May 14th, 2012 @ 10:51 am | Author:
At the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, Valley City State University was presented with a Community Enhancement Award to recognize the installation of artificial turf on its football field. Larry Robinson, Executive Director of Advancement for VCSU, accepted the award.
Keith Heuser, president of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said, "Artificial turf at VCSU's football field is a tremendous asset to both VCSU as well as the region. Its durability means that it can be used for many purposes in addition to Viking football such as hosting games for area high-schools. The field is also a valuable asset to VCSU since it is very attractive to prospective athletes and enhances VCSU's ability to recruit top athletes."
The project was made possible largely through a major contribution from Shelly Ellig, the Fargo-area businessman and philanthropist who founded Stop-N-Go stores and several other businesses in the region. In recognition of this contribution, the field was named Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium. Other major contributors to the project included Valley City/Barnes County Economic Development, the City of Valley City Visitors Committee, DuWayne Bott, Dacotah Bank, Bob and Jan Ingstad - Ingstad Family Media, AmericInn, Grotberg Electric, Leevers Super Valu, and Nodak Mutual Insurance.