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October 24th, 2012
Most high school students in the area have small class sizes, and music students share the stage with a relatively low amount of people, but on Nov. 13, theyâ€™ll get a chance to play and sing with a much larger group.
Students from area high schools will join together to perform in the annual Barnes County music festival Nov. 13 at Valley City State Universityâ€™s Vangstad Auditorium.
My name is Bonnie Jo Hanson. Iâ€™m the new county reporter here at the Times-Record, and I will also be covering agriculture and education.
I hail from a rural area in southern Ohio, close to Huntington W. Va. Now I live in Marion with a husband, Greg, and one kid. Two of my kids, Anthony and Libby, are grown and gone, Christian is still at home. I also have a bunch of animals â€“ three dogs and two cats. (We canâ€™t say no, but our house is getting really small and hairy.)
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The September Students of the Month for Valley City Jr High School are Abby Slyter, Tanner Thomsen, Annie Fitzell, and Devin Anderson. The criteria for selection is being a hardworking student, respect for staff and peers, and involvement in school activities.
The Thundering Saints have donated $8,000 to Hospice of the Red River Valley, generated from proceeds of the fourth annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Ride held in Valley City on July 28.
The donation will be used to provide compassionate end-of-life care to those in Valley City and surrounding communities.
Rocky Gabel, who started the ride in honor of his wife who died of cancer, said Monday the event has grown since it began in 2009.
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.
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 Reenoâ€™s home state of North Dakota in June, 2011. A flood hit the city of Minot, destroying peopleâ€™s homes, businesses and lives. It was the only category 5 disaster in the US in 2011.
With the upcoming election, things are getting heated â€“ 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, â€śindifferentâ€ť party members are hiding â€“ hiding from judgment and opposition. They want a little attention, like their outspoken friends, so they post updates that hold an opinion.
The end of October marks a popular holiday of fun and fright â€” 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.
â€śBe careful and slow it down,â€ť Thibert advises. â€śThereâ€™s going to be lots of kids crossing the streets everywhere.â€ť
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.
â€śI think for what your position entails, you definitely should be a (Grade) 10 for sure,â€ť Commissioner John Froelich said.
Koslovski is head of the countyâ€™s tax department, and Commissioner Phil Leitner said the responsibilities of county department heads varies from office to office.
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.