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June 27th, 2012

Highway Safety Urged on July 4

June 27, 2012

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is working to inform Americans gearing up for their Independence Day celebrations next week that the new analysis of crash data shows July 4 is the deadliest day for teenage drivers and the motorists alongside them.

Meet VC’s New Commissioner Madeline Luke will work to preserve Valley City’s assets

June 27, 2012

“I would really like to see the city conserve and capitalize its assets,” said Valley City’s newest commissioner, Madeline Luke. Two of Valley City’s biggest assets, Luke says, are the Sheyenne River and a walkable downtown. Luke hopes to use her seat on the city’s commission to preserve both.

“I think people are naturally drawn to water,” Luke said. She has lived in various communities with rivers, which she says are beneficial to both quality of life and attracting travelers.

NDWS Seeks Vendors for August Event

June 27, 2012

The North Dakota Winter Show will soon host a Flea Market and Craft Fair that will run in conjunction with a Horsemanship Seminar and Riding Clinic on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12.

NDWS manager Dawn Riley said the process of soliciting vendors for the event began last week, and there is plenty of space for available for booths in the Main Arena of the Winter Show building.

June 26th

VCSU’s new VPSA

June 26, 2012

Last week, Dr. Vitaliano Figueroa began employment at Valley City State University as the new Vice-President for Student Affairs. In this role, Vitaliano replaced Mr. Glen Schmalz who resigned his position earlier this year.

Public Works Releases Water Quality Report

June 26, 2012

Valley City Public Works released its Annual Drinking Water Quality Report this month, which studied the city’s drinking water from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 in 2011.

“I’m pleased to announce that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements,” water treatment plant manager Wade Hesch said in the report.

The North Dakota Department of Health has found that Valley City’s drinking water is susceptible to potential contaminants, but claimed the sources of that contamination “are no longer identifiable.”

Annual Sibley Days to be Held All Day Saturday

June 26, 2012

The normally small and quaint lakeside town of Sibley will be busier with locals participating in games and activities Saturday during Sibley Days. Ruth Eberle, who helps coordinate the event, said she hopes everyone can make it for a day of family fun.

The annual event, which will take place at the Sibley crossing, will begin at 10 a.m. with a craft and flea market outside The Fishtank, a bar and restaurant in Sibley. Eberle said anyone can participate in the market.

“You can show up that morning and that’s just fine,” she said. “You don’t have to register.”

June 25th

SWC: No Phone Calls

June 25, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. – In what Richard Betting, of People to Save the Sheyenne, calls a blow to government transparency in North Dakota, the State Water Commission will no longer allow citizens to call in and listen to SWC meetings.

David Laschkewitsch, director of administrative services for the SWC, said Friday that there are several reasons for the move, mainly that the commission’s phone technology is not conducive to the process.

“We have no interest in hiding anything,” he said. “That is not our desire: to make it more difficult.”

State Engineer Has Final Call on DL Outlet

June 25, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. – The fate of the Sheyenne and Red River Valleys are in one man’s hands: State Engineer Todd Sando.

On Friday, Richard Betting of the People to Save the Sheyenne and Valley City City Commissioner Madeline Luke of the Ad Hoc Downstream Group presented testimony to Sando at a hearing on the permit that would allow the newly constructed outlet on the east end of Devils Lake to operate. The outlet would drain into the Sheyenne River, which feeds into the Red River of the North and runs into Canada.

Cancer Survivors Join Together

June 25, 2012

For some it’s a chance to remember, others a reason to celebrate, but every step taken at the Barnes County Relay for Life was a step toward finding a cure for cancer.

“The world with less cancer and more birthdays gets closer with every Relay for Life event,” said emcee Paul Leier during the opening ceremony.

Funds raised from the event go to the American Cancer Society, which sponsors Relay for Life, to find cures and fight back against cancer, team developer Carol Grenz said.

June 22nd

Blonde on the Prairie: Just Take It by the Month

June 22, 2012

If you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was 5 I would have told you I wanted to be a penguin breeder. It wasn’t until I turned 17 that I knew for a fact I wanted to be the television weather girl. Now that I’m ripe and nearly 46 I have an insatiable desire to teach as much as I learn and I want to do it living.

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