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When Valley Cityâs Rosie Larson was a young child, she saw a tree decorated with mittens in the window of a bank in Detroit Lakes. That tree happened to be a charity campaign that helps those in need during the holiday season.
âBeing from a poor family myself, I didnât have mittens or boots, and I thought when I get older, âIâm going to make sure they have the necessities,ââ Larson said.
And so for the 35th straight year, Larson, being the director of a local, independent charity organization called Valley City Cares, has organized an annual mitten tree in Valley City.
Saturday, December 8
Fourth Annual Christmas Cookie Extravaganza will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. Grace Free Lutheran Church, 2351 West Main, Valley City
In an article titled "VCSU to Host Holiday Extravaganza Concert," that was published in the Dec. 5 edition on page 5, the mentioned concert was actually held last Saturday, Dec. 1, and will not be held this Saturday, Dec. 8. The Times-Record regrets the error.
A holiday-season farmerâs market is scheduled for Saturdays until Christmas at the Barnes County Historical Museum from noon to 2 p.m.
Available this month will be holiday crafts, baked goods, fall veggies, and Christmas evergreens.
According to organizer Becky Huber, the winter farmerâs market will be a great place to purchase gifts of locally made Christmas crafts from vendors that include Candy Rasmussen and Janice Syverson, Huber and more.
Shoppers can also enjoy visiting the museum.
The Elevate Within Holiday Extravaganza, which is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valley City Eagles Club, is just one way the organization hopes to help people de-stress during the holidays.
Valley City State University students spent Thursday packaging up books and other supplies for soldiers as a service learning project and charity campaign.
The students in professor Jonna Zinielâs human communication course have spent the past two weeks gathering donations, including books, cards and letters and basic toiletries, to send to soldiers serving overseas.
The organization, called âBooks for Soldiers,â has grown from sending just books to much more.
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North Dakotaâs new smoke-free law, passed by more than two-thirds of North Dakota voters, will take effect on Dec. 6. The new law strengthens North Dakotaâs existing smoke-free law by making all public places smoke free.
For the second year in a row, deputies with the Barnes County Sheriffâs Department are working to make the holiday season a bit brighter for county families in need.
Deputy Scott Crump said he and fellow deputy Don Fiebiger started Deputy Secret Santas in 2011, to benefit families in Barnes County. âWe specialize in families in need with financial burdens.â
The emergency room nurses at Mercy Hospital were recently honored for their efforts in talking with families about tissue donation.
The group was given the 2012 tissue partner of the year award from LifeSource, a nonprofit organ and tissue donation organization that serves North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
In October, hospital administrator Keith Heuser attended the North Dakota Hospital Association annual meeting.
With the help of a $150,000 grant, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons is creating a Girl Scout camp volunteer delivery program to reignite camping experiences for todayâs busy girls.
Through the grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Girl Scouts will create a new training platform for volunteers which will bring camp opportunities into the many communities served by the council.
The grant will benefit Valley City Girl Scouts, said Ann Metli, a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons council, which serves Girl Scouts in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.