Archive - Oct 21, 2013 - News Article
Officials ask that the public steer clear of Faith Lutheran Church on Fourth St. NE, Valley City, after fire caused extensive damage to the structure Monday morning.
A cause for the fire has not been determined, so until an investigation is complete and the structure is safe, the Valley City Fire Department and church officials ask that nobody enter the building.
Inspectors from the North Dakota State Fire Marshall's office and from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms investigated the scene Monday afternoon. The cause of the blaze has not been released pending their investigation.
Valley City Parks and Recreationâ€™s board approved a policy on Oct. 2 that prohibits the use of any tobacco products in most of their recreational facilities, both outdoor and enclosed areas, according to VCPR Director Tyler Jacobson.
The board wants to create and sustain a recreation environment that supports a clear tobacco-free norm and helps protect the health of our youth, Jacobson said.
Bill Lemma of Enderlin is too sick to harvest beans this year, but because of Farm Rescue, Bill can focus on healing instead of worrying about harvest.
Bill has cancer and is in Rochester undergoing a bone marrow transplant. On Friday, volunteers, including Bill's son and a former neighbor Steve Mark navigated combines flying both the U.S. flag and a Farm Rescue flag, through Bill's soybean fields.
Farmers should soon receive CRP and DCP payments delayed because of the government shutdown.
The Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program is a government based subsidy program that is based on crop acreage of qualified crops; in this area corn, soybeans, wheat and barley. The program is overseen by the Farm Services Agency.
Usually, direct payments to farmers go out in early October, but this year the government shutdown prevented it, but according to David Shea, executive director for Barnes County FSA, those checks will go out soon.
Read more in Monday's Times-Record.