August 2nd, 2012
An invasive plant species is keeping area ranchers and the Barnes County Weed Control Board on its toes.
Weed Control Director Jim McAllister said Spotted Knapweed has been in the area for about eight years, but now it is threatening a widespread infestation.
â€śWe consider thereâ€™s probably 225 acres infested, and the bad part about it is it makes pasture virtually worthless,â€ť he said. â€śThe Knapweed is an annual or a short-lived biennial, but it still has the ability to choke out anything thatâ€™s growing.â€ť
Eight faculty members and one translator from Hangzhou, China visited Valley City Wednesday where they toured Valley City State University and the downtown area.
Each summer, a group of faculty from Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) College visit the Fargo area, and VCSU partners with North Dakota State University to host a portion of their visit.
The professors arrived at about 9 a.m. and started their tour at the university.
Governor Jack Dalrymple signed an executive order on Monday that suspends the limit of sulfates in the Sheyenne River as the new outlets on East Devils Lake pump high-sulfate water into the river which is the primary source of drinking water for Valley City.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple suspended the maximum limit on sulfates in the Sheyenne River.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed an executive order on Monday that waives compliance with water quality standards that were adjusted last year to handle water drained from Devils Lake into the Sheyenne River. Drinking water with high sulfates has adverse effects on humans and Valley City's drinking water is taken from the river.
More on this story as it develops. The executive order is printed below.
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â€śThank you so much,â€ť Valley City Schools Superintendent Dean Koppelman said, hugging outgoing school board president Sharon Buhr.
Buhr was recognized for 21 years of service to the Valley City School Board on Monday night at the boardâ€™s annual meeting. Monday was Buhrâ€™s last meeting as an official board member after losing her re-elction bid to Richard Ross, an assistant professor and degree coordinator at Valley City State University.
Alliance Pipeline LLC, which runs its North Dakota office in Valley City, will be adopting their sixth wish to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
The company has already granted wishes to five North Dakota children living with life-threatening medical conditions since 2006.
Leighton Smith, North Dakota area manager for Alliance Pipeline, presented Make-A-Wish North Dakota representatives with its sixth $5,000 gift for the Adopt-A-Wish program Tuesday. Alliance Pipeline donated the money that will be used to underwrite one more childâ€™s wish.
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Entertainment for the upcoming Music at the Courthouse will be provided by â€śADAPTâ€ť from Valley City.
They will be here on Wednesday, August 1st at 7:15 pm. ADAPT is a menâ€™s quartet who have been together for several years. They perform a variety of musical tunes with great harmony.
Members of this group include Don Bauer, Monte McDaniel, Lance Drevecky and Tony Kobbervig. They are accompanied by Marian Drevecky.
Music at the courthouse is sponsored by the Valley City Parks & Recreation District, Bridges Arts Council & KOVC -Dakota Country.
Valley City Public School students in grades Kindergarten through 12 will return to schools that have been upgraded inside and out as classes resume Aug. 27 for the 2012-2013 school year.
Two very visible advancements include new press boxes and a scoreboard for Hanna Field, home of the Valley City High School Hi-Liner football team.
Work is underway for the reconstruction project on Ninth Avenue Northwest.
Chad Petersen, project manager, of city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee, and Jackson, said the project is being reconstructed in two phases.
Phase I work will be completed this year. This includes the section of Ninth Avenue Northwest from Main Street to approximately Fourth Street Northwest.
The remainder of the corridor will be completed in 2013.