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September 18th, 2013

Barnes County Rejects Campground, Seeking Consensus

September 18, 2013

Barnes County Commissioners have rejected a proposed new campground off Barnes County 21 near Lake Ashtabula, in hopes Scott Cole can reach an agreement with neighbors.
Commissioners rejected the plan for a campground with space for about 20 units after about six Getchell Township residents said they were uncomfortable with the proposal.
Commissioners voted 1-4 against the plan, with Rodger Berntson voting in favor.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.

September 17th

Health Department Hosts Safety Conference

September 17, 2013

Area officials and those who work with children are being sought to attend an upcoming child passenger safety conference in Bismarck Oct. 1 and 2.
The North Dakota Department of Health's Child Passenger Safety Program is sponsoring the "Celebrating 30 Years of Buckling up Children" Child Passenger Safety Conference at the Ramada Bismarck.
More in Tuesday's issue of the Times-Record.

Local Leaders Take Walk Through VC

September 17, 2013

Valley City was host to the state Rec and Park Conference last week, and one event they hosted was a walk audit in which community leaders could participate. On Thursday, Mark Fenton, nationally-acclaimed authority on transportation, streets, planning and public health, visited the conference, spoke to local leaders and took them on a walk, explaining how an audit works along the way.
Thursday's walk served the purpose of showing leaders how to conduct an audit, but also gave participants an idea of how accommodating the area is for pedestrian traffic.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.

Transport Company to Pay

September 17, 2013

The Barnes County Sheriff's Department and local farmers who participated in the 2011 capture of an escaped prisoner from an area corn field will be reimbursed for their efforts.

September 16th

Leever's Cake Decorator Receives Awards

September 16, 2013

Leever's Foods cake decorator LeAnn Strittmatter was given awards for two cakes she created and showed at the North Dakota Grocers Association Cake Challenge at the Ramada Inn in Fargo last Monday.
The Valley City resident placed first in the novelty theme cake division for a swan cake she made and third in the advance cupcake division for a tiger cake she made out of cupcakes.
Read more in Monday's Times-Record.

Heitkamp Hosting Twitter Town Hall

September 16, 2013

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) will host a Twitter Town Hall on Tuesday, starting at 3:15 p.m. to talk about the recent developments in Syria, and her alternative proposal to address the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.
In an interview Friday, Heitkamp said this is the second time she will be hosting a Twitter Town Hall. Her first effort was on education.
Anyone following @SenatorHeitkamp on Twitter can begin submitting questions about Syria by including #AskHeidiH with their tweet.
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Jensen, Leininger Join Senior Companions

September 16, 2013

Kathleen Jensen and Myrna Leininger have joined the Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions program as a volunteer senior companion in the Barnes County area.
As senior companions, Jensen and Leininger provide free in-home assistance with daily living activities and social and recreational opportunities to help local seniors who are lonely, isolated, frail, disabled or homebound.
Read more in Monday's Times-Record.

September 13th

Local Hip-Hop Artist Performing in Fargo

September 13, 2013

A local hip-hop artist is performing a show in Fargo later this month. Erik Kiley, 19, of Valley City, will open for Pledge Empire Records, a group of hip-hop artists based out of the Twin Cities, at concert venue The New Direction in Fargo Sept. 21.
The show begins at 5 p.m., and tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Kiley can be reached for tickets via Facebook or on his cell phone at (701) 334-9006.
Kiley said his hip-hop career stemmed from writing poetry when he was younger. He began writing lyrics about a year ago.

Local Author Promoting Book

September 13, 2013

Local author Wayne McKirdy will be at the Barnes County Museum Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to promote his book, “Together.”
The Rev. Wayne McKirdy, a retired Methodist pastor, described the book he wrote with his wife, Maybelle, as a love story about their courtship and 51 years they spent together.
More in Friday's issue of the Times-Record.

Help Bring Suicide 'Out of the Darkness'

September 13, 2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the country. That year, someone in the U.S. died of suicide every 13.7 minutes.
In fact, in 2002, the year Wellness in the Valley was started by Debbie Anderson, Barnes County had one of the highest rural suicide rates in the nation. Two years ago, five Barnes County residents committed suicide in a four-month period.

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