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April 16th

Kris Kitko entertains on VCSU campus

April 16, 2012

Kris Kitko, a singer, songwriter, humorist, activist, educator, storyteller, activist, and more, entertained an audience at the Vangstad Auditorium at Valley City State University.

“A troubadour for troubled times” as she bills herself, Kitko hit on topics that ranged from women’s issues to politics with a comedic yet poignant flair.

“I spent about three and a half years here,” Kitko said prior to the concert, in which she played a love song dedicated to Valley City as her opening number.

“I had to do that just so you know we’re all friends here,” she told the crowd.

Taming the clutter during Cleanup Week

April 16, 2012

Spring is the perfect time for cleaning and re-organizing your home, and even holding a garage sale to get rid of excess clutter. But what if, in your spring cleaning adventures, you find yourself with more trash than treasure?

The City of Valley City has you covered.

As part of Spring Cleanup Week 2012, running today through Friday, the city’s sanitation department will accept large volumes of household and some yard waste for no extra pickup fee.

Military recognition

April 16, 2012

April is the Month of the Military Child, and programs were held at Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools Friday afternoon to recognize students and several faculty members who have parents, siblings, aunts uncles or cousins serving in the military.

Major Anna Wittrock of the local Army National Guard Unit, second from right, presents Jake Tangen with a “True Patriot Award” certificate for having a family member who is currently serving in the military. Jake’s brother is currently deployed in Afghanistan, and will be overseas until October.

Goven named to ND Board of medical examiners board

April 16, 2012

Valley City Dr. Genevieve Goven has been appointed to a term on the North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Local medical historian Paul Vangerud said Friday Goven is the first Valley City doctor to serve on the board since Dr. Neil McDonald served on the board for eight years in the 1970s.

“It’s really quite an honor,” said Goven Friday.

April 13th

Community Garden kicks off

April 13, 2012

The Valley City Community Gardens will have a 2012 membership meeting on Monday, April 16 at the Valley City High School cafeteria at 7 p.m.

North Dakota State University Extension Service agent Ellen Bjelland said there were seven 20-by-20 foot plots available on Thursday. The total cost to use the plots from April 15 through October 15 is $40.
"The $10 is refundable if you clean off your lot in the fall, and the $30 is not refundable, that's to cover water, plastic pathways," she said.

Valley City auditor receives leadership award

April 13, 2012

Valley City Auditor Avis Richter received the Innovator Award at the Municipal Government Academy awards ceremony during the North Dakota League of Cities’ ninth annual workshop held March 20-22 in Bismarck.

Thursday Richter said she received the award for specialized training she received both through the league of cities and the Municipal Finance Officers Association.

“It is for training I receive throughout the year,” Richter said.

BC to fix Clausen's dam

April 13, 2012

Clausen Springs has one more hurdle to jump before the park can be returned to its former glory.

The Barnes County Park Board has hired Kadrmas Lee and Jackson to do the engineering for repairs to approximately 2 miles of road in the park from the entrance to the dam. The road was demolished during construction on the dam that wrapped up late last summer.

KLJ engineer Chad Peterson said the county has FEMA funding to cover most of the work, as long as it stays within the agency's assessment.

NWS: Rain on Friday, sunny Saturday

April 13, 2012

Late-evening rain showers Thursday capped off a week of chilly and windy weather in the southeast corner of the state. Weekend forecasts are calling for a mix of warm and cool temperatures, with just a small chance of precipitation.

"There's a low pressure system coming up from Nebraska and South Dakota, moving south to north," said meteorologist Jim Kaiser of the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. "It's an unsettled pattern, so the rain should end overnight tonight, Saturday should be dry, and there's another slight shower chance Sunday."

After 100 years, Titanic still fascinates

April 13, 2012

The centennial of the Titanic's sinking provides an opportunity to look back at a disaster that, at the time, made waves in Barnes County and around the world.

When the world's largest ocean liner struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1912, an ongoing fascination was sparked with both the human aspect of the tragedy, and the failures and successes of the ship's technology.

Valley City resident Irma Ness recalled a family story about her grandfather, George Chapman, perishing in the sinking shortly after he and his wife abandoned their large family.

April 12th

Achieve, Open Door Center, tobacco usage and you

April 12, 2012

Open Door Center is a member of the Barnes County ACHIEVE. ACHIEVE is the acronym for Action Committee for Innovation and EnVironmental Change.

The local partnership was organized in 2010 for the purpose of reducing chronic diseases in Valley City and the surrounding area by pursuing local Policy, Systems and Environment changes that will more effectively promote good health.

The local ACHIEVE partnership brings together many local organizations representing health care, education , commerce, recreation and fitness, nutrition and special populations.

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