdictorian and Whitney Boehm, Michael Wiest and Zachary Neibuhr shared salutatorian honors.

Posted 6/03/10 (Thu) read more »

It's really, really close … really!

At Tuesday’s street project meeting, all indications were the end is in sight. Dustin Keller of Keller Paving said his crews were raising manholes Tuesday and Wednesday, and then planned to begin laying the final lift of asphalt on Thursday. If the good weather holds, the paving will be complete by this weekend.

Posted 6/03/10 (Thu) read more »

Duct taped, dyed, shaved and pied

Students and staff at Velva Public School celebrate the arrival of spring with a barbecue and what amounted to a teacher “torture” session, albeit of the light-hearted variety.

Posted 5/25/10 (Tue) read more »

Paving to begin next week

According to Dustin Keller of Keller Paving, the final lift of asphalt on Main Street should be going down by next Wednesday, June 2. He said his crews would not be raising the manholes until the beginning of next week, since they didn’t want to leave them that way over the holiday weekend.

Posted 5/25/10 (Tue) read more »

Whipping winds

As the newspaper was going to press on Tuesday afternoon, gale force winds were whipping through the area. Gusts up to 60 miles per hour sent garbage cans rolling down the streets, tore shingles off roofs and destroyed trees, such as this one in the Velva City Park.

Posted 5/25/10 (Tue) read more »

No mayoral candidates

The deadline to file for Velva’s upcoming city election has come and gone, leaving an empty ballot slot for the position of city mayor.

Posted 4/28/10 (Wed) read more »

A citywide sigh of relief

City leaders, business people and residents have been dreading spring this year for one simple reason: it would herald the return of construction equipment and torn-up streets. But at Monday’s prejob meeting, Keller Paving representatives announced the attempts to correct many of the sewer problems using new technology have been successful, meaning Main Street disruption this spring will be minimal. Justin Thurn of Keller projected the entire project should be completed by May 15.

Posted 4/28/10 (Wed) read more »

May not have to dig up Main Street ... again

The Velva City Commission held the city equalization and regular monthly meetings last week. A hot topic was the repair of last summer’s inadequately installed sanitary sewer lines. Keller Paving, the lead contractor on the Main Street project, has brought in a technology from Minnesota to hopefully remedy the situation, providing an alternative to tearing up the new pavement and digging up the lines.

Posted 4/20/10 (Tue) read more »

DFS Gala a big success

A record number 98 guests attended the DFS Spring Gala at the Star City Golf Course last Saturday night, filling all 12 themed tables. Organizers don’t yet have the final figures on money raised at the event, but said the response was overwhelming.

Posted 4/13/10 (Tue) read more »