April 13th, 2012
The Valley City Community Gardens will have a 2012 membership meeting on Monday, April 16 at the Valley City High School cafeteria at 7 p.m.
North Dakota State University Extension Service agent Ellen Bjelland said there were seven 20-by-20 foot plots available on Thursday. The total cost to use the plots from April 15 through October 15 is $40.
"The $10 is refundable if you clean off your lot in the fall, and the $30 is not refundable, that's to cover water, plastic pathways," she said.
Valley City Auditor Avis Richter received the Innovator Award at the Municipal Government Academy awards ceremony during the North Dakota League of Citiesâ€™ ninth annual workshop held March 20-22 in Bismarck.
Thursday Richter said she received the award for specialized training she received both through the league of cities and the Municipal Finance Officers Association.
â€śIt is for training I receive throughout the year,â€ť Richter said.
Clausen Springs has one more hurdle to jump before the park can be returned to its former glory.
The Barnes County Park Board has hired Kadrmas Lee and Jackson to do the engineering for repairs to approximately 2 miles of road in the park from the entrance to the dam. The road was demolished during construction on the dam that wrapped up late last summer.
KLJ engineer Chad Peterson said the county has FEMA funding to cover most of the work, as long as it stays within the agency's assessment.
Late-evening rain showers Thursday capped off a week of chilly and windy weather in the southeast corner of the state. Weekend forecasts are calling for a mix of warm and cool temperatures, with just a small chance of precipitation.
"There's a low pressure system coming up from Nebraska and South Dakota, moving south to north," said meteorologist Jim Kaiser of the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. "It's an unsettled pattern, so the rain should end overnight tonight, Saturday should be dry, and there's another slight shower chance Sunday."
The centennial of the Titanic's sinking provides an opportunity to look back at a disaster that, at the time, made waves in Barnes County and around the world.
When the world's largest ocean liner struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1912, an ongoing fascination was sparked with both the human aspect of the tragedy, and the failures and successes of the ship's technology.
Valley City resident Irma Ness recalled a family story about her grandfather, George Chapman, perishing in the sinking shortly after he and his wife abandoned their large family.
VCHS baseball loses
The Valley City State University baseball team lost a double header Tuesday at home to West Fargo.
The Hi-Liners lost 16-0 and 19-1. The team had no hits in the first game, but had one run on three hits in the second game.
VCHS softball loses
The Hi-Liner softball team was no-hit on the road Tuesday in a 10-0 loss in five innings to West Fargo.
Valley City kept it close early, trailing only 4-0 after the third inning, but the Packers put it away with five runs in the fifth inning. The offense was hitless, drawing one walk.
With a big four-game series against Jamestown coming up this weekend, the Valley City State University baseball team used a different pitching strategy than it normally would in a double header sweep to NCAA Division II Northern (S.D.) State University.
Instead of starting one guy and keeping him in as long as possible, the team constantly rotated pitchers, splitting the 14 total innings amongst 10 different pitchers. None stayed in longer than two innings.
Open Door Center is a member of the Barnes County ACHIEVE. ACHIEVE is the acronym for Action Committee for Innovation and EnVironmental Change.
The local partnership was organized in 2010 for the purpose of reducing chronic diseases in Valley City and the surrounding area by pursuing local Policy, Systems and Environment changes that will more effectively promote good health.
The local ACHIEVE partnership brings together many local organizations representing health care, education , commerce, recreation and fitness, nutrition and special populations.
In a move to solidify the final piece of funding for the upcoming Phase One home buyouts, the Valley City City Commission approved accepting a loan of $1 million from the Public Works electrical department at a special meeting Tuesday.
â€śWe felt that it was time to make a vote on this,â€ť said City Commissioner Matt Pedersen. â€śThe buyout candidates are ready to go.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t think weâ€™ve got a choice of where we get the money,â€ť said Mayor Bob Werkhoven, â€śand the City Attorney has indicated that we are within the law as far as (the loan), so now we can feel our conscience is clear.â€ť
The Medora Foundation hopes its annual summer musical and the Medora area will be a popular destination for Valley City people this summer.
The musical, now in its 48th year, takes place in the midst of the North Dakota Badlands near the south unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in southwestern North Dakota.
Foundation board President Randy Hatzenbuhler was touring the state this past week, including a stop Monday in Valley City.