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December 20th

Barnes Discusses Vending, Water Board

December 20, 2012

Barnes County Extension Agent Ellen Bjelland proposed putting a vending machine containing healthy alternatives to junk food in the courthouse during the Barnes County Commission’s regular meeting on Tuesday.

Currently, two machines are located in the courthouse rotunda, one dispenses Pepsi products and the other Coke products.

The proposed machine would vend healthy foods like sandwiches, milk and healthy snacks as well as Coke and Pepsi products, possibly eliminating the need for the machines that are currently in the rotunda.

Medicine Wheel to Have Winter Solstice Ceremony

December 20, 2012

Friday, Dec. 21 marks this year’s winter solstice, which is the time the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky. The day has come and gone every other winter without much incident, making way for a rising sun the next day. But this year, some predict the sun won’t have an Earth on which to rise the next day.

Dec. 21, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar, and some people have interpreted that to mean either an apocalypse “end of the world” or a “new world” with new beliefs.

Kiefert, Robinson Back DUI Proposal

December 20, 2012

District 24 legislators from both the D-NPL and Republican parties back a proposal by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple that will significantly strengthen North Dakota’s DUI laws.

Newly elected Republican Rep. Dwight Kiefert and D-NPL Sen. Larry Robinson both said Tuesday they support the governor’s proposal.

New . Naomi Muscha was out of state, and not available for comment.

December 19th

Public Works to Offer Credit Card Option

December 19, 2012

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.

Cops Shop With Kids

December 19, 2012

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 kids’ 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.

First Community Credit Union Holds Food, Toy Drive

December 19, 2012

Special to the Times-Record

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.

December 18th

Parks Permit Recognizes Sodbuster Days

December 18, 2012

North Dakota’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 “Sodbuster Days” event.

Jerry Nordick, chairman of the association board, said Monday members learned of the honor at the association’s recent Christmas party.

BC Wildlife to Find New Place for Archery Range after Audi Sale

December 18, 2012

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 “the Audi.”

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, they’ll have to find a new place to shoot because the building is being sold by the City of Valley City.

First Responders Attend Training

December 18, 2012

Area first responders recently completed Incident Command Training in an effort to assure an adequate, organized response to emergencies — 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.

December 17th

USDA Eases School Lunch Rules

December 17, 2012

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.

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