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October 22nd

Barnes County OKS 4 Percent Employee Raise

October 22, 2013

Monday Barnes County Commissioners voted to give all Barnes County employees a 4 percent cost of living adjustment raise. Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.

October 21st

Fire Causes Extensive Damage at Faith Lutheran: Officials Ask to Please Stay Clear

October 21, 2013

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.

VC Parks and Rec Announces Tobacco-Free Policy

October 21, 2013

Valley City Parks and Recreation’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.

Harvest Help for Enderlin Farmer

October 21, 2013

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.

FSA: The Check Is in the Mail

October 21, 2013

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.

October 18th

Free Shows at Planetarium

October 18, 2013

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.

Another Roadblock for Farmers

October 18, 2013

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 – 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 Prepares Third-Graders for Tests

October 18, 2013

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.

October 17th

President Jefferson visits VCSU

October 17, 2013

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 Jefferson’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.

CCHD Will Move to FCCU Building

October 17, 2013

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."

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