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October 9th, 2012
The Valley City State University Planetarium is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and only has a few shows left before campus construction puts it into a nine-month hiatus. In the meantime the university is hoping the planetarium can rekindle some old friendships and start some new ones.
âFriends of the Planetariumâ donate money to help the planetarium operate. Barnes County Museum Curator Wes Anderson teaches a physics course, âPlanetarium Science,â at VCSU and his students put together a new program every year.
Valley City High School drama students arenât only learning how to act in this yearâs production; theyâre also getting a feel for military life. Students are being taught to march properly and may even wear authentic Korean War uniforms.
Drama director Carol Foth said sheâd like to see if area Korean War veterans would be interested in lending their uniforms and other war memorabilia to the school for students to use as costumes and props in their upcoming MASH production.
The Southeast Region of the North Dakota Highway Patrol is keeping up with troopers in the oil patch when comparing overloaded truck citations issued this year compared to last year.
The agency said it had handed out more overload fees from January, 2012, through September than it had in all of 2011. While many of those citations were written in the bustling Bakken Oil Field, the rest of the state as seen some âheavy trafficâ as well.
Earl Kramer got quite the birthday gift this year when he traveled to Canada to pick up a mounted bear that he shot on his birthday in June last year.
After waiting an entire year to get the rare cinnamon-colored black bear in a full-body mount, Kramer finally got to see his prize on his birthday this year.
The bear, which stands up with one paw in the air and on top of a tree trunk stand, is displayed in a picture window in Kramerâs house in Rogers.
The National Rifle Association recently endorsed both Republican Dwight Kiefert for the North Dakota District 24 House of Representatives and Democratic North Dakota U.S. House Candidate Pam Gulleson.
According to the NRA, Kiefert has received the NRAâs âAQâ rating for being a pro-gun/pro hunting candidate who supports the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. âThe NRA appreciates Dwightâs enthusiasm for the Second Amendment and the attention to firearm-related issues.â
Kiefert is a member of the NRA and is an avid hunter. He enjoys being involved with teaching youth gun safety.
I have a secret. Only my uber-close friends know about it and still they donât accept it. Some of you have the same secret. I thought I could keep it forever but working at Hospice has taught me itâs time to share it.
Iâm not actively dying but Iâm not actively living either. I can make myself appear busy and Lord knows I can speak how busy I am. Thatâs not part of the secret. Thatâs part of the lie. We lie to ourselves more often than we tell ourselves the truth. Thatâs why weâre a universe of people with struggles. We believe the lies and discard the truths.
TOWER CITY â Tower Cityâs park continues to benefit from grants that help the public facility to keep growing.
Scott Tichy, a member of the Tower City Park Board, said Thursday two years ago the park received a 50/50 matching state recreational facility grant that allowed the park board to put in a new playground.
About two weeks ago, the park board finished putting in a 1,200 foot walking path around the park it built with a 2011 national recreational trails grant.
A man was jailed in Valley City on Wednesday on suspicion of violating a restraining order against him.
Herb Brady, living in southeast Valley City, was taken into custody by Valley City police officers Dave Swenson and Wade Hannig. He had allegedly violated an order prohibiting contact and a bail order out of Cass County.
âHe was ordered not to have contact with the victim and he had contact with her,â said Stateâs Attorney Lee Grossman.
The Festival of Trees â a long-running fundraiser for the Mercy HealthCare Foundation â has been set for Nov. 24 at the Valley City Eagles Aerie, said Stephanie Mayfield, organizer of this yearâs event.
Mayfield, until recently executive vice president of the Valley City Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday this is the first time she has been involved in the fundraiser.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds for hospital capital expenses, such as equipment, that are not covered by normal operating revenues.
People from the area will join together Sunday, Oct. 21 to walk for a subject they hope to shed some light on.Â
The 2012 âOut of the Darknessâ community walk has been hosted annually for the past three years by Mercy Hospitalâs Wellness in the Valley along with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Debbie Anderson, director of Wellness in the Valley, said the intention of the walk, which also takes place in communities around the nation, is to bring the topic of suicide out of the darkness.