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June 4th, 2012
Some tense moments wrapped up the month of May for local law enforcement officers. The month also saw a new police chief hired and one of the wilder Memorial Day weekends.
Fred Thompson, a recently-retired police captain from Henderson, Nev, was chosen from 39 candidates that were whittled down to 10 phone interviews and five face-to-face interviews. Thompson is a 29-year veteran of the Henderson Police Department.
As sewer work was underway in downtown Valley City on Thursday, May 31, workers uncovered a gas line on the south side of the high school.
The chaplain at my work witnessed it. I came to my office and stood in the doorway of the conference room where most of my co-workers gathered.
â€śMay I have your attention please? I have an announcement to make,â€ť I announced in my best announcement voice.
The room hushed as they all turned their conversations off and their ears on. They took their stare off the glare of their computer screens in order to properly delve in to the proclamation I was about to proclaim.
Special to the Times-Record
MEDORA, N.D. â€“ Whether you enjoy fitness, nature, entertainment or food, Medora is the place to be the weekend of June 8-10.
The 2012 season of the Medora Musical kicks off Friday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. MDT. This professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue is set in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the North Dakota Badlands. It features nightly performances through September 8.
Valley City and Jamestown law enforcement personnel joined others from across North Dakota this week in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Dakota.
The Special Olympicsâ€™ website reads, â€śThe Torch Run is a running event in which officers and athletes carry the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of local Special Olympics competitions.â€ť
The Special Olympics Summer Games will be held Friday and Saturday in Fargo.
Kathleen Meagher, President of the Special Olympics North Dakota, said that they try to link cities through the run.
Valley Cityâ€™s Saturday Farmers Market opens for the season Saturday at Hirschberger Park, said Becky Huber, who is managing this yearâ€™s market with brother Arlen.
This marks the 33rd year the Saturday market has been operating.
The Hubers are taking over management of the market this season from Sharon Clancy.
Huber has been selling her fresh local vegetables at the market â€śsince day one.â€ť
Helping the Hubers operate the market this year are Margaret Stoltz and Candy and Mike Rasmussen.
â€śWe need all the help we can get,â€ť Huber said.
Special to the Times-Record
May is Stroke Awareness Month, and City- County Health District and the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) are using the opportunity to underscore how the connection between cigarette smoke and stroke reinforces the need for comprehensive smoke-free policies.
Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and people who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to have a stroke.
Valley City Public Schools School Board member Sharon Buhr faces re-election this year, and her opponent is Valley City State University assistant professor Richard Ross. Both candidates have strong backgrounds in education and both sat down for interviews with Times-Record reporter David Luessen on Tuesday.
Those who spent Memorial Day weekend at Lake Ashtabulaâ€™s East Crossing resort might have noticed some new faces and a fresh coat of blue paint on the walls of the Ashtabula Crossing restaurant.
The popular eatery, located less than 20 miles from Valley City, is under new ownership as of April 9. Mary Jean Cuffe, formerly of Breezy Point, Minn., her sister Patty Hoff, and Pattyâ€™s husband Scott, formerly of Perley, Minn., purchased the restaurant and bar from former owner Bob Kelly.
Tim Kadrmas will miss working with the kids and adult volunteers after he finishes this year â€“ his final year â€“ directing the Valley City Soap Box Derby, but after 18 years in the job he decided it was time.
â€śLooking at the faces of rookies coming down the track the first time you can see it is thrilling and exhilarating for them â€“ you see the joy and fear and excitement in their faces.â€ť
This yearâ€™s North Dakota Soap Box Derby takes place June 8 and 9 in Valley City.
The North Dakota Stockmenâ€™s Association received an anonymous donation of $1,000 for its reward fund for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in a pair of livestock shootings in Griggs County. The two incidents near Cooperstown involved the killing of four horses and three head of cattle. Authorities are also investigating a massacre of 14 cattle near Hankinson in Richland County.
Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin said the occasional livestock shooting is not unheard of in the region.