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February 26th, 2013

Washington Principal Credits Others for Award

February 26, 2013

Washington Elementary School Principal Wayne Denault was named regional Principal of the Year by the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals.

More than just an administrator at Washington, Denault wears a lot of hats. He is the Title I coordinator for the Valley City Public School district and the AdvancED school improvement coordinator for the district.

Utility Work on I-94 Begins Wednesday

February 26, 2013

Special to the Times-Record

Utility work will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27 at approximately 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on eastbound and westbound Interstate 94 near milepost 287, five miles west of Valley City. 

During utility work, eastbound and westbound I-94 will be reduced to one lane traffic; speeds will be reduced; and motorists should expect minimal delays. 

The traveling public should use caution when driving through the work zone. The North Dakota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down for their safety and the safety of the highway workers.

Smart Utility System Provides Future Options

February 26, 2013

Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said the city’s main reason for considering installing smartgrid technology is for load control but the advanced technology has the ability to offer much more.

The Valley City City Commission learned more about Cooper Power’s automated metering infrastructure system Feb. 19 during its regular meeting, but no decision has been made.

February 25th

Gas Prices Hit Historic High

February 25, 2013

Gas prices in Valley City have gone up nearly 66 cents over the past month, but area gas prices are still among the lowest in North Dakota.

With an average gas price of $3.69 in Valley City, the average gas price in North Dakota, as of Friday, was $3.76 per-gallon –the highest on record – with the highest price in the state in Jamestown at an average of $3.82 per-gallon, according to Gene LaDoucer, AAA spokesperson in Fargo.

“Jamestown usually isn’t among the highest,” said La Doucer. The reason Jamestown prices are higher than Valley City “probably has to do with its market.”

SVFA Donates Scanner to Law Enforcement

February 25, 2013

The Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals has donated a HomeAgain microchip scanner to the Valley City Police Department and the Barnes County Sheriff’s Department. This will assist the two departments when called on animals that are found to see if the animal has been microchipped, hopefully reuniting them with their ownears quickly.

Sheriff Randy said Friday “It will definitely help the owners (of stray pets), and we won’t have to take them (stray animals) to the pound” if owners are easily located and they can pick up their strays at the the sheriff’s department.

Washington School Starts Book Battle

February 25, 2013

Special to the Times-Record

A new program has been started at Washington Elementary this year. It is called Battle of the Books, which goes along with February being reading month. The goals of the program are to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence.

February 22nd

Class Aims to Teach Healthful Cooking

February 22, 2013

Healthy food; fast, easy and cheap is the theme to the second annual Barnes County On the Move cooking class to be held Tuesday and Wednesday.

The classes, which will be held in the FACS room at Valley City High School, will be geared toward parent-child teams of two and will feature healthy, inexpensive recipes that are also child-friendly, according to Licensed Registered Dietician Andrea Winter of On The Move.

BCHS Wants to Save Historical House

February 22, 2013

Wes Anderson, curator of the Barnes County Historical Society Museum, would like to see an old house at 404 Fifth Ave. SW in Valley City saved.
Anderson said the two-story duplex built in 1900, and sometimes called the “Pink Flamingo,” is “probably one of the most architecturally significant homes left in town.”

David Schelkoph, Valley City City administrator, said Thursday Valley City obtained the home as one of its buyouts for permanent flood protection. If it is not purchased and moved by the end of March it will likely be demolished.

Blonde on the Prairie: Discerning When Not to Be Thrifty

February 22, 2013

I was in Walgreens on 13th Ave. in Fargo. I like to shop local when I can but I had an eye emergency. I needed solution for my contacts. We were in Fargo to see a movie and I got a piece of hair stuck to my contact. The fur from my collar was shedding apparently. I’m a responsible and reliable thinker-aheader. I carry pert-near everything I could possibly need with me in an extra bag in our vehicle. I learned that when I first became the Blonde on the Prairie.

February 21st

County Workers Win With Wellness Program

February 21, 2013

The Barnes County Office of the North Dakota State University Extension Service offers more than agricultural programs; it also offers a variety of programs for the community along with a wellness program for Barnes County employees.

Ellen Bjelland, Barnes County Extension Agent, in conjunction with City County Health, is coordinating a program to help county employees be healthier and save the county money.

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