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December 18th

First Responders Attend Training

December 18, 2012

Area first responders recently completed Incident Command Training in an effort to assure an adequate, organized response to emergencies — large and small.

The multi-departmental training, instructed by Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson, who is a federally certified incident command center trainer, addressed the organizational system mandated by the U.S. government in responding to any major disaster like a flood, a terrorist attack, or a chemical spill.

December 17th

USDA Eases School Lunch Rules

December 17, 2012

School lunches have changed again, but not drastically. Under pressure from several mid-west senators, including Senator John Hoeven (R. N.D.), last week the USDA relaxed some of the strict school lunch guidelines that were put into place last summer.
The biggest change, according to Litchville-Marion Superintendent Steve Larson, is that there will no longer be a charge for seconds. A plus for students on free or reduced meals who had to pay for seconds. Sheri Rode, head cook at L-M Elementary expects more changes.

VCSU Community School of the Arts Seeks Spring Registrations

December 17, 2012

The Valley City State University Community School of the Arts is entering its new year with a new director, Amy Tahran.
Shari Larson, whose last day as director of the community school of the arts was Friday, said Tahran will take over the position in time for when spring semester classes begin Jan. 14.
Larson said VCSU has been doing the community school since 1994, and it is open to anyone in the Valley City area interested in taking classes in the fine arts, including adults, elementary school students, high school students and college students.

New Assessor for Valley City

December 17, 2012

The City of Valley City has a new assessor as of Nov. 13. Sandy Hansen replaces Nick Lee, who worked for the city for three-and-a-half years.
Hansen previously worked for the Barnes County Tax Equilization Office and Valley City Times-Record.
She said she's had a busy first few weeks in her new job.
"Valley City's housing market is growing pretty fast, and I'm just trying to keep up," she said.
Hansen said she's currently working on doing another mass appraisal throughout Valley City, a project that Lee had started.

Barnes County school administrators react to Friday school shootings

December 17, 2012

School Board President Mike Callahan said Friday the school district has safeguards in place to protect students, staff and teachers from tragedies such as Friday's fatal school shooting in Connecticut.
A man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms at a Connecticut elementary school killing 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in corners and closets and trembled helplessly to the sound of gunfire reverberating through the building.

December 14th

Events Calendar: Dec. 14-21, 2012

December 14, 2012

Friday, December 14
Full Nelson Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Valley City American Legion Club rooms. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event supports Legion Baseball.
The Valley City Church of the Nazarene is depicting the Christmas story through a “Journey Through Christmas” drive through Riverview and Hanna Avenue from 7-9 p.m. The Christmas night play is provided by the families of the church. All are welcome.

Saturday, December 15

ON THE MOVE Improves In 2013

December 14, 2012

The 2013 edition of ON THE MOVE will begin Jan. 1, and staff say it will be bigger and better than ever before.

There will be a host of classes and try it sessions with new types of exercise. Paid members will be able to attend Curves, the Fitness Center and Snap Fitness totally free.

ON THE MOVE is designed to offer tips, support and incentives to help Barnes County residents set a physical activity goal and meet it.

Blonde On The Prairie: The Blonde’s Favorite Things

December 14, 2012

I know I’m not Oprah. I’m just me. A humble mis-fit of a gal just trying to get by the best she can with what she has. This week, out of the blue I was forced into a situation that had me either wanting to jump (not for joy but off a cliff.) I felt like I had been stung by a billion bees when the news hit. I felt like my insides were being bitten by a pack of angry dogs. “That doesn’t sound like you Jodi Rae,” you’re saying to yourself. No. It doesn’t sound like me and that’s why I had but two options.

‘We Care’ Tree Still Has Open Tags

December 14, 2012

Barnes County Social Services is still looking for volunteers to fill tags on the “We Care” Christmas tree that is set up at Shopko.

Katie Pommerer, human service aide for Barnes County Social Services, told the Times-Record that the tree is an annual campaign done by Social Services during the holiday season that contains gift wish lists of needy children the community, and the community can fulfill those wish tags.”

Michelle Deitz, human service aide, said there are still plenty of open tags and distribution of gifts is next Wednesday.

December 13th

First Graders Ring Bells

December 13, 2012

Special to the Times-Record

First graders at Jefferson Elementary School rang the bells last week collecting money for the Salvation Army. They collected $308.15. Pictured with Dave Carlsrud and Joe Lunde are in the back left to right: Braedon Beyer, Peyton Olson, Abby Redfearn, Evelyn Lloyd, Miah Reinke, Breck Sufficool and Matthew Lahlum. In the front left to right: Drew Potratz, Kolby Ross, Adon Berntson, Ryanne Thornton and Parker Jacobson. Jacob Leick is not pictured.

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