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October 11th, 2012

Rise in Houses Contaminated With Meth

October 11, 2012

“Buyers remorse” took on a whole new level in the case of one Oregon homeowner who is drawing national attention to a problem his family found themselves in.

Jonathan Hankins, of Klamath Falls, Ore., started a petition on Change.org that has gathered nation-wide support when he and his family began experiencing health problems after purchasing their new home. The suffering started with dry mouths and mouth sores, then Hankins started having sinus headaches and nosebleeds.

October 10th

Heating Assistance Available for Locals

October 10, 2012

People who need help paying heating bills this winter may be eligible for assistance through the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
Barnes County Social Services began accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Oct. 1. LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered through the state.

On Tuesday, Mari Quittschreiber at Social Services said so far about 100 people have signed up for the program.

“We’ve probably had less people applying now than last year at this time,” Quittschreiber said.

Money Raised in Social Will Benefit Litchville Grocery

October 10, 2012

Money raised from Litchville’s Annual Pie and Pickin’ social will be used to help deal with a $5,000 milk bill left unpaid when Litchville Enterprises, which owned the town’s grocery store, closed down, said Arlene Andrus Monday.

To help, the Oct. 13 monthly Valley City Bluegrass Jam has been moved to Litchville, and will take place with the social.

Andrus, who’s leading the effort, was a stockholder and former Litchville Enterprises board member.

Owner of Glenda’s Beauty Salon Will Celebrate Retirement

October 10, 2012

Glenda’s Beauty Salon is still a buzzing and well-known salon in Valley City, but the owner, Glenda Sherman, has not worked there for a couple years due to a hand injury. Sherman now rents out four of the stations in her shop to individual stylists. Although she’s been retired for a couple years, she’ll be officially celebrating with an open house later this month.

“I’ve had two shops in Valley,” Sherman said of her lifelong career as a hairdresser.

October 9th

VCPS Prepares Public Survey

October 9, 2012

Valley City Public School Administrators are developing a survey for parents, students, staff and possibly the general public to garner input on how the schools operate.

On Monday, schools superintendent Dean Koppelman said administrators would meet Tuesday to discuss the particulars of the survey, which will be opened roughly in the first week of November to coincide with parent-teacher conferences.

Planetarium Seeks Friends

October 9, 2012

The Valley City State University Planetarium is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and only has a few shows left before campus construction puts it into a nine-month hiatus. In the meantime the university is hoping the planetarium can rekindle some old friendships and start some new ones.

“Friends of the Planetarium” donate money to help the planetarium operate. Barnes County Museum Curator Wes Anderson teaches a physics course, “Planetarium Science,” at VCSU and his students put together a new program every year.

VCHS Drama Seeks Korean War Uniforms

October 9, 2012

Valley City High School drama students aren’t only learning how to act in this year’s production; they’re also getting a feel for military life. Students are being taught to march properly and may even wear authentic Korean War uniforms.

Drama director Carol Foth said she’d like to see if area Korean War veterans would be interested in lending their uniforms and other war memorabilia to the school for students to use as costumes and props in their upcoming MASH production.

October 8th

‘Heavy’ Traffic Hits Home

October 8, 2012

The Southeast Region of the North Dakota Highway Patrol is keeping up with troopers in the oil patch when comparing overloaded truck citations issued this year compared to last year.

The agency said it had handed out more overload fees from January, 2012, through September than it had in all of 2011. While many of those citations were written in the bustling Bakken Oil Field, the rest of the state as seen some “heavy traffic” as well.

Birthday Bear Rogers Man Gets Bear on Birthday, Mounted a Year Later

October 8, 2012

Earl Kramer got quite the birthday gift this year when he traveled to Canada to pick up a mounted bear that he shot on his birthday in June last year.

After waiting an entire year to get the rare cinnamon-colored black bear in a full-body mount, Kramer finally got to see his prize on his birthday this year.

The bear, which stands up with one paw in the air and on top of a tree trunk stand, is displayed in a picture window in Kramer’s house in Rogers.

NRA Endorses Kiefert, Gulleson

October 8, 2012

The National Rifle Association recently endorsed both Republican Dwight Kiefert for the North Dakota District 24 House of Representatives and Democratic North Dakota U.S. House Candidate Pam Gulleson.

According to the NRA, Kiefert has received the NRA’s “AQ” rating for being a pro-gun/pro hunting candidate who supports the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. “The NRA appreciates Dwight’s enthusiasm for the Second Amendment and the attention to firearm-related issues.”

Kiefert is a member of the NRA and is an avid hunter. He enjoys being involved with teaching youth gun safety.

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