August 8th, 2013
The way in which people communicate with one another is continually changing with the advancements in technology, making it hard to keep up with it all. Facebook, Twitter, Skype, podcasts and blogging have revolutionized the way people keep in touch. Those who do not know how to use the technology often feel left out, Jennifer Pickard, director of local nonprofit group Elevate Within, said.
In an effort to teach people how to use the technology, Elevate Within is hosting a free technology support workshop this Saturday at the Valley City Eagles Club from 2-4 p.m.
The 66,000 pink and blue flags that filled several acres of Interstate 94, including on the lawn of Grace Free Lutheran Church, in Valley City last week represent the number of elective abortions in North Dakota since the procedure became legal in 1973.
Clarice Cink, formerly of Valley City, will celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends at an afternoon tea held in her honor on Aug. 17 in Yreka, Calif.
Clarice Lorene (Miller) Cink was born on Aug. 17, 1913, in Hobert Township, near Valley City, on the farm homesteaded by her grandparents, John and Anna Miller.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.
The Barnes County Historical Society Museum will host When the Landscape is Quiet Again: The Legacy of Art Link, presented by â€śWhat in the World is Going On?,â€ť a Valley City-based campus/community organization that addresses local, national, and international issues of importance.
Directed by Clay Jenkinson and David Swenson, this film focuses on issues facing North Dakota today.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.
Tim Gillespie, the Multi-Agency Truck Regulatory Deputy for Barnes, Stutsman, LaMoure and Dickey Counties, doesn't need probable cause to pull over a truck he believes to be overweight. All he needs is a reasonable suspicion that a truck may be overweight or bearing faulty equipment to pull the driver over.
Trucks need to be kept at higher standards than passenger vehicles, said Gillespie. "A truck has to be up to snuff," he said, "because a loaded truck can be a 180,000 pound weapon."
The City-County Health Department may still move into the building currently occupied by First Community Credit Union, but the department may have to pay a mortgage itself.
During a regular meeting of the Barnes County Commissioners on Tuesday, commissioners urged City-County Health Department's Executive Director Theresa Will and health department board member to organize an emergency board meeting to discuss purchasing the building themselves.
Read more in Wednesday's Times-Record.
Abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly and other vulnerable adults is probably underreported, according to Michelle Gayette, elder rights program administrator for the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services. A new law that requires health care professionals report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation should increase reporting and help many adults who can't help themselves.
Previously, reporting of harm to vulnerable adults was voluntary, and some people were uncomfortable with reporting. The new law "takes the guesswork out of it," said Gayette.
Improved soil health, competitive yields during dry seasons and increased farm income are some of the benefits of energy beets that farmers will learn about during plot tours being held across North Dakota in August and September.
Energy beets are sugar beets bred for the biofuel market and for industrial purposes, used to create ethanol and high-value chemicals. Representatives from the energy beet project will discuss the project research so far, the positive impact to soil health, the cropâ€™s tolerance to dry and saline soils, and the progress on commercializing this new industrial crop.
Valley City is trying to get as many people as possible to donate blood for an Aug. 12 drive in the main room of the Valley City Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
The drive is set for 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The upcoming drive is being sponsored by the AmVet Ladies Auxiliary. People wanting to make an appointment should contact Rose at 845-1064.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Valley City State University will offer themed housing for the first time this fall. After surveying students, housing director Stephanie Roelfsema said students showed most interest in having education and health and wellness themed housing.
Roelfsema said, "(Themed housing) is kind of a spin off of living/learning communities," but this is a little more informal that will involve programming each month relating to the different themes.
More in Friday's issue of the Times-Record.