March 5th, 2012
While its late arrival may be arguably fashionable, winter has made a grand entrance in southeast North Dakota.
Mother Nature dropped a reported 5.5 inches of snow on the Valley City area over the weekend according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
â€śFive-point-five is what are unofficial co-op observer reported, but heâ€™s a good measurer and he lives pretty close to town,â€ť NWS meteorologist Bill Barrett said Monday morning. â€śThat was called in around noon time, 12:05.â€ť
A Gallup Poll study has again ranked North Dakota the nationâ€™s best state for creating jobs. North Dakota also ranked at the top of Gallup poll rankings in 2009 and 2010.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a Travel Alert for southwest and central North Dakota due to blowing snow sticking to the roadway causing scattered icy conditions. Motorists are encouraged to monitor local weather forecasts, reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.
The Valley City Fire Department rescue squad, Barnes County Sheriff's office, Barnes County Ambulance and the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a multiple vehicle pile-up in the median of I-94 between exit 296 and 298 a little after 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Wind gusts, blowing snow and slush in the roadway made driving conditions extremely hazardous. Some injuries were reported in the wreck, which initially was just two vehicles in the median, but eventually grew to include 5 cars, a semi and a truck which had rolled to rest on its top.
The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 14 Presents: â€śJoseph DeMasi: REAL Italian Cookingâ€ť 7PM Thursday March 8 at the Barnes County Museum.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation, AAA North Dakota and the North Dakota Safety Council are once again sponsoring the North Dakota Teen Drivers Traffic Safety Contest, entering its third year. The contest gives North Dakota teens the opportunity to promote traffic safety in their school and community. As an added bonus, first prize contestants are eligible to win up to $750.
A fresh blanket of snow on the ground has set the stage for Valley City State Universityâ€™s newly-formed Winter Sports Club to hold their first annual Winter Fun Fest this weekend.
Those who have been itching to get out in the fluffy stuff can dust off their cross country skis, snowshoes and ice skates to take part in ski races, hikes, snow sculpting, broomball and snow soccer.
Although weather conditions havenâ€™t been ideal for the clubâ€™s first winter season, faculty advisor Philip Deger said the Fun Fest will be a good way to kick off the clubâ€™s first big event.
A fire under the engine of a car on 8th Avenue Northwest is believed to be the culprit behind the large plumes of smoke that blanketed the north end of town Thursday evening.
A residential garage was filled with flames, which were quickly knocked down by the Valley City Fire Department, but plumes of acrid smoke billowed from the structure even after the flames had dissipated.
"(The resident) was here, and the garage door was open when the neighbors started to see smoke," said Fire Chief Gary Retterath.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) â€” Gov. Mark Dayton, political leaders and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled a proposal Thursday to build a $975 million stadium for the team in downtown Minneapolis and called for quick action on the plan before the Legislature adjourns this spring.
The plan would put the new building nearly on top of the current Metrodome site. It calls for $398 million from the state, $150 million from the city and $427 million from the Vikings for upfront construction costs.
The Valley City State University Vikings will face the No. 3 ranked College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in the opening round of the NAIA Division II Womenâ€™s Basketball Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Vikings and Lady Bobcats will square off on the second day of opening round action on Thursday, March 8 at 1:45 pm.
College of the Ozarks (29-3) won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) tournament to earn an automatic bid to Sioux City. The Bobcats are making their 18th National Tournament appearance and have a 26-17 overall record in the tournament.