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October 16th, 2013
The Valley City Volunteer Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women. Currently, the fire department is looking to hire new firefighters who are willing to make a commitment to their community.
"We are asking you to help us so we can help others," said VCFD Chief Gary Retterath in a press release.
Applicants must be able to pass a drug screen, a physical examination and an agility test. The fire department will provide training. "You have to be able to lift, carry, pull and drag, said Retterath Tuesday.
Top law enforcement officers from from Valley City and Barnes County have a common goal, they both want a Computer Aided Dispatch system, and they hope it happens sooner rather than later.
The Thundering Saints have donated $10,000 to Hospice of the Red River Valley, generated from proceeds of the fifth annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Ride held in Valley City on July 27.
The donation will be used to provide compassionate end-of-life care to those in Valley City and surrounding communities.
Gabel said Friday the donation is up about $3,000 from 2012, and about the same amount as was contributed three years ago.
â€śOur goal is to increase the amount every year,â€ť Gabel said.
School leaders and representatives of local nonprofit groups heard a presentation about an early literacy program from North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple Monday morning.
Dalrymple told the audience that met in the Washington Elementary School library that morning about a program called Dolly Parton Imagination Library that gives free books to children from birth to age 5 in an effort to get them reading before they start school.
Children, animals, plants and more help residents at the Sheyenne Care Center feel more at-home, more relaxed and less stressed thanks to a program called KAPPS.
KAPPS, which stands for Kids, Aromatherapy, Pets, Plants and Sound, was started at the center in 2000 and has been helping residents since.
Barnes County has agreed to pay about $1,024 to buy six new batteries and pads for defibrillators carried by Barnes County deputies.
Friday Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin said he and all Barnes County deputies are trained as first responders and know how to use the medical devices carried in each squad car.
â€śIt is a county standard, not a state standard,â€ť McClaflin said.
Read more in Monday's Times-Record.
A public impasse hearing, to discuss differences dividing the Valley City Public Schools School Board and the Valley City Education Association, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Elementary School gymnasium.
After failed negotiations between the school board and the VCEA, a state mediator was called to assist in the dispute. The school board declared an impasse in the mediation process in September after the VCEA mad it known they were unwilling to continue.
Special to the Times-Record
In a Friday release, the Barnes County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported that Terry Lee Cornell II, 39, of Sanborn was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, a Class C felony.
According to the release, authorities responded to a disturbance call at the Sandoon Saloon in Sanborn. Terry Lee Cornell is alleged to have thrown an ax through the front window of the bar; after an altercation in the bar that had occurred. After repeated attempts from deputies to have Cornell exit his residence, Cornell refused.
Seasonal street work in Valley City is wrapping up, with completion for a major project planned for next week.
The street portion Ninth Avenue Northwest project should be finished late next week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony tentatively scheduled for Oct. 23, according to Chad Peterson of KLJ. While lighting has already been installed and actual street work should be finished Friday, work is still needed on the shared use path and sidewalk along Ninth Avenue Northwest.
The Ninth Avenue Northwest project cost about $4.2 million over a two-year period, said Peterson.
The owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $3.60 more per year in property taxes under a Barnes County mill levy budget passed Thursday.
Owners of agricultural and commercial property valued at $100,000 will pay approximately $4 more per year in property taxes under the mill levy budget passed by commissioners.
More in Friday's issue of the Times-Record.