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February 28th

American Legion Burglarized Overnight

February 28, 2013

During the late morning hours of Feb. 28, two male suspects took an undetermined amount of cash after forcibly entering the American Legion in Valley City, Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson said in a news release.
"Once inside the building the two suspects checked the register for money and after finding none, located the safe," the release said. "The two suspects then forcibly broke into the safe and removed an undetermined amount of cash."
The Valley City Police Department is investigating the burglary and have no suspects in custody.

Senior Center Seeking Volunteer Companions

February 28, 2013

Valley City's South Central Adult Services is seeking people interested in serving as volunteer senior companions, said Dolly Hoelmer, outreach worker for Valley City's adult services operation.
Hoelmer said Valley City now has three senior companions, who each receive a stipend of $2.55 per hour to help people in need.
More in Thursday's issue of the Valley City Times-Record.

VCSU Alumni Foundation Hopes to Increase Involvement

February 28, 2013

The Valley City State University Alumni Association is using social media and events to increase interaction and communication with VCSU alumni.
VCSU senior and intern Dillan Ostrom is heading the project that allows alumni to get involved by posting pictures of their pets, answering a question of the week and watching videos of campus updates and improvements.
Kim Hesch, assistant director for advancement and alumni relations, said the alumni foundation wants to keep alumni more involved and keep them aware of what's going on.

February 27th

Intern Aims to Boost Kid's Nutrition Savvy

February 27, 2013

Michon Kysilka, is an intern from UND working toward becoming a licensed registered dietician.
"Each student must have hands-on experience in a number of areas to meet the national standards established by the national Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics," said LRD Sharon Buhr.
Kysilka particularly enjoys working with students in the On The Move program and with the Mercy Hospital Young People's Healthy Heart Program.
For more on Kysilka, read Wednesday's edition of the Times-Record.

Interest In Historic House Picks Up

February 27, 2013

Valley City has been hearing from increasing numbers of potential buyers of an architecturally significant house on Fifth Ave. SW that some people call the Pink Flamingo.
The house was originally built as a single family home, and was turned into rental property 10 to 15 years ago.
More in Wednesday's Valley City Times-Record.

Chamber Ready for Community Olympics, Chili Cook-off

February 27, 2013

The Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual community olympics and chili cook-off. The events are held annually the Monday before the North Dakota Winter Show to build excitement and bring people into Valley City.
The community olympics will feature six different events from an egg toss to outhouse horseshoes, which trades in the horseshoe for a toilet seat.
"Different businesses in town have a chance to compete. Friendly competition is a great thing for the community," Chamber office manager Kay Vinje said.

February 26th

Washington Principal Credits Others for Award

February 26, 2013

Washington Elementary School Principal Wayne Denault was named regional Principal of the Year by the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals.

More than just an administrator at Washington, Denault wears a lot of hats. He is the Title I coordinator for the Valley City Public School district and the AdvancED school improvement coordinator for the district.

Utility Work on I-94 Begins Wednesday

February 26, 2013

Special to the Times-Record

Utility work will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27 at approximately 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on eastbound and westbound Interstate 94 near milepost 287, five miles west of Valley City. 

During utility work, eastbound and westbound I-94 will be reduced to one lane traffic; speeds will be reduced; and motorists should expect minimal delays. 

The traveling public should use caution when driving through the work zone. The North Dakota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down for their safety and the safety of the highway workers.

Smart Utility System Provides Future Options

February 26, 2013

Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said the city’s main reason for considering installing smartgrid technology is for load control but the advanced technology has the ability to offer much more.

The Valley City City Commission learned more about Cooper Power’s automated metering infrastructure system Feb. 19 during its regular meeting, but no decision has been made.

February 25th

Gas Prices Hit Historic High

February 25, 2013

Gas prices in Valley City have gone up nearly 66 cents over the past month, but area gas prices are still among the lowest in North Dakota.

With an average gas price of $3.69 in Valley City, the average gas price in North Dakota, as of Friday, was $3.76 per-gallon –the highest on record – with the highest price in the state in Jamestown at an average of $3.82 per-gallon, according to Gene LaDoucer, AAA spokesperson in Fargo.

“Jamestown usually isn’t among the highest,” said La Doucer. The reason Jamestown prices are higher than Valley City “probably has to do with its market.”

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