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October 22nd, 2012

Tax Director Gets Pay Bump

October 22, 2012

The Barnes County Commission voted unanimously to raise the pay of the county Tax Director Betty Koslovski from Grade 9 to Grade 11.
Koslovski wiped tears from her eyes as she asked for worthwhile compensation from the commission.

“I think for what your position entails, you definitely should be a (Grade) 10 for sure,” Commissioner John Froelich said.

Koslovski is head of the county’s tax department, and Commissioner Phil Leitner said the responsibilities of county department heads varies from office to office.

October 19th

Events Calendar: Oct. 20-Dec. 14, 2012

October 19, 2012

Saturday, October 20
The Saturday Farmers Market will meet every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the City Auditorium (320 Central Ave. South, Valley City) until Oct. 27.

Shopko Store Celebrates Grand Opening

October 19, 2012

Following a nearly three-month liquidation sale and a week-long closure for remodeling and expansion, the former Pamida store in Valley City celebrated its conversion to a Shopko Hometown store Thursday with an official ribbon cutting. Shopko employees joined city officials, Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and enthusiastic shoppers for the ceremony at 8:45 a.m.

The first 100 shoppers to arrive were given $10 gift cards to use on merchandise in the store. Shoppers could also register for a drawing for prizes including the grand prize of a 32 inch LCD HDTV.

Blonde On The Prairie: A Few Thoughts About Feeling Frazzled

October 19, 2012

Some days I get so rattled and frazzled and hurried. I get that way so much that I have to check the dryer twice to make sure the cat didn’t crawl in before I push the “start” button. It seems I always remember I forgot to put the clothes from the washer into the dryer the night before the morning I need what is in the washer. The problem is that the clothes have been in the washer, already washed for two or three days and so I have to re-wash them before I can dry them. Frazzling. The washer and dryer live in the scary basement. Most farmers have barn cats. I have basement cats.

Archery Training At Fish Hatchery

October 19, 2012

Valley City’s National Fish Hatchery played host to two National Archery in the Schools Program training sessions Thursday and again Friday, led by Jeffrey Long, an employee of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and coordinator of the state program.

About 10 people were in Thursday’s session, and 12 were expected Friday, Long said.

Long’s students included Valley City State University students, a Boy Scout leader, and teachers from Freedom Elementary School and the Circle of Nations school in Wahpeton.

October 18th

Travel Alert issued for today due to high wind conditions

October 18, 2012

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has issued a Travel Alert for today due to high wind conditions. The strong winds may cause difficult driving conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles such as semis, trucks, busses and SUVs. Motorists are advised to use caution when meeting and passing vehicles as well as driving through strong wind gusts.

City Commission Discusses Valley Recycling Finances

October 18, 2012

During the Valley City city commission’s regular meeting Monday, Marcia and Adam Faul of Valley Recycling asked the commission for ideas to help finance their struggling business.

The rates for cardboard, their main source of income, have dropped significantly and Marcia said the business is barely keeping afloat.

“(Cardboard payments) usually cover a good portion or our expenses every month,” Marcia said, but now that their revenue is decreased, they’re looking for ways to pay for a new engine for their garbage truck and stay in business.

City Reacts to 911 Decision

October 18, 2012

The Valley City city commission met Wednesday during a special meeting to discuss its reaction to the Barnes County commission’s decision to move 911 operations to the Barnes County Sheriff’s Office.

The county voted Tuesday to regain control of 911 effective Jan. 1, which would make dispatchers county employees instead of city employees. The change also means moving equipment to a room in the Sheriff’s office and hiring a full-time 911 coordinator.

Locals Participate in Candidate Forum

October 18, 2012

The Tolna coulee, cutting taxes versus improving services, saving education funding by replacing some local teachers with long-distance learning and public smoking bans were all issues discussed by Democrats and Republicans at Tuesday’s Candidate Forum.

SADD Regional Convention in VC

October 18, 2012

Hundreds of high school students from throughout the region spent much of Wednesday at the city auditorium for the annual regional Students Against Destructive Decisions Conference sponsored by the Maple Valley SADD Chapter.

Cindy Kapaun, who leads the group with husband Brett Kapaun, said the conference, now in its eighth year, took place from about 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We would have started earlier, but a bus broke down. We’re kind of the mom and pop of the whole group,” Cindy said.

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