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October 17th, 2012
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Valley City Public Schools are participating in National School Lunch Week that began Oct. 8 and runs through Friday.
More than 28 million children are served lunch every school day, in more than 99,000 schools. âHere at Valley City Public Schools we serve about 900 kids at lunch each day. For some, this lunch is their most important meal of the day,â said Sue Milender, nutrition services director.
Barnes County commissioners approved in a 3-2 vote to move 911 operations to the county. The decision came after much discussion both during the regular county commission meeting Tuesday and in meetings prior involving the city and county over who would control 911.
A mid-2013 deadline to upgrade existing 911 systems to digital, ânext generationâ 911 was set by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Valley City and Barnes County are interested in a joint powers agreement that has been formed between Richland and Stutsman County for sharing the cost of the new equipment.
A scam has begun circulating in Valley City, trying to convince residents they have won $50 in gift cards, said Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson Monday.
Thompson said Valley City police learned of the scam about one week ago. It consists of written documents claiming the user can obtain vouchers for $50 in Walmart gift cards in return for receiving up to three issues of magazines. Readers are instructed to call an 800 number to receive the gift card voucher.
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The District 24 Democrats held their annual Fall Roundup Friday evening at the VFW Club in Valley City.
The Democratic-NPL evening featured a meal, live auction and silent auction. Special recognition was paid to retiring District 24 Representatives Phil Mueller and Ralph Metcalf.
Larry Robinson, State Senator, said, âRalph Metcalf and Phil Muller served with distinction in the North Dakota House of Representatives.
A weekend tractor fire in Barnes County killed an 87-year-old rural Litchville man, said Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin Monday afternoon.
McClaflin said that Wesley Ten Pas was burning a slough Saturday when the flames grew out of control and burned the tractor he was driving. âHis tractor caught on fire, he tried to put it out, and the fire overtook him,â McClaflin said.
Ten Pas was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he died from his burns, McClaflin said.
Students in grades 4-6 and their parents are encouraged to spend Saturday afternoon discovering the river that runs through Valley City.
Participants will learn about where the water of the Sheyenne River comes from, where it goes and the creatures that call it home.
A federal push is underway this week to encourage people to visit national wildlife refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week. From Oct. 14 - 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants citizens to celebrate Americaâs wildlife heritage, and see what wildlife refuges are doing to conserve it.
âNational wildlife refuges play a crucial role in conserving Americaâs wildlife legacy,â says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe in a news release. âRefuges also play important roles in human communities.
Barnes County has been awarded a Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant designed to help various communities and residents to recover from the 2011 flood disaster in North Dakota, said Kimberly Franklin, director of Barnes County Emergency Management.
Barnes County has been allocated $93,000 to assist homeowners to rehabilitate their flood damaged homes.
Barnes County Commissioner Cindy Schwehr said Franklin had notified her the county received the grant.
Supporters of Measure 5 released a list of crimes against animals in the state in response to critics of the measure that would strengthen the legal penalties in cases of animal cruelty.
âAcross the countryâeverywhere but North Dakota and South Dakotaâthe worst acts of cruelty to dogs, cats and horses are considered felonies, yet these vicious crimes happen here, too,â said Karen Thunshelle, campaign manager for North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty.
Some monsters may soon be returning to local waters.
The National Fish Hatchery near Valley City is in the process of relaunching the stateâs muskie (muskellunge) program. Muskies are the largest member of the pike family, typically growing from 30 to 50 inches long.
âThe rebuilding of that program is in its infancy,â said fish hatchery director Kurt Eversman.