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September 14th, 2012

Blonde on the Prairie: Take the Time to Wonder

September 14, 2012

It usually happens when I’m the passenger in a car. It also shows itself when I’m quietly waiting to be called in to an appointment. The worst time is right before I’m ready to fall asleep. Wonder. Quite frankly, wonder appears most everywhere I go during my day. I don’t invite it along and just like a wood tick it attaches itself to me and comes along for the ride. It shows itself when I don’t really want it to.

Pamida Sale Ending, Remodeling to Start

September 14, 2012

The liquidation sale at Pamida will end Saturday, and the store will be closed for a week starting Sunday as remodeling goes into full swing to convert Pamida to a Shopko Hometown store.

The store will re-open Sept. 23, selling consumables, such as health and beauty items, over-the-counter medication, beverages, snacks and candy.
The remainder of Valley City’s store will not be fully-stocked when it opens again as the apparel and home departments will still need to be converted.

Big Crowds For Big Iron Show

September 14, 2012

WEST FARGO, N.D.—The smell of popcorn and fried food and the roar of 1,000 conversations filled the air amidst the swirling mass of people attending the 32nd annual Big Iron Farm Show at the West Fargo Fairgrounds this week.
The show was expected to attract more than 800 exhibitors and vendors and more than 80,000 people from around the world.

September 13th

Enforcement Increased on County Roads

September 13, 2012

Last week, Barnes County Highway Superintendent Kerry Johnson responded to a complaint that a campaign sign was posted in the county’s right of way along a county road, obstructing the view of oncoming traffic.

Johnson drove out to the area and noticed the field appeared in the county’s right of way as well. The right-of-way on the road extends 75 feet from the center and the edge of the field was 39 feet from the center.

Legacy Place Tenants to Show Artwork Friday

September 13, 2012

Residents at The Legacy Place have the opportunity to show off their artistic abilities Friday during an “Art for the Ages” art exhibit open house.

The Legacy Place, an assisted living facility in Valley City, is hosting the event in honor of National Assisted Living Week, which began on Grandparent’s Day, Sept. 9, and continues until Saturday.

Schools-Parents Meeting Had Low Attendance

September 13, 2012

There are 1,109 students enrolled in Valley City Public Schools this year, who have several hundred parents or guardians. However, as the principals of the four schools in the district gave a presentation to parents and the general public about the district failing to meet federal academic requirements, only two parents showed up: School board member Rich Ross and St. Catherine’s fifth-grade teacher Dawn Ihry.

September 12th

State Reports Crash Data

September 12, 2012

The North Dakota Department of Transportation recently released the “2011 North Dakota Crash Summary” and the numbers are fairly grim.

“It’s getting worse,” Kasey Skalicki, Safe Communities coordinator with the Valley City-Barnes County Health District, said Tuesday. “In 2011 we had 148 motor vehicle deaths, which is 43 more than in 2010. We have been increasing steadily this year, we’re way ahead of time.”

Skalicki said seat belts and sober driving would have saved many of the lives lost on North Dakota roads in 2011 and 2012.

Out With the Old... Demolition Date Set For Old North Valley Bridge

September 12, 2012

The old North Valley Bridge is set for demolition on Sept. 17 after serving the residents of Valley City and north central Barnes County, as well as thousands upon thousands of visitors to Lake Ashtabula over the past several decades.

The last vehicles crossed the bridge on the afternoon of Aug. 16, when traffic was then permanently switched over to the new, $2.4 million North Valley Bridge, built along the east side of the existing bridge.

Open Door Center Residents Keep Busy With Vehicle Wash

September 12, 2012

For just $30, Valley City residents can have their vehicles cleaned, inside and out, by residents of the Open Door Center, which is a local organization that provides day, residential and vocational services for individuals with disabilities including children and adults with developmental disabilities, adults with mental illness and people with a traumatic brain injury.

The car wash program is run through a nonprofit company called Nish, which specializes in finding work for people with disabilities.

September 11th

Program and Funeral Set for Deceased Pilot

September 11, 2012

Food that was planned for but never used at the canceled Wing and Wheels AirShow will be used at a memorial service for Robert Odegaard of Kindred, who died during a practice run Friday at the Barnes County Muncipal Airport.

The Fly In: Odegaard Pancakes event will take place at the Fargo Air Museum from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Guests will be served the pancakes that were scheduled to be served Sunday during a fundraising breakfast at the airshow, said Toby McPherson, co-director of the airshow along with Barnes County Airport Authority clerk Lori Jury.

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