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February 8th, 2013

Events Calendar: Feb. 9-March 20, 2013

February 8, 2013

Saturday, February 9
Bluegrass jam is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum. The acoustic jam is free and open to the public and beginning musicians are welcome. For more information call John Andrus at 701-762-4891.

Tuesday, February 12

Hatchery Hopes To Become Local Travel Hotspot

February 8, 2013

Under the leadership of Project Leader Kurt Eversman, Valley City’s National Fish Hatchery on River Road is working to become a destination along the Sheyenne River.

Activities already going strong on the fish hatchery grounds include bird watching, a fishing pond signed for people 16 or under, but “anybody can come and fish,” and gravel roads throughout the property.
Said Eversman, “quite a few people walk the perimeters of roads”looking for wildlife, fish, and the river.

Celebrating a Century: Relatives Join VC’s Hochhalter For 100th Birthday

February 8, 2013

Surrounded by friends and relatives from throughout North Dakota, Ted Hochhalter celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday at Legacy Place.
Born Feb. 7, 1913 on a farm south of New Leipzig, Hochhalter farmed all of his life, said his son, Harvey Hochhalter.

Ted’s mind is sharp as a tack, but said it is hard for him to hear.
Harvey said his father spent a short time working with apples in Yakima, Wash., then returned to farm in North Dakota.

City Alleges: County Hacked Us: Barnes County Officials Accused of Illegally Accessing Recorded Call

February 8, 2013

Valley City police, the city attorney and the city administrator are investigating the alleged illegal access, by a Barnes County employee, of a phone call made to the Valley City Police Department.

The phone call, which resulted in disciplinary action for a Valley City 9-1-1 dispatcher, was made to the police department phone line by a woman reporting an injured deer. The call was not made to 9-1-1.

February 7th

BREAKING: City Alleges Illegal Activity by County

February 7, 2013

Valley City police, the city attorney and the city administrator are investigating the alleged illegal access, by a Barnes County official, of a phone call made to the Valley City Police Department.

Mama Rowh’s Recipe: Sweet Treats for Valentines Day

February 7, 2013

Alright gentlemen, Valentines Day is just around the corner. And I’m sure many of you have already got a gift for that special someone. But if you haven’t, an are planing on getting her something sweet. Instead of buying it why don’t you make some yourself? Now don’t start rolling your eyes and thinking that I must be nuts for even mentioning this. But there are some really easy recipes that anyone could whip up for their sweetheart. Besides, what girl wouldn’t love to get homemade sweets from her guy this Valentines Day?

Postal Service to Stop Saturday Delivery

February 7, 2013

The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday plans to transition to a new delivery schedule that will end regular mail delivery Saturdays on street and rural routes.

“Right now, the new change at this time is scheduled to start the week of Aug. 5,” Valley City Postmaster Sherry Johnson said, adding that the schedule is still tentative to change.

“That being said, mail will continue to be delivered to post office box customers just as is, so if you have a P.O. box, you won’t notice a change,” Johnson said.

Optometrist Going High Tech

February 7, 2013

Valley City’s Looysen I Care is going state of the art with new equipment for helping diagnose eye problems, said Dr. Steve Looysen, owner of the business on West Main Street.

“I have new technology that’s pretty exciting,” Looysen said Wednesday.
New technology that recently arrived at the operation include a tonometer, a digital camera for taking photographs of the rear of the eye, and a device called an OCT, or Optical Convergence Tomography.

February 6th

Mercy Hospital Gaining, Losing Under ER Plan

February 6, 2013

Valley City’s Mercy Hospital is losing all its physicians assistants at the same time it has reached an arrangement so that a physician will be in the building at all times to ensure full care in the Emergency Room, said Keith Heuser, hospital administrator, Tuesday.

BC Commissioners’ Conduct Questioned

February 6, 2013

The Barnes County Commissioners discussed a complaint about a 9-1-1 call and its handling by some members of the commission during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Commissioner Eldred Knutson received a copy of an e-mail complaint regarding a 9-1-1 dispatcher’s professionalism. According to Knutson, he heard a tape of the call and an internal investigation had already been done by Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson, who supervises the 9-1-1 dispatch center. Thompson handled the issue in-house according to Knutson.

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