Archive - Oct 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.
Two free public Valley City State University Planetarium shows will be held Saturday at 1 and 1:30 p.m. in Room 309 of the Rhoades Science Center.
The first show is a 30-minute program called Finding Polaris I that introduces the audience to ancient Greek and Roman mythology told from a stars' point of view.
Soybean harvest was in full swing when foul weather hit last week, stopping it in its tracks. But many area farmers who also have corn have not stopped completely, just shifted gears â€“ or combine headers.
"You can combine corn in the rain," said Randy Grueneich, North Dakota State University Extension Agent for Barnes County. Any corn field on firm ground, especially higher ground, can be harvested. This is possible because corn headers are higher off the ground compared to bean headers which run almost level to the ground.
Jefferson Elementary School aimed to prepare its third-graders for standard testing during a pep rally Tuesday. Third-graders, along with students in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11, begin the North Dakota State Assessment tests Monday.
Guidance counselor Judi Hillier said the pep rally encourages students to prepare for the tests in a number of ways.
The kids were divided into groups of about five students and given a test tip that they had to create a picture out of.
President Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson, visited Valley City State University on Tuesday evening, Oct. 15. Speaking to a crowd of 500 assembled in Vangstad Auditorium, the costumed Jenkinson presented Jeffersonâ€™s views on the U.S. Constitution, answered questions from the audience as Jefferson and described his portrayal of Jefferson and other historical figures.
Read more in Thursday's Times-Record.
The City-County Health District is moving to a new location in the current First Community Credit Union building. Theresa Will, executive director of CCHD, announced at the Barnes County Commission meeting Tuesday morning that the agency has signed a purchase agreement and hopes to be in the new building by this time next year.
"We won't take ownership of the building until March 1, and then there will be renovations, so I would assume we won't move until August," Will said. "I'm hoping if we're in by this time next year I'll feel good about that."
Dozens of teachers and community members listened intently at the Jefferson Elementary School gymnasium Tuesday while a state-appointed impasse committee heard arguments from the Valley City Education Association and the Valley City School Board.
The three-hour impasse hearing was the latest step in ongoing negotiations between the teacher's organization and the VCPS school board. At issue are step increases for teachers, sick pay banking, and health insurance, the largest sticking point being pay increases for teachers and an increase in teacher's base pay.