The Barnes County Health Departmentâ€™s Healthy Communities Coalition recently received $65,000 from the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) to develop a volunteer citizen DUI reporting program.
â€śYouâ€™ve heard of Neighborhood Watch? Well, this would be like Neighbor Road watch,â€ť said Kasey Skalicky, Barnes County Health Department Traffic Safety Coordinator.
She hopes the program will stop a lot of crashes and deaths.
According to NDDOT, alcohol slows down reactions, impairs vision, interferes with concentration, dulls judgment and creates a false sense of confidence.
Almost two weeks have passed since the Shopko Hometown storeâ€™s grand opening in Valley City, and general manager Scott Schmitz said the customers are really liking the changes.
â€śWeâ€™ve had a lot of compliments,â€ť he said.
Schmitz said the apparel side of the business has gone over very well. Customers are liking the better variety and better quality of the shoe and apparel selection.
Schmitz said his employees are loving the changes, too.
â€śThey have adapted well,â€ť he said.
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A pumpkin carving contest was held for students at Valley City State University to celebrate Halloween. This pumpkin, carved by Eric Schauer, was the second place winner. The first place award went to Troy Neimer, third place went to Lyndsey Swanson.
Valley City State University students are working with the Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals of Valley City to help provide homes for adoptable animals.
Jamie Wirth, coordinator of the Learning to Live program at VCSU, said Tuesday the service learning project is one of 16 projects taking place this year during freshmen studentsâ€™ first 14 weeks on campus.
VCSU requires all new students to participate in Learning to Live projects that include volunteering in the community.
FARGO â€” As the clock neared 7 p.m. Monday, there was a lingering excitement at the Fargo Civic Center.
An hour before a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp was set to start, a line snaked its way around the building. Inside, supporters held signs, cheering at the sight of Heitkamp mingling amongst the crowd.
It was excitement that reached its peak just after 8 p.m., when former president Bill Clinton took the stage, drawing the crowd into a frenzy as he gave a 40-minute long speech offering his endorsement of Heitkamp.
Six North Dakota pharmacies or clinics have received products from the New England Compounding Company, which has produced medications associated with a meningitis outbreak in the United States.
Kirby Kruger, director of the division of disease control for the North Dakota Department of Health, said the department has notified these facilities to inform them of new updated Food and Drug Administration recommendations.
Although all products from NECC have been recalled, not all of the NECC products sent to North Dakota facilities are subject to the new FDA guidance.
North Dakota is one of only two states in the entire nation that is rated a zone one for radon risk, according to Marcie Bata, director of environmental health at Central Valley Health District. In conjunction with Home Indoor Air Quality Month, state and local health officials are urging North Dakota residents to test their homes for radon and to fix any radon problems that are discovered.
â€śEach year, (radon) is estimated to cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States,â€ť Bata said, adding that in can happen 5 to 25 years after exposure.
Area students recently competed in A BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology), robotics competition at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. The Valley City robotics team, whose members call themselves the Hi-Linerds, took home prizes that included first place for â€śMost Robust Robot,â€ť first place for â€śMentor of the Year,â€ť second place for their robot, third place for their engineering notebook, and third place overall. The clubâ€™s second place distinction earned it a spot in the Regional BEST competition in Fargo in December.
Area children got to wear their costumes early this year during the eighth annual Ruckus at the Rec that was held Friday evening at the Recreation Center gym in Valley City.
The event featured an evening of carnival games for all children ages pre-school through sixth grade. Parents and grandparents also joined their parents dressed in costume. Community and surrounding area businesses and organizations as well as interested individuals also assisted with the activities.
Members of the Valley City High School football team danced to the hit song â€śGangnam Styleâ€ť at a pep rally Friday. The pep rally was held for the football team, which beat Bishop Ryan 24-14 in Minot Saturday in the state tournament. The rally also celebrated the cross country team, which competed in the state meet Saturday.