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January 8th, 2013

St. Kate’s Seeks Helpers

January 8, 2013

St. Catherine’s Church in Valley City is seeking volunteers for its largest fundraiser for its faith-based programs Jan. 23.

Debbie Carpenter, administrative assistant, said there are various shifts open, and people are especially needed to assist with clean, which begins after the supper at 7 p.m.

She said the church also needs people to waitress tables, run games in the gym, and help with “odds and ends things.”

Those interested in volunteering can call Debbie at (701) 845-1453.

Prep Underway for ND Winter Show

January 8, 2013

Women’s Division board members are hard at work preparing for the annual North Dakota Winter Show that runs March 5 to 10 in facilities on Winter Show Road.

Board President Mary Ann Leier said this year’s board members are Marie Baumgartner, Mary Ann Berntson, Joan Carlblom, Leier, Karen Overn, Joy Berntson, Lois Bjornson, Coni Horsager, Carole Miedema.

Area Gun Sales Up

January 8, 2013

Area gun sales and applications for concealed carry permits are up, possibly as a result of new legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate that would ban assault-style weapons.

Last month, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a bill that would stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of many assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

January 7th

Valley Drug Converts Videos to Digital

January 7, 2013

Valley Drug in Valley City recently acquired a North Dakota-based program called Zoovio that transcodes video tape and allows users to watch them on any internet connected device.

Zoovio has the ability to digitize 47 different types of video tape including VHS. A user can then access their videos from any internet connected device including smart phones, tablets, computers and televisions.

Schools Respond to Shooting With Security Questions

January 7, 2013

On Friday, Dec. 14, an armed gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Conn. and killed 26 people, including 20 first-graders.

Since then, faculty and staff at area schools have taken a hard look at their own plans of response should such violence erupt in their own hallways.

Teachers and other staff at Washington Elementary School met Thursday with Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson to discuss the school’s current emergency plan and how to improve it.

John Deere Donates To SVACATC

January 7, 2013

Jeff Bopp, director of the Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center, is thrilled with the donation of 10 new state-of-the-art welding helmets from the John Deere Seeding Co.

The program received a total of 10 auto darkening Speedglass 3M welding helmets.

Bopp said the helmets feature a lens that is totally clear but the instant an arc is struck the lens turns dark to prevent a welding flash and likewise the lens instantly becomes clear as soon as the welding arc stops.

January 4th

Events Calendar: Jan. 9-April 26, 2013

January 4, 2013

Wednesday, January 9
Story hour will be held at the Valley City-Barnes County Public Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Sam Stover will be the guest speaker.

Friday, January 11
Full Nelson Karaoke will be held from 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Valley City American Legion Club rooms. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event supports Legion Baseball.

Wednesday, January 16
Story hour will be held at the Valley City-Barnes County Public Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Avis Ritcher will be the guest speaker.

Friday, January 18

Blonde On The Prairie: The Blonde Warrior

January 4, 2013

This prairie branded me. I used to be just a girl trying to find myself. This prairie gave me a purpose. It wasn’t a planned purpose. I never aspired to be “The Blonde on the Prairie.” In fact –if you would have told me I’d be called that I may have just walked away talking under my breath. Some guy named “Bruce” gave me the name after he printed the first or second column I ever wrote. I only met him once yet the impact he has had on my life is epic. Something like nine years have passed since he first printed that name.

Shooting Range in LEC Closed

January 4, 2013

The City of Valley City has closed the shooting range that was located in the basement of the Law Enforcement Center building, City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday.

“We closed it (in December) because we had the Department of Health come in and they did a test; they told us they believe there’s too much lead inside the shooting area,” Schelkoph said. “To be safe rather than sorry we closed it down.”

Area Woman to Celebrate Her 107th Birthday

January 4, 2013

Henrietta Dotting sat in a recliner in her room at the Sheyenne Care Center as she contemplated the significance of turning 107 on Jan. 4. “It’s not a big deal!” she said to her nephew Duane Farnquist.

“It is a big deal!” he replied.

Indeed, Dotting doesn’t attribute her longevity to anything she did or didn’t do. Her mother lived to 94, so it could be biological.

At 106, Dotting is still sharp-minded. Even though her eyesight is nearly gone, she still spends many hours listening to books on tapes through a pair of headphones that Farnquist had to remove.

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