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January 11th

Events Calendar: Jan. 11-30, 2013

January 11, 2013

Friday, January 11
Full Nelson Karaoke will be held from 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Valley City American Legion Club rooms. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event supports Legion Baseball.

Saturday, January 12
Grace Free Lutheran Church ManCamp Gun Show, starting at 3 p.m. Join us for conversation and “show & tell” surrounding one of man’s favorite past-times: Firearms. An antique firearm collector will display multiple firearms ranging from the 1880’s to the modern era. Call 845-2753 for more information.

Valley City Students Let Out Early

January 11, 2013

Valley City School Superintendent Dean Koppelman announced Friday morning that all Valley City public schools would be dismissed 2 p.m. Friday and buses would leave at that time. At the same time, the district also announced all Friday and Saturday school activities were canceled.

Blonde On The Prairie: Can Thinkers Be Thankers?

January 11, 2013

Think. I do it often. I probably do it too much. It takes just one thought to turn into a whole universe of thoughts. I didn’t know myself well when I was two years old but I’m guessing I asked, “Why” a lot because I do now. I just can’t stop thinking once a subject is given to me. If you stop me on the street and tell me you’re planning on opening a new business I’m already thinking about who you need to call to make you the best sign in town. I’m already thinking of how to get you better wholesale pricing. I’m thinking of how the store should be set up for the perfect flow.

Developers Talking About Rental Housing

January 11, 2013

Nobody has yet applied for a permit to build rental housing in Valley City, despite a current shortage of rental properties resulting from flooding protection buyouts.

David Schelkoph, city administrator for Valley City said he has informally heard developers talking about ideas for new apartment buildings, but permits haven’t been applied for.

Schelkoph said Valley City “is close to 100 percent occupancy in town with rental properties.”

Flu Season Has Begun

January 11, 2013

Flu season in Barnes County, as well as the remainder of North Dakota has begun.

As of Jan. 10, 1,077 cases of influenza have been reported statewide, with four cases reported in Barnes County. And that doesn’t reflect those who may have the flu but haven’t seen doctors.

Lori Thompson, Registered Nurse, of City-County Health District in Valley City believes the number will increase significantly as the disease spreads. Thompson also noted that test results of patients that are already infected may not be in.

January 10th

Travel Alert issued statewide in advance of winter storm

January 10, 2013

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has issued a statewide Travel Alert through Saturday morning in advance of the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted winter storm to impact the state.

Main Street To Be Closed For Month

January 10, 2013

Work on a second Sheyenne Riverbank Stabilization project along Main Street will begin Monday, Jan. 14.
According to Erik Gilbertson of city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson, the contractor will be installing steel sheeting to repair erosion that has taken place along the Sheyenne River. Main Street in Valley City will be closed for about one month. Traffic will be detoured to Second Street Northwest from Fifth Avenue Northwest to Central Avenue.
Access to businesses will be maintained during construction work.

County Addresses 9-1-1, Rural Fire Department

January 10, 2013

The Barnes County Commission voted to terminate its contract with Valley City for 9-1-1 services during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Also, the commission, which did not formally approve a pay and benefits package for 9-1-1 dispatchers who may become county employees, did instruct emergency manager Kim Franklin to make employment offers to dispatchers using wage and benefit proposals she made to the commission.
Also, county commissioners discussed agricultural property tax increases with zoning coordinator Betty Koslofsky.

Valley Troubadors Hoping to Increase Membership

January 10, 2013

The Valley Troubadors are looking to increase membership as they begin practice for their spring concerts, director Lance Dreveky said.
Kirk Dockter, who joined the Troubadors two years ago, said on a good night, the singing group can usually get 18 people together, but "we would like to see numbers grow."
"We'd really just like to appeal to people in the community who like to sing," Dockter said. "Because it's a lot of fun; it's a blast."

January 9th

County Resumes 9-1-1 Plans

January 9, 2013

Barnes County Commissioners voted to send notice to Valley City regarding termination of the existing 9-1-1 contract during their regular meeting on Jan. 8.

According to State’s Attorney, Lee Grossman, the old contract, which dates from the 1990s, needed to be updated regardless of whether the 9-1-1 system is taken over by Barnes County.

The current contract, as it is written, will end on July 16.

Commissioners also considered pay and benefits for city employed 9-1-1 dispatchers who may become county employees if Barnes County takes over day-to-day operations of the 9-1-1 system.

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