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Barnes County Social Services is still looking for volunteers to fill tags on the âWe Careâ Christmas tree that is set up at Shopko.
Katie Pommerer, human service aide for Barnes County Social Services, told the Times-Record that the tree is an annual campaign done by Social Services during the holiday season that contains gift wish lists of needy children the community, and the community can fulfill those wish tags.â
Michelle Deitz, human service aide, said there are still plenty of open tags and distribution of gifts is next Wednesday.
Special to the Times-Record
First graders at Jefferson Elementary School rang the bells last week collecting money for the Salvation Army. They collected $308.15. Pictured with Dave Carlsrud and Joe Lunde are in the back left to right: Braedon Beyer, Peyton Olson, Abby Redfearn, Evelyn Lloyd, Miah Reinke, Breck Sufficool and Matthew Lahlum. In the front left to right: Drew Potratz, Kolby Ross, Adon Berntson, Ryanne Thornton and Parker Jacobson. Jacob Leick is not pictured.
Having a healthy heart and knowing the signs of heart attack are always important, but more so during the holiday season.
Dr. JoEllen Kohlman-Petrick, an interventional cardiologist at the Sanford Heart Center in Fargo, warned that she sees more heart attacks during the fall and winter. Anytime people are under more stress, like during Christmas when people stress over money and preparations, they are more susceptible to heart attacks.
Also, increased activity such as shoveling snow or deer hunting in a person who may be otherwise sedentary, can cause stress on the heart.
Mercy Home Health Care recently added Hospice to its line of services and consolidated all offices in the region to Valley City. The expansion also resulted in the addition of two new employees in Valley City.
Mercy Home Health Care added Hospice services at the beginning of their fiscal year in July. Kim Haarsager, registered nurse, became director of Mercy Home Care and Hospice Oct. 1, and Susanne Olson became Liaison/Fund Development in November.
Dakota Plains Cooperative, headquartered in Valley City, has donated to more local charities and has even more to distribute to during this yearâs holiday season.
Every year, the cooperative donates money to organizations in the counties it serves, and then Land oâ Lakes matches the grants 100 percent.
âWe do it during the Christmas season. Itâs our opportunity to give back to the communities we serve,â general manager Ken Astrup said, adding âwe try to do it this time of the year because the need is a little bit greater now.â
The Barnes County Sheriffâs Department, Valley City Fire Department and the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a truck fire that contained hazardous, radioactive material Monday at about 3 p.m. on exit 298 on Interstate 94.
Barnes County Sheriffâs Deputy Don Fiebiger, who was at the scene, said flames were coming out of the brakes, which had overheated, and the truck driver had put the fire out himself. The fire department responded just to cool off the brake drums.
The V-500 Board of Directors held its annual Recognition Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 8 on the Valley City State University campus
V-500 is a scholarship program founded in 1972 by a group of people who realized the importance of scholarship support for Valley City State University students.
A highlight of the dinner was Dean Pedersen receiving the first volunteer of the year award given out by the V-500 board.
Pedersen said he was honored because âI got the most referralsâ for people interested in helping the scholarship program.
In Barnes County last year 720 people were victims of abuse. A total of 783 people in Barnes and surrounding counties. Of those, 638 adults and 38 children were victims of domestic violence. Another 31 adults were victims of sexual assault and 82 adults were victims of other types of abuse including terrorizing, assault, stalking, menacing and harassment According to the Abused Persons Outreach Center, Inc.
And those are just the cases that are reported. According to Michelle Grebel of the APOC domestic abuse is a silent crime because itâs so under-reported.
The Valley City Parks and Recreation District is looking for people interested in a seat on the district board opened up by the resignation of a member.
Taylor Jacobson, district director, said âa Parks and Recreation District board member resigned, and weâre looking for letters of interest by people wanting to fill it.â
Jacobson said the appointment to the open position will run through June of 2014.
Jacobson said the seat was held by Brent Gustafson, who resigned because he moved outside city limits.
The Abused Persons Outreach Center, Inc. in Valley City needs toilet paper to give to families in need, and second-graders at Jefferson Elementary School hope to collect enough of it to build a Christmas tree at the school on December 18.
Assuming each student brings in one roll of toilet paper, the tree could include 111 rolls.