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August 10th, 2012

Hatchery Stocks Fishing Pond

August 10, 2012

Employees and volunteers at the Valley City National Fish Hatchery were busy Wednesday stocking a recreational fishing pond for youth with breeder black crappies, readying the fishing hole for use.

Noah Kvilang, 15, a student at Valley City High School, was dipping nets full of the young adult fish out of a tank on a trailer towed by a pickup truck and emptying them into the pond.

Kvilang said he helped out earlier this summer in the Youth Conservation Corps, and decided to continue helping as a volunteer.

Interim Auditor Appointed

August 10, 2012

Barnes County Deputy Auditor Julie Mindt was selected Tuesday by the Barnes County Commission to temporarily fill the role of resigning County Auditor Ed McGough. McGough officially vacated his seat on Wednesday.

The former auditor missed most of 2011 due to ongoing health problems, which he cited as his reason for leaving now.

Mindt said she doesn’t know how long she’ll be interim auditor.
“I’m hoping for a lot of support,” she said Thursday.

August 9th

Rosebud’s Weekend Worker Awarded for Her Customer Service

August 9, 2012

Lila Bemis doesn’t remember exactly when she started working weekends at the Rosebud Visitors Center, but she does know her time there is enjoyable.
Bemis, who is a retired tax accountant, works at the Rosebud every Saturday, Sunday and summer holiday, single-handedly keeping operations running when other employees aren’t there.

Wednesday, Dawn Riley, executive vice president for the Valley City Chamber of Commerce, presented Bemis with the Chamber’s monthly customer service award.

911 Upgrades Edging Ahead

August 9, 2012

An overhaul of the 911 system in Barnes County inched forward on Tuesday as the Barnes County Commission voted 3-2 on a multi-faceted measure to proceed.

“Most of this stuff we would have done regardless of which route we go,” said Commissioner Eldred Knutson.

A year ago the county commission voted to remain the governing board for 911 services and established an advisory committee with city commission and emergency service representatives to over see finances and other operations.

VC Fish Hatchery Working to Become Public Destination

August 9, 2012

Kurt Eversman, manager of the Valley City National Fish Hatchery since March, is working to make the federal facility located about 2.5 miles north and west of Valley City a recreational destination.

Wednesday Eversman, 28, said “I would like to see people on the property. This is federal property and people should be able to come and enjoy it.”

August 8th

City Looks at Long Term Infrastructure

August 8, 2012

The Valley City City Commission reconsidered the possibility of selling the City Auditorium and heard city engineering firm Kadrmas Lee and Jackson’s long-range plans for infrastructure improvements for the city during its regular meeting Monday.

City Commissioner Matt Pedersen spoke with his fellow commissioners about the possiblity of selling the City Auditorium to private parties, which the city has been considering for some time, before this particular commission was seated.

Truck Damaged in I-94 Crash

August 8, 2012

No one was injured in a one-vehicle accident 4:06 p.m. Monday on Interstate 94 at milepost 306, according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Benjamin Rau of West Fargo was driving a 2001 Kenworth truck east on Interstate 94 when the front right tire of the vehicle blew, causing Rau to lose control of the vehicle. He was wearing a seatbelt.

It swerved sharply to the right and left the roadway, entering the south ditch. He was able to steer the vehicle enough to keep it from overturning and tried to stop after entering the ditch.

Lettenmaier Voted off Water Board

August 8, 2012

Barnes County Water Resource District board members Pat Hurley and Duane Lettenmaier are good friends, but on Tuesday, they could not have been further apart.

The two faced off against each other Tuesday afternoon as the commission voted to remove Lettenmaier for misconduct in office. The charges were brought by the water board’s vice president Hurley. Hurley often portrays a jovial demeanor at public meetings, but was notably dour during the hearing to remove Lettenmaier and after the commission made it’s final decision on Tuesday.

August 7th

What to Do About Whooping Cough

August 7, 2012

Pertussis or whooping cough has been making the news lately, with outbreaks in many parts of the country. The state of Washington already has had a total of 2,520 cases this year and California had 10 infants die of the disease in 2010. North Dakota has had more than 80 cases documented so far this year and Minnesota has had high numbers of pertussis. With our mobile society it is even more important that we all do what we can to prevent the spread of this disease.

New Facility for National Guard

August 7, 2012

Valley City has been home to National Guard facilities for decades. But with the Guard expanding, the Valley Development Group and city officials are working with the National Guard to establish a new, updated facility for them in Valley City.

Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said that the National Guard would like a new site altogether for their new development, and the city has offered five or six different sites, from which the National Guard is in the process of choosing.

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