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February 5th, 2013

Health Department Educates About Booster Seats

February 5, 2013

During Child Passenger Safety Month in February, North Dakota elementary school children and their parents will be receiving life-saving information about child passenger safety best practices through their local law enforcement and public health agencies. The students will also be receiving information about the “Ready? Safe? Go!” campaign. This campaign teaches children to ask themselves if they are traveling in the safest way possible – buckled up correctly in the back seat.

Elementary Schools Celebrate Kindness

February 5, 2013

Jefferson and Washington Elementary Schools will celebrate Kindness Week from Monday, Feb. 11 to Friday, Feb. 15.

Organized by elementary counselor Vanessa Kocka, Kindness Week is a way for kids to understand that “kindness is empathy, compassion and human connection; it’s a smile or a comforting word. The smallest gesture can brighten a dark day or ease a heavy burden,” according to the Valley City Public Schools newsletter.

BC Students Head to Spelling Bee

February 5, 2013

Special to the Times-Record

Barnes County students prepare for the annual Spelling Bee on Feb. 4 at Valley City State University.

The 35th Annual Barnes County Spelling Bee will be held on Feb 4th at Valley City State University’s Student Center.

Area schools will have a top speller competing in each of the two divisions: grades 5-6, Division II and grades 7-8, Division III.
Barnes County spellers will compete in a written and an oral section. The top two spellers overall will represent Barnes County on March 22nd at the ND State Spelling Bee in Bismarck.

February 4th

Feir and Wit: Common Misconceptions About Homeschooling

February 4, 2013

There’s a common misconception that every home-schooled child belongs to an Amish sect, baking bread for their lunch with grain they milled themselves. They ride their horse-drawn buggies to town with their parents and eight siblings as they hide behind the brim of their bonnets and shun society.

Modern puritanical bliss.

Yes, I may have had an affinity for prairie-style skirts at one point in my life, but it surely wasn’t my mother’s doing. I blame Laura Ingalls Wilder for that.

I was homeschooled until eighth grade.

Whoever Can Come Band Jams Regularly

February 4, 2013

The Whoever Can Come Band played in one of their many jam sessions Saturday at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum. The band, as the name suggests, allows whoever can come to jam with them every other Saturday.

“It’s just a group of people that get together because they enjoy having jam sessions with each other, just jamming and playing music,” coordinator Mel Olstad said. “It’s been in existence for a number of years now, I would guess probably at least a dozen years.”

VC American Cancer Society Gala March 16

February 4, 2013

For the first time, Valley City’s Eagle Aerie will host a special event to benefit the American Cancer Society – the “Here Comes The Sun, Tonight’s Dream .. Tomorrow’s Hope Gala, said Rod Grafing, one of the organizers.

Grafing said the event is scheduled to run 6:30 p.m. to midnight March 16.

Hilde van Gijssel, the main planner for the event, said Friday, “Barnes County has long been hosting the Relay for Life and Daffodil Days, and over the last couple of years we figured there was space in this town to do something different (along with both traditional events).”

February 1st

Blonde on the Prairie: Seeking A Sunbird

February 1, 2013

I am on a quest to find out. Maybe you, the Valley City Times Record readers can assist me.

I was the passenger as that husband of mine drove us home. Lately we’ve been traveling on short trips to and fro so not to get depressed. We are living proof that if you just keep moving your mind can’t hijack your joy. While he drives – I wonder. Bet you never knew I did that, did ya?

Jamestown Kiwanis to Launch Third Food Packaging Event

February 1, 2013

The Kiwanis Club of Jamestown is looking for donations and volunteers for its third Kids Against Hunger food packaging event to be held in March.

The event will take place on March 2, at the Buffalo Mall in Jamestown. Event co-chair Janna Bergstedt hopes to raise $30,000 and have 250 volunteers to package meals for those less fortunate.

VCFD Holding Annual Smoker Tonight at VFW

February 1, 2013

The Valley City Fire Department will hold their annual smoker Friday evening at the Veterans of Foreign Wars club in Valley City.

The annual fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and the entrance fee is $10.

“We try to put the money (raised) towards certain equipment we need, smaller items like flashlights and small tools, something that we need that we use quite often,” Fire Chief Gary Retterath said. “Just so we can keep up with the equipment, make sure we have the equipment we need.”

During the smoker, the VCFD does raffles and sells bacon, ham, groceries and guns.

City Hosts Dairy Cow College

February 1, 2013

“What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beats also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth also befalls the sons of the earth.”

The words were written by a North American Indian and posted on the gate of a large beef ranch. Dr. Gerald Stokka, veterinarian and North Dakota State University Extension livestock stewardship expert, used it as an example of why dairy farmers need to practice good stewardship during the regional Dairy Cow College.

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