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Dakota Plains Donating to More Local Companies

December 12, 2012

Dakota Plains Cooperative, headquartered in Valley City, has donated to more local charities and has even more to distribute to during this year’s holiday season.

Every year, the cooperative donates money to organizations in the counties it serves, and then Land o’ Lakes matches the grants 100 percent.

“We do it during the Christmas season. It’s our opportunity to give back to the communities we serve,” general manager Ken Astrup said, adding “we try to do it this time of the year because the need is a little bit greater now.”

Hazardous Fire on I-94

December 12, 2012

The Barnes County Sheriff’s Department, Valley City Fire Department and the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a truck fire that contained hazardous, radioactive material Monday at about 3 p.m. on exit 298 on Interstate 94.

Barnes County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Fiebiger, who was at the scene, said flames were coming out of the brakes, which had overheated, and the truck driver had put the fire out himself. The fire department responded just to cool off the brake drums.

Pedersen Honored By V-500 Board

December 12, 2012

The V-500 Board of Directors held its annual Recognition Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 8 on the Valley City State University campus
V-500 is a scholarship program founded in 1972 by a group of people who realized the importance of scholarship support for Valley City State University students.

A highlight of the dinner was Dean Pedersen receiving the first volunteer of the year award given out by the V-500 board.

Pedersen said he was honored because “I got the most referrals” for people interested in helping the scholarship program.

Domestic Abuse, Surprising Stats

December 12, 2012

In Barnes County last year 720 people were victims of abuse. A total of 783 people in Barnes and surrounding counties. Of those, 638 adults and 38 children were victims of domestic violence. Another 31 adults were victims of sexual assault and 82 adults were victims of other types of abuse including terrorizing, assault, stalking, menacing and harassment According to the Abused Persons Outreach Center, Inc.

And those are just the cases that are reported. According to Michelle Grebel of the APOC domestic abuse is a silent crime because it’s so under-reported.

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