Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
The Valley City State University Foundation looks to have another success on its hands for the 18th annual VCSU Scholarship Auction this Friday.
As of Tuesday, the Foundation had sold all 525 tickets for the event, which has now sold out four years running and consistently raised funds in the $60,000 range for both the V-500 and Century Club Scholarship programs. The net profits are split 50/50 between the two programs.
In a pitch-dark room on the third floor of VCSUâ€™s Rhoades Science Center, a small group of students meets weekly to gaze at the night sky.
With their necks craned back and their eyes fixed on the heavenly dome of North Dakotaâ€™s only planetarium, the class uses laptops and a projection control panel to play a stellar show that they have created from start to finish.
â€śFinding Polaris IIâ€ť is an instructional tour through the night sky that was written, voiced and produced by students in instructor Wes Andersonâ€™s Planetarium Science Class.
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.
Colorectal (colon) cancer is the third most common cancer among adults in the United States.
It is also the second leading cause of cancer related death. If current trends continue, one in twenty Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime!
So how does this affect us in Valley City? According to the North Dakota Cancer Coalition, the rate of colon cancer statewide is 58.5 per 100,000 people. In Barnes County, the rate of colon cancer is 78.6 per 100,000 people. This rate is higher than that of both the state and the nation!
Emergency repairs were approved by the city commission Monday night for a portion of the riverbank along the 200 block of West Main Street that had fallen into the river sometime during the winter. A sizable portion of dirt and vegetation west of the retaining wall along Main eroded away, sparking concern about the structural stability of the road, sidewalk and a nearby billboard.
After requesting that the Department of Transportation and city engineers Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson examine the cave-in, it was found that no immediate danger to the road or billboard.
Does design affect diet?
The Valley City Public Schools, under the direction of food service director Sue Milender, will be conducting an experiment this week to track food sales following a visit from behavioral economist Dr. David Just.
Just was taken on a tour of the schools Friday morning with Milender after speaking at the Hi-Liner Activity Center on Thursday.
Organizers of this yearâ€™s Valley City/Barnes County CROP Hunger Walk hope this yearâ€™s event will be a success and include the traditional walk, said the Rev. Emmy Isaackson of Our Saviors Lutheran Church Monday.
Last yearâ€™s walk raised $5,455, but Isaackson said no walk took place in 2011 due to flooding worries in Valley City and around Barnes County.
Isaackson is also a member of the local CROP Walk planning team this year. Many Valley City churches and their congregations are participating in this yearâ€™s event, scheduled for Sunday, April 29.
Over the past few years, Dakota College at Bottineau has been busy collaborating with Valley City State University (VCSU) to deliver several associate degree programs on the VCSU campus, such as: Medical Assistant, Caregiver Services (child and adult), Paraeducation, and Nursing. Students in these programs can enjoy the conveniences of staying close to home, while completing their degrees through Dakota College.