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February 22nd, 2013

Blonde on the Prairie: Discerning When Not to Be Thrifty

February 22, 2013

I was in Walgreens on 13th Ave. in Fargo. I like to shop local when I can but I had an eye emergency. I needed solution for my contacts. We were in Fargo to see a movie and I got a piece of hair stuck to my contact. The fur from my collar was shedding apparently. I’m a responsible and reliable thinker-aheader. I carry pert-near everything I could possibly need with me in an extra bag in our vehicle. I learned that when I first became the Blonde on the Prairie.

February 21st

County Workers Win With Wellness Program

February 21, 2013

The Barnes County Office of the North Dakota State University Extension Service offers more than agricultural programs; it also offers a variety of programs for the community along with a wellness program for Barnes County employees.

Ellen Bjelland, Barnes County Extension Agent, in conjunction with City County Health, is coordinating a program to help county employees be healthier and save the county money.

Niemann Excited for NDWS

February 21, 2013

Country music musician Jerrod Niemann is excited about coming to Valley City.

Niemann, whose latest album, “Free The Music,” was released in October, is scheduled to appear at the North Dakota Winter Show Friday, March 8.

His performance will be part of Party in the Dirt, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The opening act will be Gwen Sebastian of North Dakota.

Interviewed Wednesday via cell phone from an appearance in Alabama, Niemann said “In North Dakota everyone is so nice.”

VC Commission Learns of Smart Utility System

February 21, 2013

Cooper Power informed the Valley City City Commission on an advanced metering infrastructure system Tuesday during its regular meeting.

AMI, which City Administrator David Schelkoph said would save the city a considerable amount of money, uses smartgrid technology to provide smarter and more efficient utilities to residents.

The technology is all tied into a load control system, Schelkoph said.

February 20th

NDWS Entertainment Covering the Gamut

February 20, 2013

Planned entertainment for the North Dakota Winter Show, scheduled for March 4 to March 10 in Valley City, will cover the gamut, with activities aimed at men, women and children.

The first scheduled entertainment event will be Country Hoedown Day, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5. In return for a $20 admission fee, visitors will be able to attend the festivities featuring The Shadows, Cowboy Poet Rod Nelson, and the quartet Adapt.

County in Good Financial Shape

February 20, 2013

Barnes County Commissioners approved the county’s financial statement for the period ending in Dec., 2012 and moving $100,000 each from the general fund into the corrections and the homeland security funds, during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

The financial statement, presented by accountant Harold Rotunda, shows that the county’s general fund had an ending balance of $1,748,200.
“The county is in pretty good shape,” Rotunda told commissioners.

Cops Say Don’t Travel When Advised Not To

February 20, 2013

Local law enforcement officials encourage motorists to stay off roadways during no travel advisories and to travel safely during travel alerts. Law enforcement agencies responded to numerous accidents Monday during blizzard-like conditions.

Bryan Niewind, captain for the North Dakota Highway Patrol southeast region, said the NDHP and North Dakota Department of Transportation has a three-prong approach when it comes to notifying the public of dangerous conditions and they don’t take travel advisories lightly.

February 19th

VC Man Hurt in Sunday Crash

February 19, 2013

A Valley City man and two Fargo residents were all treated for minor injuries at Essentia Hospital in Fargo after a Sunday collision on Interstate 29 between the car being driven by the Valley City man and a parked North Dakota State Patrol police interceptor.

According to Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind, the only person not injured in the 4:07 p.m. crash at exit 50 on Interstate 94 northbound was Trooper Joel Liebl.

Injured were Devon Scott Stephens, 19, of Valley City; Mark Cramton, 30, of Fargo; and Kimberly Cramton, 31, of Fargo.

ND Winter Show Rodeo Turns 50

February 19, 2013

During the early days of the North Dakota Winter Show, it wasn’t uncommon for a stray bull to run loose on Main Street in Valley City during the agriculture show. Jim Nelson, chairperson for the rodeo committee, said now that all the livestock for the rodeo are housed at the Winter Show main arena, that isn’t a problem anymore — but the event remains just as popular.

Local Grower Offers Garden-Fresh Produce

February 19, 2013

Community Supported Agriculture is an idea that has recently taken off in the Barnes County area, allowing consumers to buy local produce directly from the grower.

CSAs operate by selling shares of their products to the public. In the case of Llama Trax Gardens near Valley City, the product is vegetables, fruit, and herbs straight from the garden.

In other words, subscribers pay an up-fron fee to the Hansens, who in turn grow fresh produce which they divide up between subscribers and distribute several times during the growing season.

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