November 30th, 2012
Lee Isensee, Barnes County Salvation Army chairman, feels the organization is blessed based on donations so far this year, but with increased demand contrasted with last year, he hopes there will be enough donations to meet the need.
The local organization needs both bell ringers and donations.
âWe feel so blessed for all the people who ring for us, but we need 500 (spots filled) and have 300 left to fill,â Isensee said Wednesday.
The mission goal of $32,000 is $10,000 greater than last yearâs goal, a result of tremendous success last year combined with great need, said Isensee.
A Powerball lottery ticket buyer has won $10,000 at Leevers Foods in Valley City, said store Manager Rick Idland Wednesday.
Idland said the winner, who has not yet claimed his or her winnings, bought the lottery ticket Saturday.
âNo one has claimed it yet. Yesterday (Tuesday) they had 178 days to claim the money â today they have 177 days to bring it in.â
This is not Leeversâ largest lottery winner â âweâve had a couple of $22,000 winners, a $10,000 winner and $5,000 winners. We sell a lot of lottery tickets at Leevers,â Idland said.
Valley City resident Sara Anderson Moore collects many things, but her most prized is her collection of nativity scenes â a collection with more than 300 pieces.
But Moore doesnât keep her collection to herself. Sheâs excited to show them to others at Our Saviorâs Lutheran Church in Valley City during an open house nativity set display from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. Moore plans to show some of the sets she owns, and others will show their nativity sets too.
Generous area farmers helped the Griggs-Barnes County North Titans football team raise more than $15,000 last month.
During harvest this year, 23 farmers from the Hannaford and Cooperstown areas donated enough grain to fill more than two semi-trailers, totaling more than 2,250 bushels.
The fundraiser was organized by athletic booster club member Kelly Hanson. As the parent of children who played football for the Titans, Hanson was musing with some friends last year about how to raise money for the team.
John Deere Seeding Group broke ground Tuesday on a significant project at its factory in Valley City. The new $20 million expansion will increase the factory that was built 15 years ago by an additional 100,000 square feet, bringing the building to over 325,000 square feet.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined John Deere officials and Mayor Bob Werkhoven for the celebration.
John Deereâs expansion is part of a major Interstate 94 Regional Development Corridor project by the Barnes County-Valley City Development Corporation.
In spite of reports from another media outlet, county commissioners currently do not plan to take over operations of the 9-1-1 system by Jan. 1 according to Barnes County Commissioner Eldred Knutson. The commission will, however, consider taking over financial oversight of the public safety answering point by Jan. 1 at its next meeting.
According to County Commissioner Eldred Knutson, Jan. 1 was his personal goal, but the county commissioners will keep its deadline of July 16 for taking over 9-1-1 operations from the City of Valley City.
Valley Cityâs annual home decorating and business decorating contests for the holiday seasons sponsored by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce have kicked off, said Kay Vinje, office administrator for the Chamber and Valley City-Barnes County Development Corp.
Vinje said Tuesday the Chamber is now asking for nominations for entries in the two contests.
âAnybody can call in and nominate their own home or business or somebody elseâs.â
St. Catherineâs Christmas Concert is a traditional way that people in Valley City start the holiday season, according to Christopher Redfearn, Director of Choral Activities at Valley City State University.
The free concert will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Catherineâs Church in Valley City.
âAs soon as you hit December, everybodyâs schedule just becomes very crazy,â Redfearn said. âWe like putting this concert early in the season so that people can get into the holiday spirit.â
The Barnes County Food Pantry is appreciative of all the local efforts from businesses, churches, schools, churches and individuals who have helped so far this season, but is still in need of food and monetary donations.
Jo Ann Korf, site manager for the Senior Citizen Center which operates the food pantry, said Monday dollar donations and more food are still needed.
Korf said the demand for services has increased in recent months, âand our fund is down.â
Barnes County Commissioners appointed Beth Didier as county auditor during a special meeting on Monday.
Didier, who lives near Eckelson, is currently employed at the Valley City USDA office as a rural development loan specialist. Didier has a business degree from Valley City State University and worked at the Barnes County Auditorâs office as deputy auditor for nine years. In 2002, Didier ran for the office of auditor but was unsuccessful. This will be a homecoming for Didier, she said.