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March 30th

Garden plots hot in VC

March 30, 2012

The Valley City Community Gardens are warming up for their fourth season, and for those who are itching to get their hands dirty, space is filling up rapidly. As of Thursday, eight 20 by 20 foot plots were still available to rent for the season at the gardens, located west of Riverside Gardens, just off of Tenth Street Southwest.

“The soil out there is really nice right now,” said Ellen Bjelland, Garden Steering Committee chair. “It had alfalfa on it previously and people worked it a lot last year. They’re in good shape.”

March 9th

BC airport gets 2011 award

March 9, 2012

The Barnes County Municipal Airport on the southern edge of Valley City has received the “2011 General Aviation Airport of the Year” award, said Tim Thorsen, president of the Airport Association of N.D.

The award was presented by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.
The award was presented March 6 at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium held in Bismarck. The award is sponsored by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission in conjunction with the Airport Association of N.D.

This award is for excellence in maintaining safety, project management, and community awareness.

“Raking in” a family tradition

March 9, 2012

As far as roots go, Cal Schaefer is literally, and figuratively, rooted firmly in place at the North Dakota Winter Show.

“I’ve had a booth right here since ‘73, in the same exact spot,” Schaefer said, pointing to the ground of the Main Exhibit building.

Schaefer began working at the show in 1963 doing general labor.

“I worked in the barns, wherever they needed help: cleaning, setting up all the rodeos and stage shows.” The job didn’t pay very well, as Schaefer recalled, “It was only a dollar and a quarter an hour.”

VC seeks PD chief applicants

March 9, 2012

As of Wednesday, the city has received 11 applications for the open Valley City Chief of Police position.

City Administrator David Schelkopf reported that the opening was posted ten days ago, but that no local candidates have applied for the job so far. All current applicants are from out of state.

“It looks like a couple others are talking about it locally, I just had a city officer come in and talk to me about it yesterday, so I’m pretty certain there will be local people applying for this position,” he said. ‘We’re going to have a large group of people to look at.”

Barnes County Water Resource District Board meeting agenda for March 12

March 9, 2012

The Barnes County Water Resource District Board will meet Monday, March 12, in the Barnes County Highway Department Conference Room.

The meeting will take place at 8 a.m. instead of the regular time of 9 a.m.

AGENDA
Call to order
Revenue & Expenditure Report
Minutes
Stewart-Anderson Assessment Drain
Steele County Snagging & Clearing
Upper Sheyenne Retention project report
Tile Drainage permitting-policy discussion

Drainage complaints:
Meadow Lake Township-
Ten Mile Lake-inspection reports

Board member reports:
Project reports:
Meadow Lake
Sanborn Lake

March 8th

VC second N.D. location for computer GEDs

March 8, 2012

Esther Keeling was one of the first people in Valley City to be tested by computer for her General Educational Development certification Wednesday when the new program was unveiled at Valley City’s Sheyenne Valley Career and Technical Center.

Keeling “told me it was simple, fast and easy,” after taking the computerized test, said Allison Jennings, program manager for GED Testing Service based in Washington, D.C.

“You should have seen the look in Esther’s face when she saw she passed,” said center director Jeff Bopp.

Impressions of the NDWS

March 8, 2012

Pictures can be found in your Thursday, March 8, 2012 printed edition of the Valley City Times-Record.

The Times-Record got out and talked to a wide variety of Winter Show attendees on Wednesday, asking them where they’re from and why they came out to the show.

Cleone Genre and Larry Junker of Valley City danced their socks off at Senior Dance Day Wednesday. “Having fun? You bet,” said Junker of the polka-themed music of Marv and the Moonlighters. “We like ‘em all, but we do prefer a good two-step.”

Tons turn out for Tasting Bee

March 8, 2012

Lunch was served at the annual North Dakota Winter Show Tasting Bee on Wednesday at the National Guard Armory on Winter Show Road.

With everything costing only a quarter, the line for change stretched out the door shortly after the two-hour event opened at 11 a.m.

“We had 50 rolls of quarters; we have one roll left but a lot of people bring their own,” said Marge Bessette of the NDWS Women’s Division, which puts the Tasting Bee together.

While hundreds turned out for the popular event, Bessette said it is still not the largest affair the division handles.

March 7th

Local musician DeMasi launches web TV show

March 7, 2012

Joe DeMasi has shared his love of music with listeners all over the United States, and now he is setting out to reach an even wider internet audience with a new children’s musical show produced for web TV.

“The Forever Friends Show” stars DeMasi, his twin brother John, and Chris Burke, an actor with Down syndrome best known for his role as “Corky’ in the hit ABC-TV show “Life Goes On”.

“There are many children’s shows out there,” said DeMasi, “but there’s never been a children’s show with a main character with a disability.

Rural mail carrier recognized for training

March 7, 2012

Duane Burchill, Rural Route 2 mail carrier for the Valley City Post Office, was recently recognized by the Dakota’s District of the United States Postal Service for his role as a Road Test Examiner/Trainer and Facilitator.

He received a letter of appreciation from the District commending him on his role in training new hires to our organization, said Valley City Postmaster Sherry Johnson.

Burchill said he has been working as a Road Test Examiner/Trainer and Facilitator “for four or five years, and with the post office about 25 years.”

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