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December 13th

First Graders Ring Bells

December 13, 2012

Special to the Times-Record

First graders at Jefferson Elementary School rang the bells last week collecting money for the Salvation Army. They collected $308.15. Pictured with Dave Carlsrud and Joe Lunde are in the back left to right: Braedon Beyer, Peyton Olson, Abby Redfearn, Evelyn Lloyd, Miah Reinke, Breck Sufficool and Matthew Lahlum. In the front left to right: Drew Potratz, Kolby Ross, Adon Berntson, Ryanne Thornton and Parker Jacobson. Jacob Leick is not pictured.

Heart Attacks More Common in Winter

December 13, 2012

Having a healthy heart and knowing the signs of heart attack are always important, but more so during the holiday season.

Dr. JoEllen Kohlman-Petrick, an interventional cardiologist at the Sanford Heart Center in Fargo, warned that she sees more heart attacks during the fall and winter. Anytime people are under more stress, like during Christmas when people stress over money and preparations, they are more susceptible to heart attacks.

Also, increased activity such as shoveling snow or deer hunting in a person who may be otherwise sedentary, can cause stress on the heart.

Mercy Home Health Adds Hospice Care

December 13, 2012

Mercy Home Health Care recently added Hospice to its line of services and consolidated all offices in the region to Valley City. The expansion also resulted in the addition of two new employees in Valley City.

Mercy Home Health Care added Hospice services at the beginning of their fiscal year in July. Kim Haarsager, registered nurse, became director of Mercy Home Care and Hospice Oct. 1, and Susanne Olson became Liaison/Fund Development in November.

December 12th

Dakota Plains Donating to More Local Companies

December 12, 2012

Dakota Plains Cooperative, headquartered in Valley City, has donated to more local charities and has even more to distribute to during this year’s holiday season.

Every year, the cooperative donates money to organizations in the counties it serves, and then Land o’ Lakes matches the grants 100 percent.

“We do it during the Christmas season. It’s our opportunity to give back to the communities we serve,” general manager Ken Astrup said, adding “we try to do it this time of the year because the need is a little bit greater now.”

Hazardous Fire on I-94

December 12, 2012

The Barnes County Sheriff’s Department, Valley City Fire Department and the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a truck fire that contained hazardous, radioactive material Monday at about 3 p.m. on exit 298 on Interstate 94.

Barnes County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Fiebiger, who was at the scene, said flames were coming out of the brakes, which had overheated, and the truck driver had put the fire out himself. The fire department responded just to cool off the brake drums.

Pedersen Honored By V-500 Board

December 12, 2012

The V-500 Board of Directors held its annual Recognition Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 8 on the Valley City State University campus
V-500 is a scholarship program founded in 1972 by a group of people who realized the importance of scholarship support for Valley City State University students.

A highlight of the dinner was Dean Pedersen receiving the first volunteer of the year award given out by the V-500 board.

Pedersen said he was honored because “I got the most referrals” for people interested in helping the scholarship program.

Domestic Abuse, Surprising Stats

December 12, 2012

In Barnes County last year 720 people were victims of abuse. A total of 783 people in Barnes and surrounding counties. Of those, 638 adults and 38 children were victims of domestic violence. Another 31 adults were victims of sexual assault and 82 adults were victims of other types of abuse including terrorizing, assault, stalking, menacing and harassment According to the Abused Persons Outreach Center, Inc.

And those are just the cases that are reported. According to Michelle Grebel of the APOC domestic abuse is a silent crime because it’s so under-reported.

December 11th

VC Parks and Rec Seeks Board Member

December 11, 2012

The Valley City Parks and Recreation District is looking for people interested in a seat on the district board opened up by the resignation of a member.

Taylor Jacobson, district director, said “a Parks and Recreation District board member resigned, and we’re looking for letters of interest by people wanting to fill it.”

Jacobson said the appointment to the open position will run through June of 2014.

Jacobson said the seat was held by Brent Gustafson, who resigned because he moved outside city limits.

APOC, School Kids Plan Unique Project

December 11, 2012

The Abused Persons Outreach Center, Inc. in Valley City needs toilet paper to give to families in need, and second-graders at Jefferson Elementary School hope to collect enough of it to build a Christmas tree at the school on December 18.

Assuming each student brings in one roll of toilet paper, the tree could include 111 rolls.

Rabid Cat Found in Jamestown

December 11, 2012

People who may have been exposed to a rabid cat in Jamestown last month should contact the North Dakota State Department of Health.

The cat was found Nov. 30 by local animal control authorities close to the Tesoro gas station at 2015 Eighth Avenue S.W. in Jamestown. The adult female cat was an orange and white tabby with long hair and was declawed.
The cat tested positive for rabies at the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Laboratory Services on Dec. 6.

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