Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
BISMARCK, N.D. â€” Few cities were slammed as hard as Minot, N.D., by the spring and summer flooding that ravaged the Great Plains.
The devastation from the swollen Souris River forced thousands to flee their homes and drew the national spotlight when The Black Eyed Peas performed a benefit concert there.
The flooding, which ultimately damaged more than 4,000 properties in Minot, Bismarck and beyond, was rated North Dakota's biggest story of 2011, based on a survey of print and broadcast members of The Associated Press.
After setting out to raise $22,000 with this year's red kettle donation campaign, the Barnes County Salvation Army Unit is proud to report that county residents have helped them shatter their goal.
"This year, we raised $44,736. It's just unbelievable," said Barnes County Salvation Army Chairman Lee Isensee.
An area south of Valley City, including Woodland Park and several surrounding businesses, was recently annexed into city limits.
A court decision handed down last week will allow the City of Valley City to annex property north of 35th Street SE between the Kathryn Road and the Sheyenne River and south of I-94 into city limits.
Barnes county commission
Tuesday December 6, 2011
Valley City, North Dakota
The Barnes County Commission met in regular session Tuesday, December 6, 2011, with all members present.
States Attorney Lee Grossman called for nominations for chairperson. Commissioner Knutson seconded by Froelich, made a motion to nominate Schwehr.
Commissioner Berntson made a motion, seconded by Froelich, to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Schwehr as chairperson. Upon a roll call vote with all voting â€śyes,â€ť motion carried.
United Blood Services will be at Stoudt Ross Ford in Valley City for a blood drive today and tomorrow (Dec. 22, 23).
The two-day push will run from 11:30 a.m to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday.
UBS worker Rachel Jipson said early Thursday afternoon that the turnout had been good so far.
"We are always looking for people to give," she said. "We've got lots of open spots."
The rate of calls to the North Dakota Tobacco Quitline from residents in Barnes County more than tripled from 2009 to 2010, said the county's Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, Vicki Voldal-Rosenau.
As a whole, smoking rates in North Dakota have decreased in the last couple years.
"This is just the beginning, if we don't let up" Voldal-Rosenau said. "Can we ever let up? Sure, but there's still a lot of people starting to smoke and it's a killer."
Five Valley City High School teams were recognized as Team Scholar recipients from the North Dakota High School Athletic Association.
To qualify for the award, teams must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.Â
Teams that qualified were:
team GPA of 3.40
Boysâ€™ Cross Country
team GPA of 3.39
Girlsâ€™ Cross Country
team GPA of 3.77
team GPA of 3.40
team GPA of 3.50
David Schelkoph has accepted the position as Valley City's new City Administrator.
After screening over 30 applicants, Valley City Mayor Bob Werkhoven announced Tuesday morning that Schelkoph will start as early as the third week in January.
Schelkoph, currently of Williston, N.D., is a graduate of Valley City High School and works at Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing of Dickinson. He brings 8 years of military service with the Air Force and Air National Guard and a Bachelor's degree in engineering from NDSU to the administrator's chair.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) â€” Williston's City Commission is mulling whether to buy a stake in a newly built apartment complex to provide housing for city employees.
The commission is expected to take up the proposal Dec. 27. Commissioners asked for a delay last week to consult other property developers.
Mayor Ward Koeser said the city could spend $300,000 to $350,000 to buy control of 12 to 15 apartments. They're part of a 36-apartment project being built by Valley City developer George Gaukler.
Williston city administrators say the idea would help them recruit new employees.
The "No Parking 10 p.m. to 6 a.m." signs that were installed in the University District this fall are already slated to get a makeover, according to Valley City City Commissioner George Dutton.
After a meeting with university officials several weeks ago, Dutton and the city decided to push the no parking restriction back two hours, making it from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. in the signed areas: Viking Drive, College Street, and 4th and 2nd Avenues SW.