March 18th, 2013
UPDATE: Just heard from our driver. He did make it to Fargo, and is loading today's papers as this is typed. There will be a paper today, albeit later than usual.
Barring any complications we are hoping to have the papers out by 2:30 p.m.
Thank you to all of you for your patience and consideration, both are greatly appreciated!
Stay warm and safe.
As of Friday, the national weather service predicted that snow would continue to spread across the region through much of the day, with possibly a brief break between the first round of snow and another one coming in from the northwest by afternoon.
Snow temporarily exited the area Friday night, then returned Sunday and Monday.
Another storm system took aim at the region Sunday afternoon through Monday. It was a significant storm with snow and blowing snow causing potential travel problems late Sunday night and Monday.
See more in Monday's Times-Record.
A bill was recently approved by the North Dakota House of Representatives that would allow armed personnel in schools.
The legislation would allow school officials to decide whether they want guns in their schools, and the decision could be made in closed session.
Valley City Public School Superintendent Dean Koppelman supports the right of school districts to decide if they want armed staff in the hallways, but personally he would not support having armed staff in his school.
For more on guns in schools, read Monday's Times-Record.
There will be NO SCHOOL in Valley City today, Monday, March 18th. We will make up this day on Friday, May 29th.
ND ROAD REPORT: A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for Williston, Minot, Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo, Wahpeton and surrounding areas due to high winds causing blowing snow, areas of near zero visibility, compacted snow and continuous ice on roadways. Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation has extended a Travel Alert to include Fargo, Casselton, Wahpeton and surrounding areas due to blowing snow sticking to the roadways causing areas of scattered slush, compacted snow, and continuous ice. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised that wet roads may turn to ice as temperatures drop overnight and challenging winter driving conditions may exist. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.
The Monsanto Fund's America's Farms Grow Communities program has chosen the winner of this year's winner, whose choices for donations will each receive $2,500.
John Dimmer of Oriska chose the the Fingal Area Community Action Team and Fingal Area Boosters.
More in Tuesday's issue of the Times-Record
The 76th North Dakota Winter Show wrapped up Sunday with higher overall numbers than in previous years.
Popular attractions included shows by the Black Hills Raptor Center and a magician who performed at the free stage. Food and vendors surrounded the main arena which was the venue for horse and tractor pulls as well as concerts and the rodeo.
A PRCA rodeo wrapped up a week of events on Sunday.
For more on the 76th annual NDWS, read Tuesday's Times-Record.
Students at Jefferson Elementary School got to eat breakfast with their parents last week during the school's highlight of the National School Breakfast Program.
Valley City Public Schools food services director Sue Milender said, "Kids who eat breakfast have general increase in math grades, reading scores, increased attention levels as well as improved behaviors."
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
The 2013 North Dakota State Open Horse Pull took place Thursday at the North Dakota Winter Show.
Ten teams of draft horses competed in two categories â€“ the Percentage Pull and the Heavyweight Pull.
Teams from North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin competed.
For more, see Friday's edition of the Times-Record.
The Comet PANSTARRS will be making an appearance in the skies over North Dakota next week and a viewing party will be held at the Rosebud Visitors Center parking lot for anyone who wants to witness it.
"Comets are unpredictable," said Dr. Joe Stickler of Valley City State University, so he doesn't know what kind of show the comet will give its audience. "But it will be fun to watch," he added.
To learn how to witness next week's comet, read Friday's Times-Record.