Archive - Jul 2012 - News Article
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Bismarck, N.D. â€“ North Dakota Tourism staff are hitting the road in July to work at several high-traffic visitor areas throughout the state, as well as at new sites in oil-impacted areas.
North Dakota Tourism representatives will be at designated visitor centers and rest areas to gather traveler information via a survey and provide traveler assistance. In addition to surveying travelers at traditional visitor sites, they will go to two crew camps and one very busy C-station to survey camp residents about their leisure and travel interests.
Valley Cityâ€™s Family Dollar store may be one of many across the country that will sell tobacco products. Family Dollar media representative Josh Braverman said the move is strictly due to customer demand.
â€śWe are already selling cigarettes in some stores,â€ť Braverman said.
Valley Cityâ€™s downtown district was hopping Wednesday as locals and visitors swarmed the streets in search of good sales and food. Kids played in bounce houses, shoppers visited outdoor stands and many enjoyed a buffalo burger.
Crazy Day is an annual street fair held every year in July hosted by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce. Local businesses offer discounts on selected items and some sell food and items as fundraisers.
Some businesses even hold fun contests, such as the watermelon eating contest that Duttonâ€™s Valley Gallery holds every year.
Online safety is everyoneâ€™s responsibility. Parents need to be aware, educated, and observant about their childrenâ€™s use of the computer and cell phone. In our classrooms, teachers need to promote responsible Internet usage by students. The Internet safety curriculum in our school establishes a foundation to help youth develop the decision-making skills needed to use the Internet safely. But when those kids leave our school buildings, computers are no longer filtered, cell phone use is no longer monitored, and social networking sites such as Facebook are no longer blocked.
The Valley City Public School Board discussed six new school policies at a special meeting on Monday, including the schoolâ€™s Wellness Policy which has been in the works for several months.
The policy was developed by school administrators and staff, including physical education instructors, school board member Sharon Buhr, who is the director of the Young Peopleâ€™s Healthy Heart program at Mercy Hospital, and the schoolâ€™s food service director Sue Milender. Milender has been nationally recognized as one of the top school food directors in the country.
Saturday Valley City residents are encouraged to cheer on bicyclists riding to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosts a bike ride every year in the Fargo area. This yearâ€™s ride called â€śBike MS: Sanford Health Ride the Wind,â€ť participating cyclists will start their route in Casselton, loop north through several small towns and Lake Ashtabula, and then turn south to head to Valley City, covering up to 140 miles.
A Valley City man was arrested by local police Sunday on a warrant obtained by the Wahpeton Police Department.
Joshua Dale Holm, 31, was charged with a Class B Felony for allegedly luring minors by computer or other electronic means. Wahpeton PD has been conducting an ongoing undercover sting operation to catch people luring minors over the internet for sexual purposes.
Barnes County Stateâ€™s Attorney Lee Grossman said the alleged crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, but Barnes County will have no involvement in the case.
The fourth annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Motorcycle Ride, Raffle and Street Dance will be held Saturday in Valley City.
Registration for the motorcycle ride begins at 9 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Park parking lot, with the ride beginning at noon. Cost to participate is $20 per bike, and much of the net proceeds benefit Hospice of the Red River Valley.
A hearing has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. to officially remove Barnes County Water Resource District Board member Duane Lettenmaier from the water board over what three other board members claim were â€śunapproved actions.â€ť
An official complaint was sent to Commission Chair Cindy Schwehr and signed by water board president Jeff McMillan, vice president Pat Hurley, and board member John Kohler.
The Barnes County Commission will hold the hearing following its regularly scheduled meeting from 8 a.m. to noon that morning.
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Marlin & Wanda Niess, Argusville, ND (Dakota Gospel) and grandchildren, Mikey, Katy and Amelia Meester, Valley City will be sharing their music on Wed., July 25th.
Dakota Gospel, Marlin and Wanda Niess, from Argusville, ND will be entertaining along with their grandchildren, Mikey, Katy & Amelia Meester of Valley City on Wednesday, July 25th at Music in City Park in Valley City beginning at 7:15 p.m.