George Gaukler and his partners in Straus Mall Property LLC are well on their way to turning the long-time downtown Valley City landmark back into a centerpiece of the business community.
Gaukler bought the mall in October of 2011 after it lost its last tenant.
By November of 2011 Gaukler had lined up the first new tenant, Professional Eye Care, and had begun expensive renovations.
Gaukler said Thursday âthe spaces are rented to a lawyer and an architect, and the mall is starting to fill up.â
The Barnes County Corrections Center in Valley City is in the beginning stages of procuring the means for rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing of inmates brought to the facility.
âItâs a decision made by the state, not by us,â said Valley City-Barnes County Health District Director Theresa Will on Wednesday.
Will said that the jail currently takes swabs to test for HIV but does not get results for about five or six days, and that those tests are being phased out. So far jail staff has not been trained in using the rapid tests.
JAMESTOWNâWomen who attend a leadership development conference in September will have a rare opportunity to taste food from the Washington, D.C.-based Founding Farmers restaurant.
The first annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference kicks off in Jamestown on Sept. 21-22. The conference is one of a variety of educational programs hosted by the Farmers Union for its members.
Carla Edinger, member operations coordinator for North Dakota Farmers Union, said in recent years the Farmers Union has really developed its women development programs.
Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Kent Conrad, said Wednesday she believes her race against Republican candidate U.S. Rep. Rick Berg is a tie.
Heitkamp met with the Valley City Times-Record editorial board Wednesday morning.
âI pretty much tell people this is a tied race at this point â Our (D-NPL) internal polls show us slightly ahead, but itâs within the margin of error,â Heitkamp said.
As bad weather rolled into Carrington Friday night, the Valley City High School football team found itself in the rarest of circumstances â a cancelled football game.
With 3:53 left in the first half, VCHS coach Scott Roehrich said the game was cancelled amidst a heavy downpour and plenty of lightening in the area.
"There's nothing you can do about it," he said. "They did the right thing that night for the safety of the kids and the spectators."
Every summer, Valley City High School cross country coach Brian Englehard encourages the runners on his team to keep in shape over the summer using both the weight room and, of course, running.
This summer was no different, except for one little thing â the milage he recommended got bumped up a little further than the norm.
It's a change that the runners see as a good thing.
"You can see an improvement, a big improvement," said Ruth Ihry, a senior on the girls team.
"In lots of people," sophomore April Berntson adds.
In nearly every sport, there's a benefit to hosting a event.
Cross country running is no exception.
"You train on it, you get to learn it," said Valley City State University cross country coach Ken Frenette. "You're comfortable with the footing, you're comfortable with the turns.
"A lot of times, even in road races, if you don't know the course you're thinking about where you're going or you're following people, so if you know it, it just eases your mind a little bit."
Even if the season's still young, the girls on the Valley City High School volleyball team have already proven one thing â there isn't a bit of quit in them.
When the team opened up its non-tournament schedule with a 25-14, 25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 15-10 loss to Carrington at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, the Hi-Liners came back after losing the first two games, pushing it to a full five-game match when all was said and done.
In one of the earlier matches of Valley City High School's 9-0 loss to Grand Forks Central, the No. 1 singles team of Dustin Miller and Ricky Paulson showed its true potential.
Playing against Brenden Sailor, a returning state doubles runner-up, and Andrew Thompson, Miller and Paulson won their first set 6-4 against the duo.
"Our confidence was up, we played as a team, we believed in that first set," Valley City coach Matt Nielson said.
But from there, it was all downhill as the Hi-Liners dropped the next two sets 6-1, 6-1.
Duggy, âThe Smile in The Skyâ is coming to the Barnes County Municipal Airport Thursday, Sept. 6, and kids of all ages are invited.
The World War II-era DC-3 aircraft will be in Valley City as part of the happenings leading up to the Sept. 8 to 9 Wings and Wheels Air Show at the airport, said Toby McPherson, co-chair of the event with Lori Jury.
McPherson said Tuesday, âItâs a kids dream your dream program â itâs a smile in the sky.â
McPherson said the plane was built in 1943 as a World War II military transport aircraft.