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November 1st, 2012
Valley City City Attorney Russell Myhre will honor federal court Judge Daniel Hovlandâ€™s Wednesdayâ€™s ruling that the state is not allowed to enforce its law banning Election Day campaigning.
Wednesday Myhre said he had been expecting such a ruling invalidating North Dakotaâ€™s 100-year-old law.
â€śIt follows a national trend in favor of free speech. It (Hovlandâ€™s ruling) was not a surprise,â€ť Myhre said.
Several area post offices could have their window hours cut, according the the U.S. Postal Service. In a budget-cutting move, the Postal Service could reduce window hours at 13,000 rural post offices nationwide, 222 of 325 post offices in North Dakota. In September, the Postal Service began the process by sending notices and surveys to affected residents.
Itâ€™s evident by the variety of plush dogs surrounding the windows of the building and the paw prints that speckle the pink walls and floor that Jackie Borgâ€™s business is a spa designed exclusively for pets.
In fact, even the music and television caters to pets.
Borg, a Valley City native, celebrated an open house for the reopening of her professional dog grooming business, now under a new name, Wednesday.
Visitors were greeted at Jackieâ€™s Pet Spa, located at 235 3rd Street Northeast in Valley City, with bone-shaped cookies and punch and coffee.
The Barnes County Health Departmentâ€™s Healthy Communities Coalition recently received $65,000 from the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) to develop a volunteer citizen DUI reporting program.
â€śYouâ€™ve heard of Neighborhood Watch? Well, this would be like Neighbor Road watch,â€ť said Kasey Skalicky, Barnes County Health Department Traffic Safety Coordinator.
She hopes the program will stop a lot of crashes and deaths.
According to NDDOT, alcohol slows down reactions, impairs vision, interferes with concentration, dulls judgment and creates a false sense of confidence.
Almost two weeks have passed since the Shopko Hometown storeâ€™s grand opening in Valley City, and general manager Scott Schmitz said the customers are really liking the changes.
â€śWeâ€™ve had a lot of compliments,â€ť he said.
Schmitz said the apparel side of the business has gone over very well. Customers are liking the better variety and better quality of the shoe and apparel selection.
Schmitz said his employees are loving the changes, too.
â€śThey have adapted well,â€ť he said.
Bonnie Jo Hanson/Times-Record
A pumpkin carving contest was held for students at Valley City State University to celebrate Halloween. This pumpkin, carved by Eric Schauer, was the second place winner. The first place award went to Troy Neimer, third place went to Lyndsey Swanson.
Valley City State University students are working with the Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals of Valley City to help provide homes for adoptable animals.
Jamie Wirth, coordinator of the Learning to Live program at VCSU, said Tuesday the service learning project is one of 16 projects taking place this year during freshmen studentsâ€™ first 14 weeks on campus.
VCSU requires all new students to participate in Learning to Live projects that include volunteering in the community.
FARGO â€” As the clock neared 7 p.m. Monday, there was a lingering excitement at the Fargo Civic Center.
An hour before a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp was set to start, a line snaked its way around the building. Inside, supporters held signs, cheering at the sight of Heitkamp mingling amongst the crowd.
It was excitement that reached its peak just after 8 p.m., when former president Bill Clinton took the stage, drawing the crowd into a frenzy as he gave a 40-minute long speech offering his endorsement of Heitkamp.
Six North Dakota pharmacies or clinics have received products from the New England Compounding Company, which has produced medications associated with a meningitis outbreak in the United States.
Kirby Kruger, director of the division of disease control for the North Dakota Department of Health, said the department has notified these facilities to inform them of new updated Food and Drug Administration recommendations.
Although all products from NECC have been recalled, not all of the NECC products sent to North Dakota facilities are subject to the new FDA guidance.
North Dakota is one of only two states in the entire nation that is rated a zone one for radon risk, according to Marcie Bata, director of environmental health at Central Valley Health District. In conjunction with Home Indoor Air Quality Month, state and local health officials are urging North Dakota residents to test their homes for radon and to fix any radon problems that are discovered.
â€śEach year, (radon) is estimated to cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States,â€ť Bata said, adding that in can happen 5 to 25 years after exposure.