Valley City Police are stepping up patrol after a rash of suspicious activity and now a Monday-night arson were reported in Valley Cityâ€™s Chautauqua and City Parks.
â€śWe had some people call in and say that there were some people down there that looked kind of suspicious,â€ť said Tyler Jacobson, Valley City Parks and Recreation director.
â€śWe called the police and asked if they step up their patrol. Weâ€™ve also had a couple of fires going on out at Chautauqua; a couple individuals burned up one of garbage cans completely and burned one of our dumpsters too.â€ť
A 1.5 mile stretch of smooth, new blacktop now rises, falls, twists and turns as it winds from the opening gate of Clausen Springs around the southern half of the lake to the Clausen Springs Dam. The road was finished last week and is the final piece of the restoration of the park after it was devastated during spring flooding in 2009.
Like many, Valley City resident Bonnie Olson has plenty of trips sheâ€™d like to take, but canâ€™t always fit in due to high gas prices.
But for now, that isnâ€™t much of a worry.
Olson had her name drawn as the winner of the grand prize of the Times-Recordâ€™s $1,000 Free Gas Giveaway and won $250 gift cards to the Valley Service, Stop and Go, Dakota Plains and Brothers III gas stations in Valley City.
â€śThis is really going to be nice, because now my gas is paid for,â€ť Olson said.