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The Valley City City Commission decided Monday to allow a credit card option for Public Works. The decision came after a request made by City Administrator David Schelkoph, who said many customers want the option and it would allow the city to accommodate those who might not be able to pay their bills right away.
After doing some research, Schelkoph and other city employees found that using a credit card reader might not be a huge saving financially, but it would save on time and provide a customer service that commissioners agree is beneficial to everyone.
Santa Cops and Kids, a program sponsored by the Valley City Department, paired local law enforcement officers and firefighters with children who endured rough circumstances during the past year for an evening of shopping for Christmas gifts for the kidsâ€™ families.
The event included supper at Pizza Corner, a parade of lights and sirens to Shopko, shopping, and wrapping gifts before Santa made an entrance at the Valley City Police Department with gifts for the kids.
The children each were given $100 in donated money to spend on their families during the event.
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First Community Credit Union hosted a food and toy drive this holiday season for deserving families and organizations within the local area.
FCCU members, employees, and community members were invited to participate in the event. People of all ages brought in new or slightly used, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to the First Community Credit Union branch. FCCU has donated the items to the Barnes County Food Pantry and the Mitten Tree.
North Dakotaâ€™s Parks and Recreation Department revealed Monday that the 2013 annual vehicle permit for North Dakota state parks will recognize the 30th anniversary of the Fort Ransom State Park â€śSodbuster Daysâ€ť event.
Jerry Nordick, chairman of the association board, said Monday members learned of the honor at the associationâ€™s recent Christmas party.
The Barnes County Wildlife Federation is searching for a new place to put an indoor archery range, which is currently located in the City Auditorium or â€śthe Audi.â€ť
The range, located in the basement, and includes 3-D targets and allows archers to shoot from 20 yards and 10 yards indoors. Soon, though, theyâ€™ll have to find a new place to shoot because the building is being sold by the City of Valley City.
Area first responders recently completed Incident Command Training in an effort to assure an adequate, organized response to emergencies â€” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.