Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
A new, centralized, $14.5 million facility for the Barnes County North School District is one step closer to becoming a reality, as the Barnes County Commission approved the use of a County Auditorâ€™s Lot in Uxbridge Township for the construction of the new building, pending the approval of the County Planning and Zoning Board, which will review the issue on Thursday.
Due to deteriorating conditions, County Road 22 from State Highway 1 (at the blinking light) west to the city of Sanborn is closed to all truck and bus traffic.
â€śSince education was not one of the functions delegated to the national government by the United States Constitution, it has remained the basic responsibility of individual states. Washington policy makers could be described as interested and sometimes interfering spectators in the operations of the countryâ€™s school systems.â€ť
Over the past weeks, several area residents have contacted the Times-Record to share their recollections of early Winter Shows. We thought we would share their stories with our readers, and maybe jog some memories of your own.
Calvin Lettenmaier of Sanborn has fond memories of the North Dakota Winter Show, and with good reason. He has attended every Winter Show since its inaugural season in 1938, only missing one year during his military service in 1946.
The Winter Show came about at a time when the country was slowly recovering from the Great Depression, Lettenmaier said.
Wes Anderson, curator of the Barnes County Museum said this yearâ€™s North Dakota State Fair heritage and writing contests are great ideas to preserve memories of people alive today for future generations.
Friday the North Dakota State Fair based in Minot revealed it was having a State Fair Writing Contest and a North Dakota Heritage Contest.
For the heritage contest, residents are being asked to write down and submit their stories about what life was like in the state.
Submitted work will be displayed on the 4-H Wall in the N.D. State Fair Center at the 2012 state fair July 20-28.
To watch City Lights Supper Club owner Tommy Bergan in his newly remodeled restaurant is to see a man in his element. As he walks around the bar to greet old friends and new guests, it is clear that hospitality is in his blood.
â€śMy parents own the Taco Johnâ€™s here in town, so thatâ€™s where I got my first start with restaurants,â€ť said Bergan. â€śI went to school at UND and worked at Red Lobster and the Ground Round just kind of kept going with restaurant management through college.â€ť
While its late arrival may be arguably fashionable, winter has made a grand entrance in southeast North Dakota.
Mother Nature dropped a reported 5.5 inches of snow on the Valley City area over the weekend according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
â€śFive-point-five is what are unofficial co-op observer reported, but heâ€™s a good measurer and he lives pretty close to town,â€ť NWS meteorologist Bill Barrett said Monday morning. â€śThat was called in around noon time, 12:05.â€ť
A Gallup Poll study has again ranked North Dakota the nationâ€™s best state for creating jobs. North Dakota also ranked at the top of Gallup poll rankings in 2009 and 2010.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a Travel Alert for southwest and central North Dakota due to blowing snow sticking to the roadway causing scattered icy conditions. Motorists are encouraged to monitor local weather forecasts, reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.
The Valley City Fire Department rescue squad, Barnes County Sheriff's office, Barnes County Ambulance and the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a multiple vehicle pile-up in the median of I-94 between exit 296 and 298 a little after 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Wind gusts, blowing snow and slush in the roadway made driving conditions extremely hazardous. Some injuries were reported in the wreck, which initially was just two vehicles in the median, but eventually grew to include 5 cars, a semi and a truck which had rolled to rest on its top.