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August 6th, 2012
Another academic year is quickly approaching, and faculty and students at Valley City State University will be immersed in a variety of changes throughout campus.
Known for being a leader in technology, VCSU has been issuing each student a laptop during the academic year since 1996. The laptops come equipped with software programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop Elements. Students also gain access to other software programs when they are enrolled in certain courses.
Barnes County Auditor Ed McGough is resigning from his elected position after more than a quarter century, citing health problems as his reason for leaving.
"This job actually takes - to really do a good job - 50 hours a week and I can't get 40 in," McGough said. "When I did the elections is when it really hit me. I got sick because I was doing too much in too many hours and was too stressed."
Fall weather may make an early appearance this weekend as a cold front is expected to move though the area Friday and Saturday according to graphical forecast data from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
Fridayâ€™s low temperature is expected to bottom out at 50 degrees with thunderstorms expected to continue into Saturday. The total rainfall is expected to be less than a quarter inch and the humidity will be low.
Special to the Times-Record
The Maasjo Sisters from the Valley City and Fingal area will be sharing their talents at the final evening of music on the Courthouse lawn on Wednesday, August 8 at 7:15 p.m.
I was born blessed with the curse of caring. What an enigmatic statement that is. â€śBlessed with a curse.â€ť Does that even make sense? When you are an overly-sensitive soul you may find yourself overusing words like: discernment, gut-feelings, sensing and empathy. The blessing in the curse is that you and I were chose to care. The curse is the burden the care exaggerates in those of us who arenâ€™t created with an â€śoffâ€ť button. How nice and comfortable life would be if I could just care for a moment and let it go. The curse. Itâ€™s never-ending this blessing of being cursed with care.
The Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals will be hosting its fourth annual Wag and Walk-A-Thon later this month and is currently seeking volunteers.
Tracy Lee, who will be coordinating the event, said participants will fill out a brouchure that has a pledge sheet. Participants will gather pledges from friends, family and neighbors.
Lee said anyone can volunteer, and they are looking for people to fill a variety of tasks.
Valley City tops the list of North Dakota businesses designated as â€śinfant friendlyâ€ť by the North Dakota Department of Health with seven for the city, said Deanna Askew, Healthy Communities for the N.D. Department of Health.
This year the health department designated 20 state businesses as infant friendly.
Designated Valley City businesses are the City-County Health District, City of Valley City, Sanford Health Clinic, Sanford Health Eye Clinic, Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, Valley City State University and the Circle of Friends Preschool.
An invasive plant species is keeping area ranchers and the Barnes County Weed Control Board on its toes.
Weed Control Director Jim McAllister said Spotted Knapweed has been in the area for about eight years, but now it is threatening a widespread infestation.
â€śWe consider thereâ€™s probably 225 acres infested, and the bad part about it is it makes pasture virtually worthless,â€ť he said. â€śThe Knapweed is an annual or a short-lived biennial, but it still has the ability to choke out anything thatâ€™s growing.â€ť
Eight faculty members and one translator from Hangzhou, China visited Valley City Wednesday where they toured Valley City State University and the downtown area.
Each summer, a group of faculty from Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) College visit the Fargo area, and VCSU partners with North Dakota State University to host a portion of their visit.
The professors arrived at about 9 a.m. and started their tour at the university.
Governor Jack Dalrymple signed an executive order on Monday that suspends the limit of sulfates in the Sheyenne River as the new outlets on East Devils Lake pump high-sulfate water into the river which is the primary source of drinking water for Valley City.