Nikki Johnson is on her second month in her new business in downtown Valley City. Johnson, Valley City, opened Absolute Tranquility Therapeutic Massage in July, offering a variety of relaxation services.
Johnson is also an occupational therapist but decided she wanted to focus on a more relaxing side to therapy.
â€śThe world is so stressful, I just want to focus on helping people relax and incorporate it into their healthy living,â€ť she said.
The National Fire Prevention Associationâ€™s annual â€śFire Prevention Weekâ€ť kicks off on Sunday, and Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath said he is preparing to present to Washington, Jefferson and St. Catherineâ€™s Elementary Schools next week to educate children on fire safety.
Solicitations for donations for the Erma Overby Scholarship at Valley City State University will be sent in the coming weeks, but the Valley City-Barnes County Health District can no longer be a part of the effort to recognize the former CCHD director.
Overby, who passed away on June 4 at age 87, worked as a school nurse and the director of the City-County Health District when the two departments merged in 1978. In 2004 the state recognized her with the Outstanding Service in Public Health Award.