February 12th, 2013
Local law enforcement and snow removal crews were busy Monday dealing with the aftermath of nearly a foot of heavy, wet snow that fell on the area Sunday.
According to the National Weather Service, eight to 10 inches of snow, equal to four to six inches of moisture, fell from Sunday morning to Monday morning in Valley City with more snow recorded south of the city.
Travel became treacherous on Sunday with icy roads and blowing snow causing white-out conditions. Interstate 94 was closed from Jamestown east to Alexandria, Minn. from Sunday afternoon to late morning on Monday.
Valley Cityâs Another Time restaurant will soon serve authentic and homemade Mexican food from owner and head cook Abel Turrubiates.
Turrubiates, a native-born Mexican, said he will eventually call his restaurant Mi Pueblito, which means âmy little town.â
âThe reason I call it my little town, is Valley City is a little town, and I have my children who live here, and I thought of adopting his little town as âmy little town,ââ he said.
Turrubiates took over the business from former owner Tanya Hurlimann, who recently decided to move to Florida.
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The North Dakota School Counselors Association recently awarded Judi Hillier, currently K-3 counselor at Jefferson Elementary School in Valley City, the North Dakota Elementary School Counselor of the Year Award.
Mrs. Hillier has implemented programs at Washington and Jefferson Schools, which include organizing the first fifth and sixth grade Career Fair and Kindness Week activities.
Most recently at Jefferson, Judi organized the Third Grade Test Tip Pep Rally, Honoring Children Military Program and the Autism Awareness Classroom activities.
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Valley City, Feb. 7, 2013 â A team of middle school Mathletes from Valley City Jr. High won the Barnes County MATHCOUNTS competition. The top individual was Erik Johnson, son of Scott and Amy Johnson, from Valley City Jr. High. Second place was Evan Haglund, son of Bret and Toni Haglund, from Valley City Jr. High. Third place was Sam Richman, son of Matt and Jenni Richman, from Maple Valley. Fourth place was Dustin Kasowski, son of Randy and Lori Kasowski, from Maple Valley.
So long and farewell
By Scott Schlaufman
A few months ago, I went up to Grafton.
It was a unique trip for many reasons. The Valley City High School football team was playing there in the semifinals of the AA playoffs, the day after a large snow storm hit the area.
The field itself had been plowed early that morning, but only the field, plus about a foot beyond, leaving the bleacher-less Valley City crowd to packed along the sidelines.
As the game went on, one of the girls from the school turns and asks me, "Scott- why aren't you cheering?"
The Valley City High School gymnastics team finished the regular season last Thursday, taking third in a meet in Jamestown.
The Hi-Liners earned their highest team score of the season despite having Sara Gilbertson, one of the team's most consistent vaulters and a strong beam performer, out with a sore ankle.
Rebekah Fisher led the way with a 35.80 All Around score and placed in all events.
âGirls with guns.â Thatâs what my shirt says. I got it from a girl with guns. The shirt makes me feel protected. A friend of mine taught me how to shoot so the saying on my shirt wouldnât be a lie. Feeling safe is what I told that husband of mine was the most important thing before we got married.
Iâm not mentally ill and neither are my many friends with guns. Iâm guessing if the government attempts to take any more control of things they have no business peeping in to, perhaps mental illness will be the norm. In the slightest of ways it is already happening.
I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo and I-29 from Grand Forks to Fargo NOW OPEN; I-29 remains closed from Fargo to ND/SD border
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have opened I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo and I-29 from Grand Forks to Fargo. The portion of I-29 from Fargo to the ND/SD border remains closed at this time. Motorists are reminded that the roadways are covered with ice and compacted snow and are extremely icy. Motorists must slow down and use extreme caution while traveling.
The Valley City Police Department held a training class for those who own or are employed at alcohol establishments Friday. The same class will be offered about every month at the VCPD.
Officer Wade Hannig, who head the class Friday, said the free classes are âan effort to help the bars notice potential problems, avoid them before they become problems âÂ just kind of a community service.â
When Valley City Assessor Sandy Hansen made an inquiry regarding homestead tax exemptions in North Dakota, she couldnât have known that she would start a chain reaction that may change how the state approaches special assessments and homestead exemptions.
A homestead exemption is a property tax reduction for the elderly and disabled. It is a sliding scale reduction that is based on income after deducting medical expenses, according to Hansen.