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Sheriff Notifies Public of High Risk Sex Offender

December 31, 2012

The Barnes County Sheriff's Office is notifying the public of a high risk sex offender that is currently housed in the Barnes County Jail and a resident of Valley City.
According to sheriff Randy McClaflin, the state has assessed Michael A. Nelson, 23, of Valley City as a high risk sex offender. Nelson was convicted in Dec. 2009 for corruption or solicitation of minors.
A nine-member committee recently reviewed his file and changed his assessment to high risk.
Nelson is currently on work release and is employed by Quality Refinishing, 1100 Seventh Street, Southeast in Valley City.

Hospice Sponsoring Lunch and Learns

December 31, 2012

Hospice of the Red River Valley invites health care professionals to its January Lunch and Learn offerings as it continues to explore various topics related to end-of-life care.

Sessions at Hospice offices in Valley City, Lisbon, N.D., and Detroit Lakes, Minn., will be through video conferencing with the Fargo office where the live presentation will take place.

Bonnie Oelschlager, a spokeswoman for the hospice, said Friday there will be no charge to participate in the sessions, “and they will be able to attend via video-conferencing technology.”

City Addressess 9-1-1, Special Assessments

December 31, 2012

Valley City Commissioners discussed its options in an ongoing 9-1-1 struggle with Barnes County as well as special assessments during a special meeting on Friday.

The 9-1-1 issue, or who will eventually control the system, has been a point of contention for months.

Currently, the city and county share the costs of running the 9-1-1 system. 9-1-1 operations are contracted out to the city by Barnes County and is operated from the Valley City Police Department.

VCSU Students to Take Classes in Rhoades Expansion

December 31, 2012

Students at Valley City State University will begin their first week of classes in January in the new addition of the Rhoades Science Center, President Steve Shirley said Friday.

“It’s essentially a two-part project, the renovation of the existing facility and the expansion,” he said. The 28,000-square-foot expansion is almost complete, and they’re just getting down to final crunch time.

December 28th

VC Commission Fights Back on 9-1-1

December 28, 2012

Valley City Commissioners agreed today that if Barnes County pursues its campaign to take control of the 9-1-1 system, they will also have to take total financial responsibility of it. Mary Lee Neilson said after a special meeting today that the city commission also agreed that antiquated 9-1-1 equipment should not be moved to a different location until it has been replaced.
Read the entire story in Monday's Times-Record.

Blonde on the Prairie: Remember When...

December 28, 2012

Well would you look at that. Another 365 days have passed. In my head I don’t resolve to make and stick to any resolutions. I’ve determined that life is just an adventure of choices. I chose good this year- for the most part. I made a few mistakes but all of them led me to a conviction that either taught me something or helped me to teach somebody else.

Crash Victim Names Released

December 28, 2012

The North Dakota Highway Patrol Thursday released the names of six men who died in a crash between a semitrailer and a pickup on Interstate 94 near Jamestown Wednesday. The accident happened on eastbound Interstate 94 at mile marker 258.

Sgt. Josh Rude said the six men were in a westbound pickup truck when the driver lost control. The pickup went through the median and was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound semitrailer. The semi trailer was being driven by 23-year old Stuart Hauge.

‘Quiet’ Law Won’t Affect Local Cable

December 28, 2012

Thanks to an new Federal Communications Commission regulation, some television viewers will start to notice that commercials are no longer louder than the programs in which they run. A new regulation states that commercials can’t be louder than the average volume of the TV show.

Area residents on Cable Services Inc., however, will not notice a change because the small cable company has been waived by the FCC from compliance with the new regulation.

According to the regulation, providers with fewer than 15,000 customers will not have to comply.

Charity Campaigns See Record Numbers

December 28, 2012

Residents and businesses of Barnes County did the community well this past month by donating their time and money to several local charity campaigns held annually over the Christmas season. Almost all charity organizers said they’ve seen the need in the community go up, and local campaigns and programs have seen record numbers of donations this year.

December 27th

Crash Near Jamestown Kills 6

December 27, 2012

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a crash between a semitrailer and a pickup killed six men on Interstate 94 near Jamestown at about 10:55 a.m. Wednesday. The accident happened on eastbound Interstate 94 at mile marker 258.

Sgt. Josh Rude said the six men were in a westbound pickup truck when the driver lost control. The pickup went through the median and was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound semitrailer. The semi trailer was being driven by a 23-year-old resident of Mandan.

Rude says all six men in the pickup were killed.

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