November 7th, 2012
âMy freezer went out. What food can I save?â my caller asked.
She wasnât sure how long her appliance had been out of commission.
The food was warm to the touch, so most of the food could not be salvaged. Her tightly wrapped frozen bread was safe, especially because no meat juice had dripped on the packages. Her fully thawed meat, poultry and fish were not safe after thawing and sitting for an undetermined amount of time. High-protein foods are especially perishable.
Unfortunately, I have had this sort of phone call many times in my career.
Barnes County Commissioners addressed city concerns regarding changes to the countyâs 911 system at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Due to a small clerical error, the Valley City city commission rejected all bids for the Main Street riverbank restoration project, and the project will be put up for rebidding.
The error was in the bid notification publication done by the South Central Dakota Regional Council. The project was originally put up for bid Aug. 31, and the new bid will be awarded later this month.
Chad Petersen of city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson said the city needs to consider that the new bids may have additional costs associated with the colder weather.
There are some coaches that load up on easy games to start the season.
But Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky isn't one of those coaches.
His team opened the season last weekend, going 1-1 against a pair of top 10-ranked teams in the NAIA and this weekend the Vikings will play at NCAA Division 1 North Dakota State University.
"A lot of good teams will try to play seven, eight, nine, ten games to rack up some wins early," Kaminsky said. "I like to challenge ourselves, and we have that. This first month of scheduling, we have one tough challenge after another.
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Top: Second-graders at Jefferson Elementary School held a Veteranâs Day musical program called âAmericans We, a Celebration of the People, by the People, for the Peopleâ under the direction of music teacher Karen Askerooth.
Bottom Left: Students from Mrs. Beckerâs class sang the song âDeclarationâ during the Veteranâs Day program. Here Preet Patel, from left to right, Kierra Vaughn, Robert Fischer, Emmalee Jones, Faith King, and Wade Hatcher each hold a âDeclaration of Independenceâ during the song.
Bottom Right: Carly Goven
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The Valley City Fire Department recently held a coloring contest for the elementary schools in Valley City for Fire Prevention Week. The winners got to ride in a fire truck and each got a prize.
ABOVE: The first grade winners from Jefferson Elementary School were, left to right: Abigail Redfearn, Carver Pederson, Caden Amann, Zachary Sykora, Sydney Larsen, Drew Potratz, Matthew Lahlum, Gianni Steele, Michael Schmidt and Tesa Olson.
BELOW: The first grade winners from St. Kateâs School, left to right: Connor Klabor and Livia Dietrich.
Chocolate Day, the Valley City Barnes County Libraryâs annual fundraiser for childrenâs materials, returns to the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, said acting library director Liz Hoskisson Monday.
Childrenâs Librarian Mary Ann Anderson said the event began at the library âat least 20 years ago â a long time ago.â
The end of daylight savings time Sunday was a surefire sign that winter is quickly approaching. Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath said Valley City residents should take this time to check their smoke detectors and heating equipment to avoid house fires.
The Valley City Fire Department responded to quite a few grass fires during the past dry summer and fall, and now theyâre expecting to respond to more fires related to heating, cooking and in vehicles.
The Thundering Saints have donated $1,000 to the Barnes County Relay for Life, generated from proceeds of the fourth annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Ride held in Valley City on July 28.
Rocky Gabel, the founder and organizer of the ride, Friday presented the check to Tami Kratz, co-captain of the Lafarge Relay for Life Team Friday. Also on hand for the donation was Mary Dahl, community representative for the American Cancer Society, which organizes relays.
Kratz said her team âdoes a fundraising breakfast the morning of the bike run, and in return for it, we get this wonderful donation.â
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