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September 16th, 2013

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.

September 12th

The Deal on Drugs: Meth

September 12, 2013

Editor's Note: The recent arrests of two Valley City residents for possessing a sellable amount of methampethamine brought attention to the prevalence of drug use in the area. For the next couple of weeks, reporter Bonnie Jo Hanson will examine drug use in and around Valley City and its effects on the community. The first two articles detail the two most common abused drugs locally, methamphetamine and marijuana. In future articles, Hanson will explore what it's like to be an addict, the financial and personal costs of using illegal drugs, and what might done to slow the epidemic.

NDSU's North Dakota Rural Leaders Chosen

September 12, 2013

Barnes County native Stacey Lilja of Leonard was one of the members of the North Dakota State University Extension Service's sixth Rural Leadership North Dakota class.
"I'm extremely honored to be chosen,” Lilja said Wednesday.
More in Thursday's issue of the Times-Record.

T-R Carrier Receives Customer Service Award

September 12, 2013

A Times-Record newspaper carrier received an award for her customer service Wednesday morning. Diana Gehlhoff, an Open Door Center resident, has been delivering the newspaper for about a year-and-a-half and has received many compliments, she said.
One person was impressed enough to nominate Gehlhoff for the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce monthly community service award.
Chamber ambassadors and other community members presented the award to Gehlhoff Wednesday morning in an ODC building.
Read more in Wednesday's Times-Record.

Police Seek Park Fountain Vandals

September 12, 2013

A culprit or culprits in the May vandalism of the decorative water fountain in City Park has still not be found four months after the incident took place.
Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson said Wednesday, "The culprits have not been located, and the investigation is continuing."
More in Thursday's issue of the Times-Record.

September 11th

Valley City State University ranked No. 2 in Category

September 11, 2013

Valley City State University earned the No. 2 spot among Top Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest in the 2014 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges, said Greg Vanney, VCSU director of marketing and communications.
Tuesday Vanney said, this marks the fifth straight year that VCSU has been ranked either first or second in its category, the fifth consecutive year that VCSU has been North Dakota’s highest-rated Public Regional College, and the 16th year in a row that VCSU has been recognized by U.S. Newsas a “Best College.”
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.

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