October 17th, 2012
Barnes County commissioners approved in a 3-2 vote to move 911 operations to the county. The decision came after much discussion both during the regular county commission meeting Tuesday and in meetings prior involving the city and county over who would control 911.
A mid-2013 deadline to upgrade existing 911 systems to digital, ânext generationâ 911 was set by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Valley City and Barnes County are interested in a joint powers agreement that has been formed between Richland and Stutsman County for sharing the cost of the new equipment.
A scam has begun circulating in Valley City, trying to convince residents they have won $50 in gift cards, said Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson Monday.
Thompson said Valley City police learned of the scam about one week ago. It consists of written documents claiming the user can obtain vouchers for $50 in Walmart gift cards in return for receiving up to three issues of magazines. Readers are instructed to call an 800 number to receive the gift card voucher.
Special to the Times-Record
The District 24 Democrats held their annual Fall Roundup Friday evening at the VFW Club in Valley City.
The Democratic-NPL evening featured a meal, live auction and silent auction. Special recognition was paid to retiring District 24 Representatives Phil Mueller and Ralph Metcalf.
Larry Robinson, State Senator, said, âRalph Metcalf and Phil Muller served with distinction in the North Dakota House of Representatives.
A weekend tractor fire in Barnes County killed an 87-year-old rural Litchville man, said Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin Monday afternoon.
McClaflin said that Wesley Ten Pas was burning a slough Saturday when the flames grew out of control and burned the tractor he was driving. âHis tractor caught on fire, he tried to put it out, and the fire overtook him,â McClaflin said.
Ten Pas was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he died from his burns, McClaflin said.
Students in grades 4-6 and their parents are encouraged to spend Saturday afternoon discovering the river that runs through Valley City.
Participants will learn about where the water of the Sheyenne River comes from, where it goes and the creatures that call it home.
ENDERLIN â During the final few drives of Fridays' 20-14 win over Oakes, Maple Valley/Enderlin football coach Brett Kapaun was okay with giving the visiting Tornadoes a few extra points, so long as the Falcons left with the win.
He told his team to simply "bend, don't break."
Though the Falcons were bent about as far as they could go, defending the end zone from their own two-yard line with 37 seconds left, they didn't break, forcing and recovering a fumble in the redzone to keep the Tornadoes from scoring what would have likely been the game-winning points.
The Valley City State football team picked up its fifth win of the season Saturday, beating NCAA Division III opponent Gustavus Adolphus College 16-0 in St. Peter, Minn.
The Vikings got the win behind solid defense, as well as key kicks from Thomas Cortez, whose leg accounted for 10 of the Vikings' 16 points.
VCSU scored on the opening drive of the game, getting behind a solid run game from Taylor Cino and Derek Elliot.
The drive ate up nearly five minutes of the clock, ending on a 31-yard field goal by Cortez.
A photo caption in the Oct. 10 edition had the wrong names listed for two people in the photo in the 1971-1973 Mens Golf team. In the article regarding the VCSU Hall of Fame Inductees, golfer Jim Vandrovec is pictured on the far left of the team photo. His twin brother, Joe, is third from the left in the photo.
VCSU Basketball Hosting Alumni Games
With the regular season only weeks away, the Valley City State University basketball teams will be hosting alumni games.
A federal push is underway this week to encourage people to visit national wildlife refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week. From Oct. 14 - 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants citizens to celebrate Americaâs wildlife heritage, and see what wildlife refuges are doing to conserve it.
âNational wildlife refuges play a crucial role in conserving Americaâs wildlife legacy,â says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe in a news release. âRefuges also play important roles in human communities.
Barnes County has been awarded a Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant designed to help various communities and residents to recover from the 2011 flood disaster in North Dakota, said Kimberly Franklin, director of Barnes County Emergency Management.
Barnes County has been allocated $93,000 to assist homeowners to rehabilitate their flood damaged homes.
Barnes County Commissioner Cindy Schwehr said Franklin had notified her the county received the grant.