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Sheriff Notifies Public of High Risk Sex Offender

December 31, 2012

The Barnes County Sheriff's Office is notifying the public of a high risk sex offender that is currently housed in the Barnes County Jail and a resident of Valley City.
According to sheriff Randy McClaflin, the state has assessed Michael A. Nelson, 23, of Valley City as a high risk sex offender. Nelson was convicted in Dec. 2009 for corruption or solicitation of minors.
A nine-member committee recently reviewed his file and changed his assessment to high risk.
Nelson is currently on work release and is employed by Quality Refinishing, 1100 Seventh Street, Southeast in Valley City.

Hospice Sponsoring Lunch and Learns

December 31, 2012

Hospice of the Red River Valley invites health care professionals to its January Lunch and Learn offerings as it continues to explore various topics related to end-of-life care.

Sessions at Hospice offices in Valley City, Lisbon, N.D., and Detroit Lakes, Minn., will be through video conferencing with the Fargo office where the live presentation will take place.

Bonnie Oelschlager, a spokeswoman for the hospice, said Friday there will be no charge to participate in the sessions, “and they will be able to attend via video-conferencing technology.”

City Addressess 9-1-1, Special Assessments

December 31, 2012

Valley City Commissioners discussed its options in an ongoing 9-1-1 struggle with Barnes County as well as special assessments during a special meeting on Friday.

The 9-1-1 issue, or who will eventually control the system, has been a point of contention for months.

Currently, the city and county share the costs of running the 9-1-1 system. 9-1-1 operations are contracted out to the city by Barnes County and is operated from the Valley City Police Department.

VCSU Students to Take Classes in Rhoades Expansion

December 31, 2012

Students at Valley City State University will begin their first week of classes in January in the new addition of the Rhoades Science Center, President Steve Shirley said Friday.

“It’s essentially a two-part project, the renovation of the existing facility and the expansion,” he said. The 28,000-square-foot expansion is almost complete, and they’re just getting down to final crunch time.

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