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September 5th, 2012

County Officially Seeks Auditor

September 5, 2012

Barnes County will begin advertising for the vacant position of County Auditor effective today.

Normally an elected position, the chosen candidate for the job will be appointed for a term that will expire on March 31, 2015. Elections for the position will be held in November, 2014.

“Any Joe Blow could run for this office, but we have the opportunity to be a little more selective, and that doesn’t mean in two years they’re still going to have that job,” said Commissioner Cindy Schwehr.

September 4th

DAV Seeks Applicants

September 4, 2012

Valley City’s local Disabled American Veterans Chapter is seeking applicants for it’s long-running, twice-a-year scholarship program, said Jim Verwey, a chapter member and Barnes County Veterans Service Officer.

Verwey said Friday the scholarships are reserved for relatives of chapter members – “sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters.”

Valley City’s chapter is the Clarence “Tom” Lemley Chapter 24.

Sodbusters to Showcase Early Farm Life

September 4, 2012

Many of today’s farms are equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System)-powered tractors with houses filled with efficiency appliances, like refrigerators and stoves, but it wasn’t always this technologically-advanced.

This weekend, people have the opportunity to see what life was like on a farm during early days during Fort Ransom’s Sodbusters Days held Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last Show for Rodeo Clown

September 4, 2012

SIBLEY, N.D. – Careers are hard to come by in the rodeo business, but one performer has decided to hang up his nose.

Randy “SlipKnot” Scheidler said backstage at the Dazey Sodbusters Stampede and Bull-A-Rama on Sunday the annual Labor Day celebration would be his last dance in the arena as a rodeo clown. The Cambridge, Minn., native and Sodbusters Stampede veteran said he’s been in the rodeo business for over 30 years.

August 31st

Hi-Liner Boosters Throw Tailgate Party At VC Home-Opener Tonight.

August 31, 2012

Aug. 31 marks the Valley City Hi-Liners home-opener against the Dickinson Trinity Titans at 7 p.m. at Hanna Field. The game will also be the VC season opener after last Friday's game with Carrington was rained out.

The Hi-Liner Boosters will be throwing a free-will offering hamburger and brat tailgate party prior to the game at 5:15 p.m.

"The Hi-Liner Booster Club will also be conducting a membership drive during this event," said Hi-Liner Activities Director Dan Larson. "These memberships help fund the projects that give back to the youth in our community."

Museum Exhibit to Focus on Folk

August 31, 2012

Does anyone in Valley City remember the tale of the trucker who, when traveling east on I-94 through a snowstorm, gave a ride to the ghost of a dead girl who died in a blizzard?

Or can anyone in Fort Ransom recall the tale of “Beaver the Hermit,” who was framed for a murder he did not commit but managed to elude the Sheriff and his posse by hiding out in the Sheyenne River Valley?

Blonde on the Prairie: Hold on to the Old Ways as Best As You Can

August 31, 2012

I like to play “remember” with myself for one day when I’m not able to I will no longer have a game to play. I believe my mind is capable of many things that I’ve not even tapped in to yet. Phenomenally I know that I have the power to change my mood. I’ve tried it, tested it and found it most successful. For instance, I can be driving in traffic on I-94 when some whipper-snapper begins tailgating me. I’m not talking about the kind of tailgating where he is back there somewhere. I’m talking about the kind where he’s either trying to kiss the bumper on the outside of my car or the one in it.

Straus Mall Well On Its Way 2 new Valley City businesses

August 31, 2012

George Gaukler and his partners in Straus Mall Property LLC are well on their way to turning the long-time downtown Valley City landmark back into a centerpiece of the business community.

Gaukler bought the mall in October of 2011 after it lost its last tenant.
By November of 2011 Gaukler had lined up the first new tenant, Professional Eye Care, and had begun expensive renovations.

Gaukler said Thursday “the spaces are rented to a lawyer and an architect, and the mall is starting to fill up.”

August 30th

HIV, Hep-C Tests for Jail

August 30, 2012

The Barnes County Corrections Center in Valley City is in the beginning stages of procuring the means for rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing of inmates brought to the facility.

“It’s a decision made by the state, not by us,” said Valley City-Barnes County Health District Director Theresa Will on Wednesday.

Will said that the jail currently takes swabs to test for HIV but does not get results for about five or six days, and that those tests are being phased out. So far jail staff has not been trained in using the rapid tests.

Conference to Feature Food from D.C. Restaurant

August 30, 2012

JAMESTOWN—Women who attend a leadership development conference in September will have a rare opportunity to taste food from the Washington, D.C.-based Founding Farmers restaurant.

The first annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference kicks off in Jamestown on Sept. 21-22. The conference is one of a variety of educational programs hosted by the Farmers Union for its members.

Carla Edinger, member operations coordinator for North Dakota Farmers Union, said in recent years the Farmers Union has really developed its women development programs.

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