Archive - Aug 2012 - News Article
Following a sewer emergency a week-and-a-half ago, all six motors from Valley City lift stations are installed and the crank is back to normal operating procedures.
The morning of Friday, Aug. 17, residents of Valley City were asked to conserve water as a precautionary measure when lift station motors failed, causing raw sewage to be dumped into the Sheyenne River.
â€śWith the different inflows in the sewer system throughout the year, we kind of have seasons just like everything else,â€ť Schelkoph said.
Valley City City Commission members met Monday during a special meeting to approve a perpetual restrictive covenant, restricting the city from building any structure other than for flood control on its acquired properties. They also approved a street reconstruction project on the streets surrounding the water treatment plant.
Barnes County Commissioner Rodger Berntson said misinformation from Stateâ€™s Attorney Lee Grossman affected his vote at an Aug. 7 commission meeting, but admits his lone dissenting vote would not have made a difference.
The commission voted 5-0 to appoint a person to fill the shoes of resigning County Auditor Ed McGough. County auditor is an elected position, but the commissioners felt there was too little time to solicit candidates for the November ballot.
Starting this fall, kids and teachers will see some changes to the school lunch program because of the new federal mandate. These tough new mandatory regulations are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and every public school in the nation is required to follow the standards beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. These standards bring an emphasis to fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat milk.
SANBORN, N.D. â€“ Earlier this month, Barnes County Water Resource District Board member Duane Lettenmaier was removed from the board by the Barnes County Commission for work on a drain that exceeded the original scope of the project.
Potter Township officer David Lettenmaier, Duaneâ€™s brother, said the water problem still remains an issue at Tuesdayâ€™s county commission meeting. The township officer said a metal detector was used on County Road 11 north of Sanborn where existing culverts were found.
Black, white, red, yellow and brown; large or small; male or female; young or old; all the dogs participating in Saturdayâ€™s fourth annual Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals Walk-And-Wag-Athon all had one thing in common: their owners care about animals.
Bringing in $1,380 to the organization, this yearâ€™s fundraising event nearly doubled last yearâ€™s take of $727.
As of Wednesday, the North Dakota Department of Health reported five new human cases of West Nile virus since reporting the first case two weeks ago, bringing the statewide total to 19. This compares to only four cases confirmed in 2011. The North Dakota Department of Health has not detected increases in West Nile virus activity similar to what has been reported in recent weeks since 2007 when there were 369 human cases reported. Of the 19 confirmed cases, five have been hospitalized.
Chad Petersen from city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson told the Valley City city commission that road construction projects in Valley City are moving along steadily as most are scheduled to wrap up in September and October.
â€śWe have really millions of dollars at work here in the city, getting rid of those pot holes,â€ť Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said during Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Friday, August 24
Full Nelson Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Valley City American Legion Club rooms. Also at the same time on Sept. 21, Oct. 26, Nov. 16. and Dec. 14. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event supports Legion Baseball.
Saturday, August 25
The fourth annual Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals Walk-And-Wag-Athon will be held all day Saturday at Chautauqua Parkâ€™s dog park. Event organizer Tracy Lee said the fundraiser has been increasing successful since it began as an effort to raise funds to build the dog park. Now the group uses the money it raises at the Walk-And-Wag to offset the medical expenses for animals in their foster program. The SVFA spays/neuters and microchips every animal in the program for what Lee estimated was an average of $230 per animal.