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November 2nd, 2012
Area churches are teaming up with Barnes County Social Services again this year to offer Thanksgiving food baskets to the needy.
Katie Pommerer, human service aide for Barnes County Social Services, said four churches are involved in the combined effort: Our Saviorâ€™s Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Faith Lutheran Church and Grace Free Lutheran Church.
Pommerer said each church involved offers to handle a certain amount of baskets and Barnes County Social Services picks up the rest.
Faith in Action is not gone. It has, however, gone through a few changes and will soon reappear as the Sheyenne Valley Community Outreach Center. The Snowball Fling, the annual vendor show sponsored by Faith in Action, will also take place again this year on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hi-Liner Activity Center (HAC).
Friday morning, Epworth United Methodist will be welcoming home a missionary with local roots. Beth (Cummings) Osland grew up in Valley City, and her family are still strong members of Epworth UMC. Beth and her husband, Harry, are Missionaries with the Assembly of God Church in Angola. They have been teaching children, adults, and new pastors, as well as working to create facilities and Sunday Schools for both children and adults. Most recently, they have been working in Portugal (Angola was a Portuguese colony), as well as in Sao Tome and Principe.
If you would like to vote early, the Barnes County Courthouse will be open Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to Noon for anyone who would like to vote.
The Barnes County Historical Society Museum was packed with people Oct. 16 during the Rotary Clubâ€™s annual beer and wine social. MarketPlace Liquors and Dakota Silver presented a variety of wine and beer to the public during the event.
Valley City City Attorney Russell Myhre will honor federal court Judge Daniel Hovlandâ€™s Wednesdayâ€™s ruling that the state is not allowed to enforce its law banning Election Day campaigning.
Wednesday Myhre said he had been expecting such a ruling invalidating North Dakotaâ€™s 100-year-old law.
â€śIt follows a national trend in favor of free speech. It (Hovlandâ€™s ruling) was not a surprise,â€ť Myhre said.
Several area post offices could have their window hours cut, according the the U.S. Postal Service. In a budget-cutting move, the Postal Service could reduce window hours at 13,000 rural post offices nationwide, 222 of 325 post offices in North Dakota. In September, the Postal Service began the process by sending notices and surveys to affected residents.
Itâ€™s evident by the variety of plush dogs surrounding the windows of the building and the paw prints that speckle the pink walls and floor that Jackie Borgâ€™s business is a spa designed exclusively for pets.
In fact, even the music and television caters to pets.
Borg, a Valley City native, celebrated an open house for the reopening of her professional dog grooming business, now under a new name, Wednesday.
Visitors were greeted at Jackieâ€™s Pet Spa, located at 235 3rd Street Northeast in Valley City, with bone-shaped cookies and punch and coffee.
The Barnes County Health Departmentâ€™s Healthy Communities Coalition recently received $65,000 from the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) to develop a volunteer citizen DUI reporting program.
â€śYouâ€™ve heard of Neighborhood Watch? Well, this would be like Neighbor Road watch,â€ť said Kasey Skalicky, Barnes County Health Department Traffic Safety Coordinator.
She hopes the program will stop a lot of crashes and deaths.
According to NDDOT, alcohol slows down reactions, impairs vision, interferes with concentration, dulls judgment and creates a false sense of confidence.
Almost two weeks have passed since the Shopko Hometown storeâ€™s grand opening in Valley City, and general manager Scott Schmitz said the customers are really liking the changes.
â€śWeâ€™ve had a lot of compliments,â€ť he said.
Schmitz said the apparel side of the business has gone over very well. Customers are liking the better variety and better quality of the shoe and apparel selection.
Schmitz said his employees are loving the changes, too.
â€śThey have adapted well,â€ť he said.