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August 30th, 2012

HIV, Hep-C Tests for Jail

August 30, 2012

The Barnes County Corrections Center in Valley City is in the beginning stages of procuring the means for rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing of inmates brought to the facility.

“It’s a decision made by the state, not by us,” said Valley City-Barnes County Health District Director Theresa Will on Wednesday.

Will said that the jail currently takes swabs to test for HIV but does not get results for about five or six days, and that those tests are being phased out. So far jail staff has not been trained in using the rapid tests.

Conference to Feature Food from D.C. Restaurant

August 30, 2012

JAMESTOWN—Women who attend a leadership development conference in September will have a rare opportunity to taste food from the Washington, D.C.-based Founding Farmers restaurant.

The first annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference kicks off in Jamestown on Sept. 21-22. The conference is one of a variety of educational programs hosted by the Farmers Union for its members.

Carla Edinger, member operations coordinator for North Dakota Farmers Union, said in recent years the Farmers Union has really developed its women development programs.

Heitkamp Says Senate Race Close

August 30, 2012

Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Kent Conrad, said Wednesday she believes her race against Republican candidate U.S. Rep. Rick Berg is a tie.

Heitkamp met with the Valley City Times-Record editorial board Wednesday morning.

“I pretty much tell people this is a tied race at this point – Our (D-NPL) internal polls show us slightly ahead, but it’s within the margin of error,” Heitkamp said.

August 29th

‘The Smile in The Sky’ Coming to Valley City

August 29, 2012

Duggy, “The Smile in The Sky” is coming to the Barnes County Municipal Airport Thursday, Sept. 6, and kids of all ages are invited.

The World War II-era DC-3 aircraft will be in Valley City as part of the happenings leading up to the Sept. 8 to 9 Wings and Wheels Air Show at the airport, said Toby McPherson, co-chair of the event with Lori Jury.

McPherson said Tuesday, “It’s a kids dream your dream program – it’s a smile in the sky.”

McPherson said the plane was built in 1943 as a World War II military transport aircraft.

Stampede to Draw Large Crowds

August 29, 2012

The biggest Labor Day weekend party in Barnes County, the annual Dazey Sodbusters Stampede and Bull-O-Rama, will take place Sunday at the Sibley Crossing on Lake Ashtabula.

This will be the 67th year for the event which has grown steadily to attract 3,000 people in recent years. Each year a Dazey Sodbusters Club member is selected to be honored as “Sodbuster of the Year.” This year’s honoree is Dale Kunze.

Kunze, 70, said he has been involved with the Sodbusters organization for more than 50 years.

Officials Assess Community Health

August 29, 2012

About two dozen city and county officials and health care workers met at the Health Education Center at Mercy Hospital for a community health assessment Tuesday morning.

The assessment was organized by the Valley City-Barnes County Health District and Mercy Hospital, and was used to develop a community health improvement plan, a requirement for City-County Health to be an accredited public health district and for the hospital to maintain it’s not-for-profit status.

Lift Stations Back to Normal Operation

August 29, 2012

Following a sewer emergency a week-and-a-half ago, all six motors from Valley City lift stations are installed and the crank is back to normal operating procedures.

The morning of Friday, Aug. 17, residents of Valley City were asked to conserve water as a precautionary measure when lift station motors failed, causing raw sewage to be dumped into the Sheyenne River.

“With the different inflows in the sewer system throughout the year, we kind of have seasons just like everything else,” Schelkoph said.

August 28th

Damaged Roads to be Repaired

August 28, 2012

Valley City City Commission members met Monday during a special meeting to approve a perpetual restrictive covenant, restricting the city from building any structure other than for flood control on its acquired properties. They also approved a street reconstruction project on the streets surrounding the water treatment plant.

Commissioner Regrets Vote

August 28, 2012

Barnes County Commissioner Rodger Berntson said misinformation from State’s Attorney Lee Grossman affected his vote at an Aug. 7 commission meeting, but admits his lone dissenting vote would not have made a difference.

The commission voted 5-0 to appoint a person to fill the shoes of resigning County Auditor Ed McGough. County auditor is an elected position, but the commissioners felt there was too little time to solicit candidates for the November ballot.

Your Health: School Lunch Changes This Fall

August 28, 2012

Starting this fall, kids and teachers will see some changes to the school lunch program because of the new federal mandate. These tough new mandatory regulations are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and every public school in the nation is required to follow the standards beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. These standards bring an emphasis to fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat milk.

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