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October 1st, 2012

Candidate Forum to Be Held Oct. 16

October 1, 2012

State House and Senate candidates and candidates for the Barnes County Commission have all been invited to participate in a candidate forum Oct. 16 at the Valley City HAC Gymnasium, said Doug Anderson.

Anderson is a Chamber Board member, leads its legislative committee, and is marketing and communications manager for Valley City State University.
The candidate forum is being sponsored by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, and will take place starting at 7 p.m.

September 28th

Events Calendar: Sept. 28-Oct. 16, 2012

September 28, 2012

Saturday, September 29

State Seeks Input on Teachers

September 28, 2012

The North Dakota Department of Instruction (DPI) is asking for all interested people to provide input on the new proposed guidelines for the professional evaluations of teachers and principals.

After several districts across the state failed to meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act, the state applied for a waiver from the act.
Submitting the waiver means the state must have established uniform guidelines for the evaluations. A DPI advisory committee worked from October, 2011, to July to develop the proposed guidelines.

Blonde on the Prairie: A Posse of Goats to Vote

September 28, 2012

I begin this prose in quite a conundrum.
Trying to find peace but haven’t yet found some.
I begin every morning alive with the news.
CNN, FOX –they give me the blues.

I’m just the blonde, living on the prairie-
But toot’in my own horn (which is really quite scary!)
I’m a woman with hormones and I have a gun.
Bring me a militant and I’ll get ‘er done.

My posse is housewives – women of strength.
Proverbs 31 proves they’d earn “General” as ranks.
Each and every one of them is as patriotic as me.
So we wonder how dumb our elected can be.

Initial Report on Fatal Plane Crash Released by NTSB

September 28, 2012

Robert Odegaard of Kindred partially completed a practice barrel roll 5:55 p.m. Sept. 7 before the roll slowed and ultimately stopped just prior to the pilot’s fatal crash at the Barnes County Municipal Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined.

According to the preliminary report released Sept. 21, a witness reported that the practice routine proceeded normally.

September 27th

‘Needle in the Hay Field’ Search Team Finds Camera Card

September 27, 2012

Volunteers searching the Barnes County Municipal Airport found a missing memory card from a camera that was mounted on a plane that crashed at the airport, killing pilot Bob Odegaard earlier this month.

Two buckets of shrapnel – the remains from the Sept. 7 plane crash – sat on a table in the terminal of the Barnes County Municipal Airport on Wednesday morning, as about a dozen volunteers gathered to search the airport grounds for the important piece of wreckage.

Feds, State Ask for Whooping Crane Reports

September 27, 2012

Whooping cranes are beginning their annual migration south through North Dakota and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department are asking people to report any sightings to either agency.

Mike Rabenberg, a USFWS wildlife biologist at the Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge said the birds migration from Canada is just getting started and should run through October.

Bird Causes Power Outage

September 27, 2012

A wayward bird ended up interrupting power to downtown Valley City Wednesday morning, said Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph.
“We got the culprit in the office – a tweety bird,” Schelkoph said.

Businesses that lost power included the Times-Record and Dutton’s Valley Gallery of Photography.

Valley City electrical Superintendent Stan Hanson said Wednesday the the loss of power started with a circuit breaker outside the Ace Hardware store. “Somehow the bird got into the transformer and started an arc.”

September 26th

Students Harvest Squash For Needy

September 26, 2012

The Dan Faust farmstead off airport road was packed with first-year Valley City State University students Tuesday morning as the young people harvested thousands of pounds of squash to be given to the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo.

An estimated 190 VCSU students, mentors and crew chiefs participated Tuesday, coming to the site by bus.

Arriving at the field about 9 a.m., the young men and women worked hard before breaking for a wiener roast at about 10:30 a.m.

Animal Groups Split on Measure 5

September 26, 2012

The debate over Measure 5 is gathering steam across the state, and while supporters and detractors agree stiffer penalties are needed in cases of animal cruelty, they cannot agree on the wording of the proposed law.

Karen Thunshelle, of the North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty (NDSAC) is the campaign manager for Measure 5. She said passing the initiative should be a “no-brainer” to anyone who reads the legislation.

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