May 23rd, 2013
Valley City police are seeking information from the public regarding a dumpster fire in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 18. The fire, which police are investigating as a possible arson, was in a dumpster near the Lokken Field parking lot.
Anyone with information regarding the fire should contact the Valley City Police Department at (701) 845-3110.
This weekend marks the seasonal opening of the Midland Continental Depot museum in Wimbledon, which opened last year to showcase the Midland Continental Railroad that was supposed to run from Winnepeg, Canada to Texas but never ended up crossing North Dakota borders.
The museum will open for the first time this summer over the Memorial Day weekend and will remain open daily until Labor Day from 1 to 4 p.m. and at other times by appointment.
Valley City State University will offer a new undergraduate major in software engineering beginning fall semester 2013.
â€śSoftware engineering will be a challenging and rewarding major for students,â€ť said Susan Pfeifer, VCSU assistant professor in business and information technology.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.
Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions are available to help seniors age 60-plus with free, non-medical in-home services in Valley City.
All senior companions are at least 55 years of age, pre-screened, trained and have a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of other seniors in their community.
On Feb. 27, Dolly Hoelmer, outreach worker for Valley City's adult services operation, said â€śIt is a great program. Our volunteers are able to help people with vision problems, or if they just need a friend or are lonely.â€ť
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record
During a regular meeting of the Valley City Commission Monday, commissioner Mary Lee Nielson said she believed Barnes County officials did not have a good reason for spending taxpayer's money to move the 9-1-1 dispatch center from the Valley City Law Enforcement Center to the basement of the Barnes County Courthouse. Read about this and other business conducted by the commission in Wednesday's Times-Record.
A storm chaser who witnessed the violent, deadly tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb Monday was born in Valley City, and his mother taught at Valley City State University for a short time.
Ben McMillan was born July 27, 1981 in Valley City to mother Dale Bryner and father James McMillan. Bryner was a ceramics instructor at VCSU from 1981 to 1982, McMillan said during a phone interview Tuesday.
McMillan said he and other storm chasers who work with a website called Stormscapelive.tv, intercepted the massive tornado in Moore, Okla. Monday.
Read more in Wednesday's Times-Record.
A man arrested in Valley City Friday by Valley City Police will return to Minnesota to face assault charges after waiving extradition.
Zakariya Abdikarim, 26, waived extradition to Minnesota before Southeast Judicial District Court Judge James Hovey Monday. Abdikarim was charged with first and second degree assault in Minnesota for allegedly stabbing a man in Moorhead on May 5.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Valley City is under a flood watch in low-lying areas as a result of light to moderate rain continuing across most of the region Monday.
With another one to two inches through Tuesday on top of some places that have already saturated ground, some local area flooding is possible. The rain will begin to taper off Tuesday night.
According to the National Weather Service, an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible through today on top of already saturated ground. Some overland area flooding is possible in low lying areas.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who gave their lives in the service of their country. Memorial Day services are planned for communities in and around Barnes County Monday. To learn more about services, read Tuesday's Times-Record.
A young group of local musicians will perform for their hometown crowd as they open at the street dance during this year's Rally in the Valley community days. The band, called Three Card Molly, hopes to draw a large crowd and continue playing gigs throughout the summer.
The Valley City-based band will first play an all-ages "summer kick-off" show at Moon Lake southwest of Valley City on Friday, May 24 from 8 to 11 p.m., and then they'll perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Broken Spoke parking lot as the opening act to Twin Cities-based band 8 Foot 4 for the street dance.