October 15th, 2012
A federal push is underway this week to encourage people to visit national wildlife refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week. From Oct. 14 - 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants citizens to celebrate Americaâ€™s wildlife heritage, and see what wildlife refuges are doing to conserve it.
â€śNational wildlife refuges play a crucial role in conserving Americaâ€™s wildlife legacy,â€ť says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe in a news release. â€śRefuges also play important roles in human communities.
Barnes County has been awarded a Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant designed to help various communities and residents to recover from the 2011 flood disaster in North Dakota, said Kimberly Franklin, director of Barnes County Emergency Management.
Barnes County has been allocated $93,000 to assist homeowners to rehabilitate their flood damaged homes.
Barnes County Commissioner Cindy Schwehr said Franklin had notified her the county received the grant.
Supporters of Measure 5 released a list of crimes against animals in the state in response to critics of the measure that would strengthen the legal penalties in cases of animal cruelty.
â€śAcross the countryâ€”everywhere but North Dakota and South Dakotaâ€”the worst acts of cruelty to dogs, cats and horses are considered felonies, yet these vicious crimes happen here, too,â€ť said Karen Thunshelle, campaign manager for North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty.
Some monsters may soon be returning to local waters.
The National Fish Hatchery near Valley City is in the process of relaunching the stateâ€™s muskie (muskellunge) program. Muskies are the largest member of the pike family, typically growing from 30 to 50 inches long.
â€śThe rebuilding of that program is in its infancy,â€ť said fish hatchery director Kurt Eversman.
Owie! If youâ€™ve seen me at all this week you may have heard me say that word.
About a week and a half ago I began noticing it more than before. Though I noticed it before â€“ I did that thing Iâ€™ve made myself so good at. I can justify most any pain in my body.
Pain is such a subjective thing. I can breathe my way through most anything and use my mind to forget about it for a minute. If I have a raging headache and squeeze my ear lobe my headache pain disappears for a spell because then my ear is taking up all the pain receptors. Just like I tease my cat â€“ I tease my pain.
Residents at Valley Cityâ€™s Open Door Center have been making Pride of Dakota products since the beginning of this year, and the demand for them just keeps increasing.
In January, the ODC purchased the Thunderbird Ranch Gourmet Foods line and moved it from a small western North Dakota town called Ray to Valley City.
ODC residents produce 29 Pride of Dakota food products that are sold online, at various Pride of Dakota shows, and in various retailers across the Midwest as well as in the Eagleâ€™s Nest Bookstore.
Special to the Times-Record
As the stands emptied Thursday night at Hanna Field, things were seemingly quiet inside the stadium. But in the parking lot, there was a hint of celebration as fans honked their horns and exchanged high fives before driving off for the night. It wasn't without reason.
With a 40-14 win over Central Cass, the Valley City High School team clinched its return to the Class AA state playoffs for the first time since 2010.
It was a win in which Valley City fell behind on the opening drive, but got ahead late in the first quarter and never let up.
Paul and Eugene Komrosky are in Valley Cityâ€™s Mercy Hospital after being injured in an explosion that destroyed Paulâ€™s house on 101st Avenue Southeast in the Eckelson area Tuesday, said Eugeneâ€™s wife, Hilma Komrosky.
She said Paul is in the intensive care unit, and Eugene is in a regular room. â€śThey both received second-degree burns â€“ very painful,â€ť Hilma said.
Hilma said two Komrosky families were living in the residence at the time of the explosion â€“ Paul and Jason Komrosky, and Jasonâ€™s wife, Laura.
The Valley City Police Department is asking for information from possible witnesses to a hit and run that left a Valley City woman injured on Tuesday morning.
Tonya Bennett, co-owner of the Another Time restaurant on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West Main Street, reported a regular customer had been hit by a young, female driver around 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
â€śShe came in and said that a black pickup with a young girl came speeding around the corner and she (the driver) had earphones in, hit her, and kept going,â€ť Bennett said.