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October 10th, 2012
People who need help paying heating bills this winter may be eligible for assistance through the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
Barnes County Social Services began accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Oct. 1. LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered through the state.
On Tuesday, Mari Quittschreiber at Social Services said so far about 100 people have signed up for the program.
âWeâve probably had less people applying now than last year at this time,â Quittschreiber said.
Money raised from Litchvilleâs Annual Pie and Pickinâ social will be used to help deal with a $5,000 milk bill left unpaid when Litchville Enterprises, which owned the townâs grocery store, closed down, said Arlene Andrus Monday.
To help, the Oct. 13 monthly Valley City Bluegrass Jam has been moved to Litchville, and will take place with the social.
Andrus, whoâs leading the effort, was a stockholder and former Litchville Enterprises board member.
Glendaâs Beauty Salon is still a buzzing and well-known salon in Valley City, but the owner, Glenda Sherman, has not worked there for a couple years due to a hand injury. Sherman now rents out four of the stations in her shop to individual stylists. Although sheâs been retired for a couple years, sheâll be officially celebrating with an open house later this month.
âIâve had two shops in Valley,â Sherman said of her lifelong career as a hairdresser.
Valley City Public School Administrators are developing a survey for parents, students, staff and possibly the general public to garner input on how the schools operate.
On Monday, schools superintendent Dean Koppelman said administrators would meet Tuesday to discuss the particulars of the survey, which will be opened roughly in the first week of November to coincide with parent-teacher conferences.
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.