Archive - Nov 2011
As ice fishing season nears and snowmobilers wait to fire up their engines, North Dakota Game and Fish Department Education Coordinator Jeff Long stressed the importance for both snowmobilers and ice fishermen to be safe when venturing out onto a frozen lake or river.
"We're always making efforts to promote safe ice every year," Long said. "Particularly at the beginning and towards the end of the season when the ice is new and possibly thin, and then towards the end when it gets potentially mushy and not as strong anymore."
The Game and Fish Department suggests:
In a report released Monday by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, former Valley City Police Chief Dean Ross was cleared of accusations that he mismanaged several police department funds.
While the report did find that Ross's financial activities were "unusual, and likely not compliant with generally accepted accounting practices," it found nothing indicating his actions were criminal in nature.
"I am very pleased and gratified that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation report verifies what we've been saying all along and at the all the press conferences," said Ross of the findings.
Members of People to Save the Sheyenne and the Adhoc Downstream Group will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Airie in Valley City.
The public is welcome to discuss the latest developments in combating Devils Lake flooding and how they affect Valley City and downstream communities.
At a special meeting of the Barnes County Commission, Highway Superintendent Kerry Johnson said weight restrictions were being lifted on County Roads 1 near Wimbledon, 22 west of State Highway 1 and 37 on the southeast county line.
Trucks were restricted to six tons per axle on County Roads 1 and 37 and about half a dozen other locations for several months, while County Road 22 was restricted to light traffic only when it was reopened last month following an emergency grade raise.
The Barnes County Commission will meet 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28, in the Commission Chambers at the Barnes County Courthouse to discuss bids for the North Valley Bridge project.
The project includes building a new bridge to the east of the existing North Valley Bridge while keeping traffic open.
The meeting will be followed by a Barnes County Park Board meeting at 9 a.m.
Valley City's school lunch program has been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as one of the healthiest, nutrition-minded programs in the country. Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that will continue to allow federally funded school lunch programs to consider pizza a vegetable.
6:00 p.m. Wrestling: JV Dual vs. West Fargo @ Valley City Jr. Sr. High School
7:00 p.m. Wrestling: Varsity vs. West Fargo @ Valley City Jr. Sr. High School - Hi-Liner Activity Center (HAC)
4:30 p.m. Basketball: Girls Jr. High Game vs. Kindred @ Valley City Jr. Sr. High School - HS North and South Gym.
3:15 p.m. Wrestling: Jr. High Tournament vs. Jamestown @ Jamestown Middle School
TBD Basketball: Girls Varsity Scrimmage vs. Oakes @ Oakes High School
8:00 a.m. Basketball:Girls Jr. High Tournament vs. Kindred @ Kindred High School
Wednesday, Nov. 23
-Firemen's Dance at the Eagles starts at 8:30 p.m., featuring "The Front Fenders".
Saturday, Nov. 26
-Mercy Hospital Foundation will host the Festival of Trees at the Eagles, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, November 28
-The regular monthly meeting of the Barnes Rural Water District for November will be changed from the last Wednesday of the month to 6:15 today at the district office, 421 West Main St., Valley City.
The Barnes County Salvation Army will begin its 2011 Bell Ringing Campaign on Nov. 25, with Joe Lunde and Dave Carlsrud as new kettle drive co-chairmen. Familiar red kettles and cheerful bell-ringers will appear at local stores on Black Friday to collect donations, and if you've ever wanted to be one of the smiling kettle drive faces, now is your chance to step up.
In an early-morning meeting that lasted only a few minutes, the Valley City City Commission approved Resolution No. 1818 by unanimous vote Wednesday morning.
The final draft of the resolution contained more specific language about the Tolna Coulee Control Structure, as well as the proposed West Stump Lake Gravity Flow Emergency Channel on Devils Lake. The resolution states that the commission will support the two structures, assuming they maintain the elevation of Devils Lake at 1,458 feet above mean sea level, allowing the lake to function as a reservoir up to that point.