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September 12th, 2012

State Reports Crash Data

September 12, 2012

The North Dakota Department of Transportation recently released the “2011 North Dakota Crash Summary” and the numbers are fairly grim.

“It’s getting worse,” Kasey Skalicki, Safe Communities coordinator with the Valley City-Barnes County Health District, said Tuesday. “In 2011 we had 148 motor vehicle deaths, which is 43 more than in 2010. We have been increasing steadily this year, we’re way ahead of time.”

Skalicki said seat belts and sober driving would have saved many of the lives lost on North Dakota roads in 2011 and 2012.

Out With the Old... Demolition Date Set For Old North Valley Bridge

September 12, 2012

The old North Valley Bridge is set for demolition on Sept. 17 after serving the residents of Valley City and north central Barnes County, as well as thousands upon thousands of visitors to Lake Ashtabula over the past several decades.

The last vehicles crossed the bridge on the afternoon of Aug. 16, when traffic was then permanently switched over to the new, $2.4 million North Valley Bridge, built along the east side of the existing bridge.

Open Door Center Residents Keep Busy With Vehicle Wash

September 12, 2012

For just $30, Valley City residents can have their vehicles cleaned, inside and out, by residents of the Open Door Center, which is a local organization that provides day, residential and vocational services for individuals with disabilities including children and adults with developmental disabilities, adults with mental illness and people with a traumatic brain injury.

The car wash program is run through a nonprofit company called Nish, which specializes in finding work for people with disabilities.

September 11th

Program and Funeral Set for Deceased Pilot

September 11, 2012

Food that was planned for but never used at the canceled Wing and Wheels AirShow will be used at a memorial service for Robert Odegaard of Kindred, who died during a practice run Friday at the Barnes County Muncipal Airport.

The Fly In: Odegaard Pancakes event will take place at the Fargo Air Museum from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Guests will be served the pancakes that were scheduled to be served Sunday during a fundraising breakfast at the airshow, said Toby McPherson, co-director of the airshow along with Barnes County Airport Authority clerk Lori Jury.

VCSU Choir to Raise Funds

September 11, 2012

Valley City State University Concert Choir will hold its annual end-of-summer rummage sale on Saturday, which is the main fundraiser done by the choir.

Christopher Redfearn, director of choral activities who has a doctorate in music, said the sale is “our primary means to raise money for our fall and spring tours that the choir undertakes across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.”

Project to Wait on NRCS Survey

September 11, 2012

Some Barnes County residents who farm north of Sanborn will have to remain patient for a little while longer to resolve a 20-year-old water problem.

Potter Township Supervisor David Lettenmaier addressed the Barnes County Water Resource District Board on Monday to discuss the area about a mile outside of the city limits where water has been backed up since heavy rains and flooding in 1993.

The Natural Resource Conservation Service is currently conducting a survey on the area, which must be completed before any further steps can be taken.

September 10th

Critical Fire Watch In Effect Monday

September 10, 2012

The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks has issued a critical fire watch in Barnes County for Monday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The watch was issued due to dry conditions and wind speeds ranging from 25 to 35 mph with the possibility for stronger gusts.

Groups Urge Water Consciousness

September 10, 2012

Conserving water and preventing contamination of the water table are on the forefront of a push by state and federal groups who support National Protect Your Groundwater Day on Sept. 11.

The North Dakota Well Drillers Association is standing along side the National Ground Water Association’s public call to action to protect one of the most vital resources available. The groups want people to acknowledge issues with water, how those issues apply to everyone.

CenturyLink/AT&T Upgrading Fiber Lines

September 10, 2012

Valley City residents may have recently seen people wearing vests walking down boulevards swinging a long slender electronic device back and forth, periodically digging a small hole and placing tiny pennants in the ground.

Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday the workers are involved in several projects, including setting distances for new street markings and doing preparation work for planned phone company upgrades to fiber optics in Valley City.

September 7th

Pilot Killed in Plane Crash While Practicing for Air Show

September 7, 2012

Less than 24 hours before the Wings and Wheels Air Show was scheduled to start in Valley City, tragedy struck as Bob Odegaard, who was scheduled to perform in the air show was killed when the plane he was flying crashed during a practice run.

Odegaard, 66, of Kinded, N.D. was practicing for the air show Friday when “something went terribly wrong,” at approximately 5:55 p.m., Sgt. Troy Hischer of the North Dakota Highway Patrol said Friday during a press conference.

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