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October 23rd, 2012

VC Police Dept. Discontinues Funeral Escorts

October 23, 2012

The Valley City Police Department has discontinued the general practice of escorting funerals. Police Chief Fred Thompson told the Valley City city commission during its regular meeting Oct. 15 that the city could be liable for any collision caused during an escort.

Thompson said the problem is that when officers are escorting a funeral from town, there might be 15-20 cars with an officer leading and maybe one in back, but the vehicles in between the officers get stretched out.

October 22nd

Big Reeno Releases Music Video For The Forgotten Disaster

October 22, 2012

North Dakota's own hip hop rising star Big Reeno recently released the official music video for his new, heartfelt single, The Forgotten Disaster, (view video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2I4oV4sbpooff) his untitled, upcoming project releasing early next year. The song was made to commemorate the first anniversary of the national disaster that occurred in Reeno’s home state of North Dakota in June, 2011. A flood hit the city of Minot, destroying people’s homes, businesses and lives. It was the only category 5 disaster in the US in 2011.

Feir and Wit: Upcoming Election Causing Heat

October 22, 2012

With the upcoming election, things are getting heated – even on social networking sites. Tweets, statuses and every other kind of post are filled with sarcasm, support and opposition.

There are three parties you may belong to on these sites; Republican, Democrat or the Annoyed Indifferents.

To me, the annoyed, “indifferent” party members are hiding – hiding from judgment and opposition. They want a little attention, like their outspoken friends, so they post updates that hold an opinion.

Staying Safe on Halloween

October 22, 2012

The end of October marks a popular holiday of fun and fright — Halloween, and Valley City will have plenty of Halloween events to entertain locals. With the spooky holiday, though, comes risks. The Valley City Police Department has some advice to keep children and teens safe on Halloween.

Cody Thibert, police officer at the Valley City Police Department, says that everyone should be aware of the extra children out on Halloween night and during public Halloween events.

“Be careful and slow it down,” Thibert advises. “There’s going to be lots of kids crossing the streets everywhere.”

Tax Director Gets Pay Bump

October 22, 2012

The Barnes County Commission voted unanimously to raise the pay of the county Tax Director Betty Koslovski from Grade 9 to Grade 11.
Koslovski wiped tears from her eyes as she asked for worthwhile compensation from the commission.

“I think for what your position entails, you definitely should be a (Grade) 10 for sure,” Commissioner John Froelich said.

Koslovski is head of the county’s tax department, and Commissioner Phil Leitner said the responsibilities of county department heads varies from office to office.

October 19th

Events Calendar: Oct. 20-Dec. 14, 2012

October 19, 2012

Saturday, October 20
The Saturday Farmers Market will meet every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the City Auditorium (320 Central Ave. South, Valley City) until Oct. 27.

Shopko Store Celebrates Grand Opening

October 19, 2012

Following a nearly three-month liquidation sale and a week-long closure for remodeling and expansion, the former Pamida store in Valley City celebrated its conversion to a Shopko Hometown store Thursday with an official ribbon cutting. Shopko employees joined city officials, Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and enthusiastic shoppers for the ceremony at 8:45 a.m.

The first 100 shoppers to arrive were given $10 gift cards to use on merchandise in the store. Shoppers could also register for a drawing for prizes including the grand prize of a 32 inch LCD HDTV.

Blonde On The Prairie: A Few Thoughts About Feeling Frazzled

October 19, 2012

Some days I get so rattled and frazzled and hurried. I get that way so much that I have to check the dryer twice to make sure the cat didn’t crawl in before I push the “start” button. It seems I always remember I forgot to put the clothes from the washer into the dryer the night before the morning I need what is in the washer. The problem is that the clothes have been in the washer, already washed for two or three days and so I have to re-wash them before I can dry them. Frazzling. The washer and dryer live in the scary basement. Most farmers have barn cats. I have basement cats.

Archery Training At Fish Hatchery

October 19, 2012

Valley City’s National Fish Hatchery played host to two National Archery in the Schools Program training sessions Thursday and again Friday, led by Jeffrey Long, an employee of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and coordinator of the state program.

About 10 people were in Thursday’s session, and 12 were expected Friday, Long said.

Long’s students included Valley City State University students, a Boy Scout leader, and teachers from Freedom Elementary School and the Circle of Nations school in Wahpeton.

October 18th

Travel Alert issued for today due to high wind conditions

October 18, 2012

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has issued a Travel Alert for today due to high wind conditions. The strong winds may cause difficult driving conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles such as semis, trucks, busses and SUVs. Motorists are advised to use caution when meeting and passing vehicles as well as driving through strong wind gusts.

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