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October 2nd, 2012
Nikki Johnson is on her second month in her new business in downtown Valley City. Johnson, Valley City, opened Absolute Tranquility Therapeutic Massage in July, offering a variety of relaxation services.
Johnson is also an occupational therapist but decided she wanted to focus on a more relaxing side to therapy.
âThe world is so stressful, I just want to focus on helping people relax and incorporate it into their healthy living,â she said.
The National Fire Prevention Associationâs annual âFire Prevention Weekâ kicks off on Sunday, and Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath said he is preparing to present to Washington, Jefferson and St. Catherineâs Elementary Schools next week to educate children on fire safety.
Solicitations for donations for the Erma Overby Scholarship at Valley City State University will be sent in the coming weeks, but the Valley City-Barnes County Health District can no longer be a part of the effort to recognize the former CCHD director.
Overby, who passed away on June 4 at age 87, worked as a school nurse and the director of the City-County Health District when the two departments merged in 1978. In 2004 the state recognized her with the Outstanding Service in Public Health Award.
You know youâre getting older when the acquisition of new or upgraded kitchen accessories produces excitement. In the past few years, Iâve moved on from Easy-Bake Ovens to much greater culinary gadgets.
The reason most kids under 30 years old donât find the lit-up magic of a touch-screen oven or the ease of an electric can opener exhilarating is because we donât really need to.
Who cooks on a regular basis? Why would you go to the trouble of buying several ingredients when thereâs ramen to be bought, 10 cents each? Whatâs an oven, anyway, and how do you use one?
Dr. Mark Strand, an associate professor in the North Dakota State University Masters in Public Heath program, recently contacted the Valley City-Barnes County health district, curious about CCHDâs Chronic Disease Management program.
Earlier this month, Strand, who was unavailable for comment on Friday, met with CCHD Director Theresa Will to ask about the program. Will said he offered help to her in writing a case study on the program that would be submitted as a medical journal article.
Faculty, students, and community members from across the state will come to the Valley City State University Oct. 11 and 12 to attend the North Dakota University Systemâs 2012 Arts and Humanities Summit. During this biennial event, scholars and artists from across the state will gather to present and share their work in visual arts, music, readings, theater, and scholarship.
Jonna Ziniel, professor at VCSU and coordinator of the event, said the summit is âa really nice showcase of what the state has to offer.â
State House and Senate candidates and candidates for the Barnes County Commission have all been invited to participate in a candidate forum Oct. 16 at the Valley City HAC Gymnasium, said Doug Anderson.
Anderson is a Chamber Board member, leads its legislative committee, and is marketing and communications manager for Valley City State University.
The candidate forum is being sponsored by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, and will take place starting at 7 p.m.
The North Dakota Department of Instruction (DPI) is asking for all interested people to provide input on the new proposed guidelines for the professional evaluations of teachers and principals.
After several districts across the state failed to meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act, the state applied for a waiver from the act.
Submitting the waiver means the state must have established uniform guidelines for the evaluations. A DPI advisory committee worked from October, 2011, to July to develop the proposed guidelines.
I begin this prose in quite a conundrum.
Trying to find peace but havenât yet found some.
I begin every morning alive with the news.
CNN, FOX âthey give me the blues.
Iâm just the blonde, living on the prairie-
But tootâin my own horn (which is really quite scary!)
Iâm a woman with hormones and I have a gun.
Bring me a militant and Iâll get âer done.
My posse is housewives â women of strength.
Proverbs 31 proves theyâd earn âGeneralâ as ranks.
Each and every one of them is as patriotic as me.
So we wonder how dumb our elected can be.