Archive - Dec 2011
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) â€” A man accused of fleeing a prisoner transport van in North Dakota and sparking a manhunt is scheduled to change his plea to a felony escape charge.
Joseph Megna initially pleaded not guilty. A change of plea hearing and a sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 4 in Valley City, though defense attorney Mark Blumer says things might change before then. He did not elaborate.
The Barnes County Commission will meet Tuesday, Dec. 20, in the Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Barnes County Courthouse at 8 a.m.
8:00 Pledge of Allegiance
8:05 Kerry Johnson, Hwy Supt, River Bank Study
9:00 Auditorâ€™s Office â€“ Approval of minutes / Alicia, North Country Trail Easements / Randy McClaflin â€“ Part time help
9:15 Compensation Committee
9:45 Action on Park Board's recommendations to purchase pickup & not to
pursue sale of Yellowstone Park
10:15 Betty Koslofsky-Hearing P & Z Development Code Changes
The five Republican candidates for North Dakotaâ€™s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives will debate for the first time Wednesday night on the VCSU campus.
The debate will include Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer of Bismarck; former Department of Commerce Commissioner Shane Goettle of Bismarck/Mandan; state Representative Bette Grande of Fargo; Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk of Bismarck; and state Representative Kim Koppelman of Fargo.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) â€” A state Department of Commerce program that helps developers of North Dakota farm products is funding five projects this quarter.
The grants from the Agricultural Products Utilization Commission total more than $170,000.
North Dakota State University is getting the most money â€” grants of about $60,000 and $25,000 for research on fertilizer and vegetables.
The North Dakota State University Feedlot School has been scheduled for Jan. 24 and 25 at the university's Carrington Research Extension Center.
The course will focus on feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing.
The Barnes County Ag Improvement annual meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Ag Country Farm Credit Services Meeting Room beginning at 10 a.m.
NDSU Extension Service agronomist Greg Endres will be the opening presentation with "Wheat Fungicide Response and Research Highlights." Maynard Helgaas of Green Vision Energy will also speak on growing beets for bio-fuel.
Ballots were made available for the City of Valley City's Jan. 24 recall election on Wednesday morning, and city officials are encouraging registered voters within city limits to pick up their ballots sooner rather than later.
"Basically, we wanted to get the word out so that people do the absentee ballots, because the weather can be so questionable in January, and because we have so many snowbirds," said city administrative assistant Becki Andersen. "It just saves everybody time and postage.
The Barnes County Commissioners, Cindy Schwehr, John Froelich, Rodger Berntson, Phil Leitner and Eldred Knutson, re-orgainzed the County Commission's portfolio schedule for 2012 at the commission meeting on Tuesday.
The 2012 portfolio holders for the county departments and boards are:
Auditor - Leitner
Data processing - Leitner
City-County Health - Schwehr
Clerk of court - Berntson
County agent/extension - Froelich
Highway dept./county engineer - Schwehr, Berntson
County park - Leitner, Knutson
Building and grounds - Berntson
Emergency management - Knutson
Wednesday, December 7
"Introduction to Baby Sign Language" will be offered at Headstart in Valley City from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Â Class will cover the basics of using simple sign language to facilitate early communication withÂ infantsÂ and toddlers.Â Call the Parent Resource Center at 845-8528 to register for this free class.
Thursday, December 8
Wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will give a presentation 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Foss Music Building. He will be presenting a collection of his wildlife/nature images from his extensive travels.
BISMARCK, N.D. â€“ Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined officials from Microsoft and Hitachi Consulting to announce a Fargo-based business venture between the technology companies that will create new North Dakota jobs and business opportunities.
â€śThis Fargo-based venture will create new jobs and great opportunities for business growth in North Dakota,â€ť Dalrymple said. The decision by Microsoft and Hitachi Consulting to expand their business relationship in Fargo is a testament to North Dakotaâ€™s strong business climate and our quality workforce.â€ť