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October 4th, 2013

Barnes County Jail Overcrowded

October 4, 2013

Barnes County States Attorney Lee Grossman is trying to come up with a solution to an overcrowded Barnes County jail.
Thursday he said, “the jail houses 30 to 32, and many of the inmates can't make bail. Less than 10 are serving sentences, and the rest are are (awaiting) court hearings because they can't meet bail, and a couple are awaiting extradition to other states.”
More in Friday's issue of the Times-Record.

October 3rd

Bond Set at $1 Million for Murder Suspect

October 3, 2013

Cedric Chappell, a Valley City State University student accused of killing one man and injuring another in Minneapolis last weekend, did not waive extradition to Minnesota Wednesday, but instead asked for an extradition hearing.
Judge Jay Schmitz set Chappell's bond at $1 million at the request of Barnes County State's Attorney Lee Grossman at the recommendation of the State of Minnesota. Grossman explained to the court that not only did he consider Chappell a danger to the community, but Chappell may also be in danger from those who may seek retribution.

Local Student Earns Large ROTC Scholarship

October 3, 2013

Former Litchville man and University of North Dakota student Sean Opdahl received a $27,500 Army ROTC scholarship.
Opdahl, a junior at UND, said he received the scholarship after committing to stay in the National Guard.
His major is secondary social studies education, and he is involved with a campus and military ministry.
Read more in Thursday's Times-Record.

The Vault Coffee Shop and Bakery Grand Opening Set for Tomorrow

October 3, 2013

The Vault coffee shop and bakery opens its doors Friday at 11:30 a.m. After the ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m there will be free samples of baked goods. On opening day The Vault will be serving sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, mini cupcakes, pizza rolls, pumpkin truffles and rock candy.

The Vault is owned and operated by Kimberly “Kyly” Brekke and is the result of four years of restoration by her husband, David Brekke. The Vault is on the main floor of The Stavanger Building, which was originally built as The Bank of Valley City in 1919.

VC-BC Library Broken Into

October 3, 2013

Someone broke into the Valley City-Barnes County Public Library late Saturday or early Sunday and took a minimal amount of cash from a drawer, said Library Director Steve Hammel.
Hammel said “somebody jimmied the back door lock and came in. There was no damage and a little cash was stolen from a drawer. It was a very inexpensive wakeup call.”
Hammel said he has fixed the back door to the library “and put in deadbolts.”
No library equipment or books were stolen or damaged. The library has little cash on hand – primarily the small amount of money collected from fines, Hammel said.

BC Nixes Campground For Second Time

October 3, 2013

Karen Anderson and Scott Cole may never be allowed to construct a campgrounds in Getchell Township near Lake Ashtabula.
The couple appeared before Barnes County Commissioners a second time Monday, armed with signatures of 16 township residents who were willing to go on record not opposing the proposed 20-spot campgrounds.
More in Thursday's issue of the Times-Record.

October 2nd

UPDATE: VCSU Student Arrested on Murder Charges

October 2, 2013

A Valley City State University student was arrested there Tuesday on charges of second degree murder and attempted murder following a shooting at a Minneapolis, Minn. nightclub.
Cedric Chappell, Jr., 21, formerly of Minneapolis, was charged Tuesday with fatally shooting Willie Smith, III, 22, of St. Paul, Minn., and injuring an unidentified man outside a Minneapolis bar in the early hours of Sunday, according to Hennepin County, Minn. Attorney Michael O. Freeman.

Fire Destroys Shed Near Valley City

October 2, 2013

Fire destroyed a shed east of Valley City Tuesday. While firefighters from the Barnes County Rural Fire Department were able to contain the fire before it spread to an adjacent house, several beehives and barrels of honey along with honeying equipment, a camper and other vehicles were lost in the blaze.

Lawsuit Against Valley City Dismissed

October 2, 2013

A $25,000 lawsuit against the City of Valley City has been dismissed.
The lawsuit, filed in small claims court by Nathan Preston and Jeanine Russell earlier this summer, was dismissed by Judge Jay Schmitz on Sept. 1, on the grounds that it was an inappropriate forum for a constitutional issue and that it exceeded the monetary limits of small claims court, which is set at $15,000.

VCSU to Hold Ribbon-Cutting for Rhoades Science Center on Friday

October 2, 2013

Valley City State University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the renovated and expanded L.D. Rhoades Science Center on the VCSU campus on Friday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include remarks by Drew Wrigley, North Dakota lieutenant governor; Steven W. Shirley, VCSU president; Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of public instruction and VCSU alumna; and Ray Holmberg, North Dakota District 17 state senator and chair of the appropriations committee.

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