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February 26th, 2013
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said the cityâ€™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 Powerâ€™s automated metering infrastructure system Feb. 19 during its regular meeting, but no decision has been made.
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 â€“the highest on record â€“ 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.
â€śJamestown usually isnâ€™t among the highest,â€ť said La Doucer. The reason Jamestown prices are higher than Valley City â€śprobably has to do with its market.â€ť
The Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals has donated a HomeAgain microchip scanner to the Valley City Police Department and the Barnes County Sheriffâ€™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 â€śIt will definitely help the owners (of stray pets), and we wonâ€™t have to take them (stray animals) to the poundâ€ť if owners are easily located and they can pick up their strays at the the sheriffâ€™s department.
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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.
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.
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 â€śPink Flamingo,â€ť is â€śprobably one of the most architecturally significant homes left in town.â€ť
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.
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. Iâ€™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.
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.
Country music musician Jerrod Niemann is excited about coming to Valley City.
Niemann, whose latest album, â€śFree The Music,â€ť was released in October, is scheduled to appear at the North Dakota Winter Show Friday, March 8.
His performance will be part of Party in the Dirt, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The opening act will be Gwen Sebastian of North Dakota.
Interviewed Wednesday via cell phone from an appearance in Alabama, Niemann said â€śIn North Dakota everyone is so nice.â€ť
Cooper Power informed the Valley City City Commission on an advanced metering infrastructure system Tuesday during its regular meeting.
AMI, which City Administrator David Schelkoph said would save the city a considerable amount of money, uses smartgrid technology to provide smarter and more efficient utilities to residents.
The technology is all tied into a load control system, Schelkoph said.