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September 27th, 2012

Bird Causes Power Outage

September 27, 2012

A wayward bird ended up interrupting power to downtown Valley City Wednesday morning, said Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph.
“We got the culprit in the office – a tweety bird,” Schelkoph said.

Businesses that lost power included the Times-Record and Dutton’s Valley Gallery of Photography.

Valley City electrical Superintendent Stan Hanson said Wednesday the the loss of power started with a circuit breaker outside the Ace Hardware store. “Somehow the bird got into the transformer and started an arc.”

September 26th

Students Harvest Squash For Needy

September 26, 2012

The Dan Faust farmstead off airport road was packed with first-year Valley City State University students Tuesday morning as the young people harvested thousands of pounds of squash to be given to the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo.

An estimated 190 VCSU students, mentors and crew chiefs participated Tuesday, coming to the site by bus.

Arriving at the field about 9 a.m., the young men and women worked hard before breaking for a wiener roast at about 10:30 a.m.

Animal Groups Split on Measure 5

September 26, 2012

The debate over Measure 5 is gathering steam across the state, and while supporters and detractors agree stiffer penalties are needed in cases of animal cruelty, they cannot agree on the wording of the proposed law.

Karen Thunshelle, of the North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty (NDSAC) is the campaign manager for Measure 5. She said passing the initiative should be a “no-brainer” to anyone who reads the legislation.

Bloom ‘N’ Crafts Owner Retiring

September 26, 2012

Kathy Jacobson, owner of Bloom ‘N’ Crafts, and Debbie White, owner of Dakota Rose Floral, both of Valley City, started working in the floral industry together in the 1970s for Carol Jacobson at CJ Floral. Since that time, both women have independently run successful floral businesses, and now, they meet again, only, this time, White is buying Jacobson’s business.

White has bought all of Jacobson’s inventory, including her crafts, and will operate the business at the Dakota Rose location starting Oct. 1.
“It’s like we kind of came full circle,” Jacobson said.

September 25th

Truck Violations Up in 2012

September 25, 2012

More overload fees have been handed down to truck owners and operators by the North Dakota Highway Patrol so far in 2012 than in all of 2011.
The NDHP said as of Sept. 18, troopers have cited 1,295 overload violations, which amounts to $2.1 million overload fees alone, compared to $1.9 million in 2011. The agency has also found a number of safety violations as well.

Excessively heavy vehicles that exceed the state limits cause damage to roadway surfaces, which in turn causes potential hazards for motorists.

Faith in Action Picks Up Coats for Kids

September 25, 2012

After hearing the news that after 25 years there would no longer be Coats for Kids Project in the Red River Valley, Faith in Action’s advisory board knew they needed to keep this project going locally.

“Through the partnership with Essentia Health Clinic and local physician and businessman Paul Diegel, we are assured it will happen,” said Faith In Action director Vicki Grafing in a release.

Wildfire Risk Up Across the Nation

September 25, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association issued a nation-wide warning late last week about an amplified risk of wildfires. The NFPA said after some of the hottest and driest weather on record, this year’s wildfires are larger than in past years, and homeowners in communities throughout the nation are urged to take action to reduce the risk of home and property loss.

‘Mammoth Cabbage’

September 25, 2012

Heidi Harris/Times-Record
Bill Cruff of Rogers grew a 31 pound head of cabbage over the growing season. He planted the cabbage he got from Bettin’s in March, and in September, he found the biggest head of cabbage he’s ever grown—what he calls a “mammoth cabbage—in his garden.
Cruff said he plans to give the cabbage to the food pantry, but not before bringing it to the Sheyenne Care Center to show the residents. He plans to wheel it around in a wheelchair.

Really Big Bear

September 25, 2012

Special to the Times-Record
Clay Elliot of Sanborn shot this 6-1/2 foot arctic grizzly on the first day of a 10-day hunt Aug. 31 on the south slope of the Brooks Range in Alaska, about 260 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

September 24th

County Waits On Buyout Demolition

September 24, 2012

Time is ticking for the demolition of the three remaining Barnes County properties bought out by FEMA following the 2009 flood.

The county commission met Friday morning to approve an agreement giving the contractor hired for the demolition an extra two weeks to tear down three houses. Plecity’s Excavating, LLC, of Valley City, has until Oct. 15 to demolish the properties. The county’s deadline with FEMA to have the work completed is Nov. 1.

“We just don’t have any wiggle room,” said Commissioner Rodger Berntson.

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