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June 22nd, 2012

Saturday Farmers Market celebrates Dairy Month

June 22, 2012

Special to the Times-Record

Saturday, June 23 from 10 am to 12 noon the Farmers Market will celebrate National Dairy Month by having free samples of yogurt available for the first 200 people that come to the market. A variety of flavors will be available.

The Farmers Market is partnering with the Young People’s Healthy Heart Program at Mercy Hospital and the Midwest Dairy Council for this event, and will have many recipes for people to pick up that use yogurt.

Construction of New Bridge Nears Completion

June 22, 2012

The finishing touches are being applied to the new North Valley Bridge on County Road 21 north of Valley City, and the days are numbered for the old bridge.

“The (new) bridge itself is about complete,” said Barnes County Highway superintendent Kerry Johnson. “They have some coating to put on the railing, abutments and piers and then remove the rest of the forms... I would say there’s less than a week’s worth of work on the actual bridge itself.”

June 21st

VC schools face first consequence of “No Child Left Behind”

June 21, 2012

Valley City schools’ graduation rates and Adequate Yearly Progress have not met with the standards set forth by the “No Child Left Behind” Act for two years now, and the district is facing the first in a long line of consequences.

The consequences, called “Program Improvement,” begin after students fail to meet the benchmarks in two years, and PIs increase for every year the school continues to fall short of the act’s requirements.

Everyone invited to Relay

June 21, 2012

The public is invited to camp out, play games, eat food and rally against cancer at this year’s Barnes County Relay for Life. The event will kick off Friday at 6 p.m. and will last through the night, ending at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Team developer Carol Grenz said that while it’s too late to coordinate a team, anybody is welcome to Relay at any time throughout the event.

Light ‘em up: Labor Club to allow smoking after 2-month ban

June 21, 2012

Smokers savored their cigarettes inside the Labor Club on Tuesday after the bar decided to reverse its two-month-old ban on smoking.

The Club went smoke free on April 1, and since then bar owner Kerry Anderson said the Club took a 40 percent hit in sales.

“It’s all business,” Anderson said. “We gave it a fair shot and it lasted for two months of the worst sales I’ve ever had in the history of my business here. It was worse than I ever expected to be. So all these people who tell you to go smoke free and business will pick up, it’s false in the bar business.”

June 20th

Staycations – fun at home!

June 20, 2012

With summer’s arrival, families turn to the age-old question: “What should we do for a summer vacation?” Well, there are the usual answers and then there’s something that is fairly new to our vocabulary – staycations.

According to Webster’s Dictionary and Wikipedia, staycation is a newly coined term for a period in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home, possibly taking day trips to area attractions. They became popular during our country’s recent financial downturn as families sought inexpensive ideas for spending time together.

Chamber, Winter Show consolidate staffs

June 20, 2012

Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce and North Dakota Winter Show boards have decided to consolidate their staffs and name Winter Show Manager Dawn Riley executive vice president of the Chamber.

The two groups notified members of the agreement in an email message sent late Tuesday morning.

Tuesday Riley said she learned of the decision to consolidate Monday.

'Sanborn Situation' escalates

June 20, 2012

Terry Didier, owner of Didier's Ag Center in Sanborn, reported a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train blocking the exits in the city at 10:33 a.m. Tuesday, like he does almost every day when a train blocks off the city. Over an hour later, the Barnes County Commission decided to get tough with BNSF over the Sanborn situation after a scheduled discussion at a county commission meeting.

The county approved overtime for the Sheriff's Office to monitor the trains and cite the engineers who park longer than state law allows. The office will also look into video surveillance.

June 19th

VCSU recognizes its major donors donors

June 19, 2012

Valley City State University honored its Diamond Level, Regents Level and Legacy Society donors Monday in a recognition luncheon at Sabir’s Dining and Lounge.

About 50 people attended the luncheon and program presented by the VCSU Foundation.

Recognized at the Diamond Level, for $100,000 to $249,000 were Dacotah Bank, Robert and Jan Ingstad and Ralph and Carolyn Kolstoe.

School district looks to improve

June 19, 2012

The Valley City School Board discussed how and why the district failed to meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act and how they were going to work to achieve them in the future at Monday’s regular board meeting.

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