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April 18th

5 run for 2 seats on VC commission

April 18, 2012

Five people have signed up for two open nonpartisan Valley City City Commission seats in the June 12 Primary Election, including former Mayor Mary Lee Nielson and former Commissioner Ken Evenson.

Nielson was defeated for another term as mayor by Werkhoven in the 2010 election, and Evenson lost to Dewey Magnuson in a Jan. 24 recall election.

Also running for the city commission are Robert Drake, Arthur Frieze and Dr. Madeline Luke.

Current Mayor Bob Werkhoven said Tuesday incumbent commissioners Jon Wagar and George Dutton have decided against running for another term in office.

Accident drill

April 18, 2012

Local paramedics help Litchville-Marion junior John Baumgartner during a vehicle crash scenario put on for area students Tuesday. Baumgartner and several of his fellow students acted out a bloody prom night tragedy where drinking and driving caused a fatal wreck. Volunteers from the Barnes County Sheriff’s Office, Valley City Police Department, Barnes County EMS, Valley City Fire and Rescue, North Dakota Highway Patrol and Lerud-Schuldt Funeral Home donated their time and equipment for the presentation.

April 17th

Colon cancer: Another reason to eat right and move

April 17, 2012

Colorectal (colon) cancer is the third most common cancer among adults in the United States.

It is also the second leading cause of cancer related death. If current trends continue, one in twenty Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime!

So how does this affect us in Valley City? According to the North Dakota Cancer Coalition, the rate of colon cancer statewide is 58.5 per 100,000 people. In Barnes County, the rate of colon cancer is 78.6 per 100,000 people. This rate is higher than that of both the state and the nation!

VC OKs riverbank repair

April 17, 2012

Emergency repairs were approved by the city commission Monday night for a portion of the riverbank along the 200 block of West Main Street that had fallen into the river sometime during the winter. A sizable portion of dirt and vegetation west of the retaining wall along Main eroded away, sparking concern about the structural stability of the road, sidewalk and a nearby billboard.

After requesting that the Department of Transportation and city engineers Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson examine the cave-in, it was found that no immediate danger to the road or billboard.

VC Schools launch lunch experiment

April 17, 2012

Does design affect diet?

The Valley City Public Schools, under the direction of food service director Sue Milender, will be conducting an experiment this week to track food sales following a visit from behavioral economist Dr. David Just.

Just was taken on a tour of the schools Friday morning with Milender after speaking at the Hi-Liner Activity Center on Thursday.

VC/BC CROP Hunger Walk 2012

April 17, 2012

Organizers of this year’s Valley City/Barnes County CROP Hunger Walk hope this year’s event will be a success and include the traditional walk, said the Rev. Emmy Isaackson of Our Saviors Lutheran Church Monday.

Last year’s walk raised $5,455, but Isaackson said no walk took place in 2011 due to flooding worries in Valley City and around Barnes County.

Isaackson is also a member of the local CROP Walk planning team this year. Many Valley City churches and their congregations are participating in this year’s event, scheduled for Sunday, April 29.

April 16th

Dakota College at Bottineau Hosts Open House at VCSU

April 16, 2012

Over the past few years, Dakota College at Bottineau has been busy collaborating with Valley City State University (VCSU) to deliver several associate degree programs on the VCSU campus, such as: Medical Assistant, Caregiver Services (child and adult), Paraeducation, and Nursing. Students in these programs can enjoy the conveniences of staying close to home, while completing their degrees through Dakota College.

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.

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