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January 22nd, 2013

Education News: Spelling Bee, Math Counts and College Honors

January 22, 2013

Students Compete in Spelling Bee
Special to the Times-Record
Five junior high students qualified in the semi-final round to participate in the 2013 school spelling bee finals held at VCJHS on Wednesday, January 16.  Left to right:  Haley Jensen, Kristina Haugtvedt, Annie Fitzell, Abby Lemnus, and Wanita Warcken.  7th Grader Abby Lemnus (second to right) was the runner-up, and Wanita Warcken (far right) was the school champion. Wanita will advance to the county spelling bee at VCSU on February 4th.

Area Students to Compete in MATHCOUNTS
Special to the Times-Record

VC Hosts Legislative Forum

January 22, 2013

Gun rights, school security, and agricultural property taxes were but some of the hot topics discussed Saturday at a legislator’s forum at Valley City High School.

January 21st

Feir and Wit: Entering the Age of Wedding Bells

January 21, 2013

I have entered the age of wedding bells and save-the-dates. I’m not exaggerating when I say a new engagement comes to my attention almost daily.

I think the main reason this stuns me is because of the recently outdated trend of the majority of the population waiting until they’re nearly 30 to get hitched. That’s not old, by any means, but it’s years later in life than when most couples started their lives together in previous generations.

The Legacy Place Continues Growth

January 21, 2013

The Legacy Place, an assisted living facility in Valley City, has hired two part-time nurses as an effort to increase their nursing staff, business manager Cami Hendrickson said.

To accommodate for growth and better serve its residents, The Legacy Place, owned by Paul and Tanya Diegel, has reorganized staff internally and is seeking new staff.

Wendi Johnston, licensed practical nurse, is a recent graduate from Bismarck State College who had previously worked at the Anne Carlson Center in Jamestown.

Special Olympics Opening Ceremony

January 21, 2013

Bonnie Jo Hanson/Times-Record
More than 150 athletes from around the state converged on Valley City for the Special Olympics Winter Games on Friday and Saturday. Athletes were led into the Valley City Auditorium for the opening ceremony Friday by local law enforcement and firefighters. Look for more on the Special Olympics Tuesday in the Times-Record.

SPECIAL NOTE: Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page for additional coverage of the Special Olympics and participants!

Folk Singer Visits Jefferson

January 21, 2013

The library at Jefferson Elementary School was packed with excited kindergartners and first-graders as they waited for folk singer-songwriter Dennis Warner to start his first song.

“Inch by inch, row. Gonna make this garden grow.” he sang as the children chimed in.

January 18th

Blonde on the Prairie: A Night in the Life of a Redneck Diabetic

January 18, 2013

I’m not a Catholic nor am I a criminal. Yet here I stand in an invisible confessional bearing my soul. In this life I wish to teach as much as I learn. I learned, for instance, sometime during the flood of 2009 never to set my keys on the shelf in a porta-pottie because it’s really not a shelf at all. If you look closely at the shelves in porta-potties they have a single hole in them. I learned it is not a shelf but rather a urinal. The hole has a purpose. The keys have since been washed. Trust me. I confessed that to you because I appreciate humor.

County Explores Cost of 9-1-1 Equipment

January 18, 2013

Barnes County officials held an informative meeting with representatives from Stutsman and Richland Counties and Independent Emergency Services, a provider of 9-1-1 networks and equipment, on Wednesday to discuss options and costs for replacing the county’s aged 9-1-1 equipment.

Audi Assessment Lower Than Hoped

January 18, 2013

The assessment on the City Auditorium came back lower than city officials had hoped, putting plans on hold for selling the building, City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday.

Vanguard assessed the building at $178,500, an amount that will delay plans for the city to sell the Audi.

The Valley City City Commission decided in September to sell the Audi to an interested buyer who met the criteria. City commissioners approved one of two plans presented to them in November. Berkel Properties had presented the city with a plan to repurpose the Audi and make it apartment buildings.

New Home for Dakota Rose

January 18, 2013

Heidi Harris/Times-Record

Dakota Rose Floral will open in their new location at 1125 West Main Street Monday, employee Kathy Jacobson said.

The new location is a bigger facility with more parking space that will allow the business to accommodate their recent staff expansion and consolidation with another flower show.

“We’re busing at the seams at this smaller place,” Jacobson said.
In September Deb White, owner of Dakota Rose Floral, bought all inventory from Bloom N Crafts Floral, owned by Kathy Jacobson.

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