Archive - Feb 2013 - News Article
I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo and I-29 from Grand Forks to Fargo NOW OPEN; I-29 remains closed from Fargo to ND/SD border
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have opened I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo and I-29 from Grand Forks to Fargo. The portion of I-29 from Fargo to the ND/SD border remains closed at this time. Motorists are reminded that the roadways are covered with ice and compacted snow and are extremely icy. Motorists must slow down and use extreme caution while traveling.
The Valley City Police Department held a training class for those who own or are employed at alcohol establishments Friday. The same class will be offered about every month at the VCPD.
Officer Wade Hannig, who head the class Friday, said the free classes are â€śan effort to help the bars notice potential problems, avoid them before they become problems â€”Â just kind of a community service.â€ť
When Valley City Assessor Sandy Hansen made an inquiry regarding homestead tax exemptions in North Dakota, she couldnâ€™t have known that she would start a chain reaction that may change how the state approaches special assessments and homestead exemptions.
A homestead exemption is a property tax reduction for the elderly and disabled. It is a sliding scale reduction that is based on income after deducting medical expenses, according to Hansen.
There will be no school today in Valley City. As a result there will have school next Monday, Presidents Day, the next available make-up day. There will be no activities or practices today, nor will be no parent-teacher conferences today.
Superintendent Dean Koppelman will send information out through news media and email pertaining to parent-teacher conferences. Buses and school will be run at regular time tomorrow.
Interstate 94 is closed, but DOT officials hope that the it will be open by 11 a.m.
At 8 a.m. Monday, Valley City Public Schools announced that it will be among those closed Monday after a blizzard Sunday hit southeastern North Dakota Monday.
Valley City State University, and the Maple Valley and Barnes County North school districts will also be closed Monday.
Valley City Schools were initially delayed two hours but monitored the weather situation throughout the evening and in the morning, announcing the cancellation just before 8 a.m.
Maple Valley announced its cancellation Sunday and Barnes County North announced its cancellation Monday.
As of 6 p.m. Sunday night, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have closed I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo, and I-29 from Fargo to Grand Forks due to heavy snow, blowing snow and areas of near zero visibility creating hazardous driving conditions. In addition, Minnesota officials have closed I-94 from Moorhead to Alexandria. Motorists should not travel on closed roads as they may become blocked overnight
Saturday, February 9
Bluegrass jam is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum. The acoustic jam is free and open to the public and beginning musicians are welcome. For more information call John Andrus at 701-762-4891.
Tuesday, February 12
Under the leadership of Project Leader Kurt Eversman, Valley Cityâ€™s National Fish Hatchery on River Road is working to become a destination along the Sheyenne River.
Activities already going strong on the fish hatchery grounds include bird watching, a fishing pond signed for people 16 or under, but â€śanybody can come and fish,â€ť and gravel roads throughout the property.
Said Eversman, â€śquite a few people walk the perimeters of roadsâ€ťlooking for wildlife, fish, and the river.
Surrounded by friends and relatives from throughout North Dakota, Ted Hochhalter celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday at Legacy Place.
Born Feb. 7, 1913 on a farm south of New Leipzig, Hochhalter farmed all of his life, said his son, Harvey Hochhalter.
Tedâ€™s mind is sharp as a tack, but said it is hard for him to hear.
Harvey said his father spent a short time working with apples in Yakima, Wash., then returned to farm in North Dakota.
Valley City police, the city attorney and the city administrator are investigating the alleged illegal access, by a Barnes County employee, of a phone call made to the Valley City Police Department.
The phone call, which resulted in disciplinary action for a Valley City 9-1-1 dispatcher, was made to the police department phone line by a woman reporting an injured deer. The call was not made to 9-1-1.