June 4th, 2013
Spring planting has been hindered by rain, but is still near complete.
According to North Dakota State University Extension Service Agent for Barnes County Randy Grueneich, quite a few area farmers are finished planting corn and are down to planting beans and sunflowers. Statewide, corn planting is about 84 percent complete, compared to 100 percent this time last spring when weather was warm and dry.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Valley City Parks and Recreation began its summer youth activities Monday. Activities include baseball, tennis, golf, swimming lessons and track for youth of all ages in the area.
Recreation manager Amy Pederson said registration is still open for some events, and people can still register for events already started for a $10 late fee. She said to stop by the Rec Center or call (701) 845-3294 to register.
This summer's vacation packing should include more than swimsuits and sunscreen. This summer, before leaving on vacation, be sure to pack a recent issue of the Valley City Times-Record.
Readers who send a photo of themselves reading the Times-Record at their vacation destination will have their photos published and posted on the T-R website.
In mid-summer and again at the end of summer, the Times-Record will hold a random drawing of everyone who sent a photo for a free subscription.
People in Valley City have one more event to attend June 15 and 16 for Rally in the Valley community days. The first ever North Dakota Winter Show mud bogs will be that Saturday afternoon.
The mud bogs will be held outside on the west side of the Winter Show building Saturday, June 15; gates open at 2 p.m.
Mud bog are a race in which the goal is to drive a vehicle through a pit of mud of a set length. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the pit.
Recently the U.S. Census Bureau released a statistic that may not surprise many, North Dakota has the highest rate of bars per capita in the nation with Wisconsin following closely behind. Barnes County and Valley City, however, actually have more bars per capita than the state as a whole. To learn the numbers and learn why this may be, read Friday's Times-Record.
This summer, youth spotted wearing a helmet during appropriate summer activities could find themselves being treated to free Dairy Queen ice cream by the Barnes County Sheriff's Department.
During the summer months, children across the state will be rewarded with a free Dairy Queen ice cream when spotted wearing a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or wearing inline skates.
When "caught," law enforcement will "cite" the child by issuing them a mock ticket. The ticket will include a coupon for a free small ice cream cone at participating Dairy Queen restaurants.
The Valley City Park District is planning another summer of Music at the Courthouse on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. starting June 5. Local musicians are featured each week showcasing their talents for the community and surrounding area.
This year's Music at the Courthouse will kick off on Wednesday, June 5, with the Meyer Family from Valley City.
Read more in Friday's Times-Record.
Valley City police can now be seen by the public in new vehicles. Tahoes recently purchased by the Valley City Police Department are here and on the streets.
The vehicles at about $31,000 each, were purchased instead of sedans for practical reasons Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson told the Times-Record in a previous interview. One will be used as a patrol vehicle while the other will replace an unmarked vehicle.
Read more in Thursday's Times-Record.
Springtime in Valley City means the official start of street construction, and workers have begun the last phase of an ongoing street project.
According to Chad Peterson, an engineer with KLJ, who is acting as the city's engineering firm, phase II of the 9th Avenue NW project is underway and scheduled to be complete later this year. For more on street projects, read Thursday's Times-Record
Earlier this month for members of the Valley City DECA chapter traveled to Anaheim, California to compete in a National DECA competition.
Friday Scott Hurlimann said Devon Lilinquist, Jarod Nelson, Kyle Knutson and Austin Svenningsen were the local DECA members attending the conference.
They attended the conference while competing against 16,000 other DECA members from around the United States and Canada.
Read more in Thursday's Times-Record.