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November 7th, 2012

Prairie Fare: What To Do If Freezer Goes Out

November 7, 2012

“My freezer went out. What food can I save?” my caller asked.

She wasn’t sure how long her appliance had been out of commission.
The food was warm to the touch, so most of the food could not be salvaged. Her tightly wrapped frozen bread was safe, especially because no meat juice had dripped on the packages. Her fully thawed meat, poultry and fish were not safe after thawing and sitting for an undetermined amount of time. High-protein foods are especially perishable.

Unfortunately, I have had this sort of phone call many times in my career.

BC keeps debating 911 issue

November 7, 2012

Barnes County Commissioners addressed city concerns regarding changes to the county’s 911 system at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

VC nixes River Project

November 7, 2012

Due to a small clerical error, the Valley City city commission rejected all bids for the Main Street riverbank restoration project, and the project will be put up for rebidding.

The error was in the bid notification publication done by the South Central Dakota Regional Council. The project was originally put up for bid Aug. 31, and the new bid will be awarded later this month.

Chad Petersen of city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson said the city needs to consider that the new bids may have additional costs associated with the colder weather.

November 6th

‘Americans We’

November 6, 2012

Bonnie Jo Hanson/Times-Record

Top: Second-graders at Jefferson Elementary School held a Veteran’s Day musical program called “Americans We, a Celebration of the People, by the People, for the People” under the direction of music teacher Karen Askerooth.

Bottom Left: Students from Mrs. Becker’s class sang the song “Declaration” during the Veteran’s Day program. Here Preet Patel, from left to right, Kierra Vaughn, Robert Fischer, Emmalee Jones, Faith King, and Wade Hatcher each hold a “Declaration of Independence” during the song.

Bottom Right: Carly Goven

Coloring Contest

November 6, 2012

Special to the Times-Record

The Valley City Fire Department recently held a coloring contest for the elementary schools in Valley City for Fire Prevention Week. The winners got to ride in a fire truck and each got a prize.

ABOVE: The first grade winners from Jefferson Elementary School were, left to right: Abigail Redfearn, Carver Pederson, Caden Amann, Zachary Sykora, Sydney Larsen, Drew Potratz, Matthew Lahlum, Gianni Steele, Michael Schmidt and Tesa Olson.

BELOW: The first grade winners from St. Kate’s School, left to right: Connor Klabor and Livia Dietrich.

Chocolate Day Returns to Public Library Sat.

November 6, 2012

Chocolate Day, the Valley City Barnes County Library’s annual fundraiser for children’s materials, returns to the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, said acting library director Liz Hoskisson Monday.

Children’s Librarian Mary Ann Anderson said the event began at the library “at least 20 years ago – a long time ago.”

Be Cautious of Heater Fires During Winter

November 6, 2012

The end of daylight savings time Sunday was a surefire sign that winter is quickly approaching. Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath said Valley City residents should take this time to check their smoke detectors and heating equipment to avoid house fires.

The Valley City Fire Department responded to quite a few grass fires during the past dry summer and fall, and now they’re expecting to respond to more fires related to heating, cooking and in vehicles.

November 5th

Gabel Ride Benefits Relay for Life

November 5, 2012

The Thundering Saints have donated $1,000 to the Barnes County Relay for Life, generated from proceeds of the fourth annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Ride held in Valley City on July 28.

Rocky Gabel, the founder and organizer of the ride, Friday presented the check to Tami Kratz, co-captain of the Lafarge Relay for Life Team Friday. Also on hand for the donation was Mary Dahl, community representative for the American Cancer Society, which organizes relays.

Kratz said her team “does a fundraising breakfast the morning of the bike run, and in return for it, we get this wonderful donation.”

Berg Visits Valley City

November 5, 2012

Bonnie Jo Hanson/Times-Record

National Guard, John Deere Expanding

November 5, 2012

The Valley City-Barnes County Development Corporation officially announced Friday that it is proceeding with the purchase of approximately 77 acres of land along Interstate 94 for industrial and commercial development. The site will launch the I94 Regional Development Corridor, where it will house new facilities for the North Dakota National Guard and an expansion of John Deere Seeding Group.

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