Vikings Sweep the Bluehawks

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( The Valley City State Vikings men’s and women’s basketball teams warped up their three game home stand on Saturday with a sweep over Dickinson State. The women defeated the Bluehawks 63-51. The men picked up their first North Star Athletic Association win of the season with a 73-66 win over DSU.

Women: Valley City State 63 Dickinson State 51

The opening half of the women’s game might as well have been a three point contest. The Bluehawks knocked down eight three pointers in the opening half. Despite only hitting six from behind the arc in the opening period it was the Vikings who took a three point lead into the first half. 

The Vikings responded after the break by plying shut down defense. In the second half the Bluehawks had just two three pointers and scored just 16 points.

The Vikings were led in the game by Sierra Even who had a team high 15 points and seven rebounds. Georgia Williams matched Even’s 15 points while Courtney Dixon posted 14 points. The games leading scorer was Dickinson’s Paitton Herbst who tallied 18 points. 

The win advances Valley City State to 15-7 overall and 3-1 in the North Star. The Bluehawks fall 8-13 overall and 2-2 in the league. 

Men: Valley City State 73 Dickinson State 66

The Vikings and Bluehawks went all the way to the wire in the night cap. The Vikings picked up the win by shooting a strong 41 percent from the field. 

Valley City’s Riley West led all players in the game with 22 points. The Lakeville, Minnesota native was clutch at the free throw line hitting 8-of-10 shots from the line. He opened the game missing the first two that he shot. 

Under the basket Ellwood Ellenson just missed out on a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds. His counter part Mack Odenier posted a team high 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Bluehawks. 

The win advances Valley City to 11-12 overall and 1-3 in the North Star. The Bluehawks fall to 9-12 and 1-3 in the conference. 

The Vikings return to the court on Wednesday when they travel to Mayville State. Play begins at 5:30pm with the women’s game. The men will follow after that. Both games can be heard on 1490 KOVC. 

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Hi-Liner Girls Second Half Rally Falls Short

EDMORE ( The Valley City High School girls basketball team lost their second game in less than 24 hours with a 58-50 loss on the road against the Raiders of Lakota/Edmore.

The fourth ranked team in Class B had a lead as much as 12 at one point in the contest, before a 8-0 late in the third quarter by the Hi-Liners pulled the game to within a point. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Valley City (6-8 5-8 EDC) was able to tie the contest, but never was able to gain any traction after; seeing the Raiders pull away to seal the deal.

Lakota/Edmore (13-2 6-0 Class B District 7) had a team high 33 points from University of North Dakota commit Fallyn Freije, while the Hi-Liners had 15 points from Sadie Klingenberg, and 13 points each from Clarissa Olson and Rebeca Peterson.

Valley City returns to Eastern Dakota Conference play on Tuesday, February 3 with a home contest against Fargo South. 

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Oil Extraction Tax Cut Starts On Feb. 1

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A tax cut that will cost the state about $160,000 in lost revenue for each well drilled is slated to begin on Sunday.

The extraction tax exemption is an incentive to keep companies drilling new wells when they might otherwise go idle due to low oil prices. That trigger needs to average $55 for a month but is due to expire this summer.

North Dakota sweet crude was fetching about $45 a barrel late last week. The price was well below the trigger through most of January.

The tax incentive is one of two that gives North Dakota oil industry a big tax break when crude prices nosedive.  State law also forgives a 6.5 percent extraction tax if the five-month average price of a barrel of oil slips below $52.58.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Fees Increase Feb. 1

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) – Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is increasing entrance and campground fees.

The National Park Service says the increases will be phased in, starting Sunday, to lessen their impact.

Acting Superintendent Wendy Ross says the majority of the 29 responses the park received during a public comment period supported the increases. She says the additional money will be used for projects to benefit park visitors, such as trail upgrades and improvements to museum exhibits.

The per-vehicle cost to enter the park will go from $10 to $20, and eventually to $25 in 2017. Annual park passes will rise from $20 to $40, and eventually to $50 in 2017. Campground fees also will increase in varying amounts.

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