August 22nd, 2012
The Valley City City Commission approved bids for the repair of malfunctioning traffic lights and improvement to pavement markings on concrete roads Monday during their regular meeting.
The city commission approved the low bid and awarded contract to Northstar Safety, Inc. for pavement marking improvements in the amount of $119,406.20. The project is funded by state highway money, which the city receives annually.
A Canadian Pacific Railroad engineer sounded his train horn in support as five fire trucks from the Rogers and Valley City Rural Fire Departments battled a scattered fire a couple miles east of State Highway 1 in Stewart Township at about 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday. The crews would later be joined by a sixth engine from VCRFD as they fought the fourth fire reported in the county on Tuesday afternoon.
Fargo TV station KVLYâs Coats for Kids program, which supplied winter coats for children in need during the early fall months, has ended after a 25-year run and 11 years of operation in Valley City.
However, due to Mercy Hospitalâs Faith In Action and some local volunteers, Valley City kids â and now adults â will not have to go cold this winter.
Faith In Action Community Coats will offer donated coats at the old St. Paulâs Church on Fourth Street in southwest Valley City tentatively on Friday, Oct. 5, Saturday, Oct. 6, or both days.
Teachers, administrators, parents and students are racing to get ready for the first day of school. Superintendent Dean Koppelman said the school needs help from parents to get students registered for classes and bussing.
North Dakota requires 175 days of classroom instruction per academic year, and with the amount of required testing students face, Koppelman wondered at Mondayâs school board meeting if students are tested too much.
BWhen theatre student Burke Tagney walks into Valley City State Universityâs Vangstad Auditorium Friday, he wonât know what to expect. He does know that in just 24 hours, audience will be at their seats in anticipation for a series of plays created in just one day.
Tagney will be a participant in the 24-hour Theatre Extravaganza, which is hosted by VCSUâs Theatre Department and open to the entire community.
The Valley City State University volleyball team showed glimpses of what its deep front line was capable of in Saturday's season opening losses to Waldorf (Iowa) College and Jamestown College.
Given the chances, the rotating barrage of Aurissa Martens, Jill Noeske, Rachel Hummel, Alley Theroux and Kelsey Labodi had no problem trying for kills.
The problem, especially in a three game loss to Jamestown, was a back line that struggled to get balls to its setter to run the offense as planned.
Valley City Police are stepping up patrol after a rash of suspicious activity and now a Monday-night arson were reported in Valley Cityâs Chautauqua and City Parks.
âWe had some people call in and say that there were some people down there that looked kind of suspicious,â said Tyler Jacobson, Valley City Parks and Recreation director.
âWe called the police and asked if they step up their patrol. Weâve also had a couple of fires going on out at Chautauqua; a couple individuals burned up one of garbage cans completely and burned one of our dumpsters too.â
A 1.5 mile stretch of smooth, new blacktop now rises, falls, twists and turns as it winds from the opening gate of Clausen Springs around the southern half of the lake to the Clausen Springs Dam. The road was finished last week and is the final piece of the restoration of the park after it was devastated during spring flooding in 2009.
Like many, Valley City resident Bonnie Olson has plenty of trips sheâd like to take, but canât always fit in due to high gas prices.
But for now, that isnât much of a worry.
Olson had her name drawn as the winner of the grand prize of the Times-Recordâs $1,000 Free Gas Giveaway and won $250 gift cards to the Valley Service, Stop and Go, Dakota Plains and Brothers III gas stations in Valley City.
âThis is really going to be nice, because now my gas is paid for,â Olson said.
Valley City City Administrator, David Schelkoph said that contrary to rumors, the cityâs water supply is not in danger of contamination, nor is there the possibility of the sewer system backing up. The problem, Schelkoph said, is with the master lift station, and reducing pressure on the sewer system.