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June 26th, 2012

Public Works Releases Water Quality Report

June 26, 2012

Valley City Public Works released its Annual Drinking Water Quality Report this month, which studied the city’s drinking water from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 in 2011.

“I’m pleased to announce that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements,” water treatment plant manager Wade Hesch said in the report.

The North Dakota Department of Health has found that Valley City’s drinking water is susceptible to potential contaminants, but claimed the sources of that contamination “are no longer identifiable.”

Annual Sibley Days to be Held All Day Saturday

June 26, 2012

The normally small and quaint lakeside town of Sibley will be busier with locals participating in games and activities Saturday during Sibley Days. Ruth Eberle, who helps coordinate the event, said she hopes everyone can make it for a day of family fun.

The annual event, which will take place at the Sibley crossing, will begin at 10 a.m. with a craft and flea market outside The Fishtank, a bar and restaurant in Sibley. Eberle said anyone can participate in the market.

“You can show up that morning and that’s just fine,” she said. “You don’t have to register.”

June 25th

SWC: No Phone Calls

June 25, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. – In what Richard Betting, of People to Save the Sheyenne, calls a blow to government transparency in North Dakota, the State Water Commission will no longer allow citizens to call in and listen to SWC meetings.

David Laschkewitsch, director of administrative services for the SWC, said Friday that there are several reasons for the move, mainly that the commission’s phone technology is not conducive to the process.

“We have no interest in hiding anything,” he said. “That is not our desire: to make it more difficult.”

State Engineer Has Final Call on DL Outlet

June 25, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. – The fate of the Sheyenne and Red River Valleys are in one man’s hands: State Engineer Todd Sando.

On Friday, Richard Betting of the People to Save the Sheyenne and Valley City City Commissioner Madeline Luke of the Ad Hoc Downstream Group presented testimony to Sando at a hearing on the permit that would allow the newly constructed outlet on the east end of Devils Lake to operate. The outlet would drain into the Sheyenne River, which feeds into the Red River of the North and runs into Canada.

Cancer Survivors Join Together

June 25, 2012

For some it’s a chance to remember, others a reason to celebrate, but every step taken at the Barnes County Relay for Life was a step toward finding a cure for cancer.

“The world with less cancer and more birthdays gets closer with every Relay for Life event,” said emcee Paul Leier during the opening ceremony.

Funds raised from the event go to the American Cancer Society, which sponsors Relay for Life, to find cures and fight back against cancer, team developer Carol Grenz said.

June 22nd

Blonde on the Prairie: Just Take It by the Month

June 22, 2012

If you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was 5 I would have told you I wanted to be a penguin breeder. It wasn’t until I turned 17 that I knew for a fact I wanted to be the television weather girl. Now that I’m ripe and nearly 46 I have an insatiable desire to teach as much as I learn and I want to do it living.

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.

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