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Dakota Plains Cooperative, headquartered in Valley City, has donated to more local charities and has even more to distribute to during this yearâ€™s 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.
â€śWe do it during the Christmas season. Itâ€™s our opportunity to give back to the communities we serve,â€ť general manager Ken Astrup said, adding â€śwe try to do it this time of the year because the need is a little bit greater now.â€ť
The Barnes County Sheriffâ€™s 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 Sheriffâ€™s 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 â€śI got the most referralsâ€ť 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 itâ€™s 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 â€śa Parks and Recreation District board member resigned, and weâ€™re looking for letters of interest by people wanting to fill it.â€ť
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.
People who may have been exposed to a rabid cat in Jamestown last month should contact the North Dakota State Department of Health.
The cat was found Nov. 30 by local animal control authorities close to the Tesoro gas station at 2015 Eighth Avenue S.W. in Jamestown. The adult female cat was an orange and white tabby with long hair and was declawed.
The cat tested positive for rabies at the North Dakota Department of Healthâ€™s Division of Laboratory Services on Dec. 6.
Valley Cityâ€™s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serviceâ€™s Valley City Wetland Management District office is looking for Valley City and Barnes County residents to participate in a Christmas Bird Count Wednesday, Dec. 19, said Terry Gwilliams, range technician.
After three months assessing Valley City, about 20 undergraduate and graduate students at North Dakota State University have come up with lists of community strengths and weaknesses included in an 11-chapter written report.
Students did the assessment as an assignment for Dr. Gary Gorehamâ€™s Community Assessment class.
Goreham is chairman of and professor in the NDSU sociology and anthropology department.
Students outlined results for advisory committee members Thursday in a meeting at the Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center.
Ice anglers should know what theyâ€™re doing before they go out onto the ice. This is what Scott Tichy, park ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Ashtabula, wants people to know.
No ice is ever really safe, said Tichy, but ice conditions on Lake Ashtabula are currently poor. Some of the ice is thick enough for walking on, and some isnâ€™t. And when a person is on the ice, he canâ€™t tell if it is an inch thick or four inches thick, the recommended thickness for walking on.
Itâ€™s best to stay off until the weather is cooler, urged Tichy.