Archive - Apr 18, 2012 - News Article
The Barnes County Commission voted unanimously to deny a request from Valley City Mayor Bob Werkhoven for funds to help cover the cost of the Ninth Avenue Northwest project in the city.
Werkhoven had requested $125,000 from the countyâ€™s Farm to Market Fund to cover the roadâ€™s repair and other work, but commissioners said funding was already spread too thin.
Barnes County Roads Superintendent Kerry Johnson and Stateâ€™s Attorney Lee Grossman also urged the commission to deny the cityâ€™s request.
Five people have signed up for two open nonpartisan Valley City City Commission seats in the June 12 Primary Election, including former Mayor Mary Lee Nielson and former Commissioner Ken Evenson.
Nielson was defeated for another term as mayor by Werkhoven in the 2010 election, and Evenson lost to Dewey Magnuson in a Jan. 24 recall election.
Also running for the city commission are Robert Drake, Arthur Frieze and Dr. Madeline Luke.
Current Mayor Bob Werkhoven said Tuesday incumbent commissioners Jon Wagar and George Dutton have decided against running for another term in office.
Local paramedics help Litchville-Marion junior John Baumgartner during a vehicle crash scenario put on for area students Tuesday. Baumgartner and several of his fellow students acted out a bloody prom night tragedy where drinking and driving caused a fatal wreck. Volunteers from the Barnes County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Valley City Police Department, Barnes County EMS, Valley City Fire and Rescue, North Dakota Highway Patrol and Lerud-Schuldt Funeral Home donated their time and equipment for the presentation.