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January 23rd, 2012

USPS raises First-Class Mail rates

January 23, 2012

Time to dig out those one-cent stamps. The cost of mailing a letter inside the country is set to cost a penny more, as the U.S. Postal Service raised its First-Class Mail stamp rate from 44 to 45 cents, effective Jan. 22.

According to Valley City Postmaster Sherry Johnson, the overall price increase is small and is needed to help address the Postal Service's current financial crisis. The price hike comes on the heels of the Postal Service sustaining a $5.1 billion net loss for the fiscal year ending in September 2011.

January 22nd

Travel alert for Valley City and Bismarck areas remain in effect

January 22, 2012

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) issued a Travel Alert in parts of southern and eastern North Dakota Sunday morning. The Travel Alert has been extended to include the Valley City area due to freezing rain and potential heavy snowfall creating icy and snow covered roadways. The Travel Alert now includes areas surrounding Bismarck, Jamestown and Valley City.

January 21st

Barnes County Relay For Life Kick-Off

January 21, 2012

Relay For Life 2012 is underway after a delicious spaghetti dinner kick-off held at the Valley City Eagles Club on Saturday, January 21st. The Barnes County Relay Team entertained with Disney theme, costume contests (both adults and children)and karoakee with Hammer's Entertainment.

January 19th

Theatre I & II to close in February

January 19, 2012

Wayne Loberg, owner of local movie house The Theatre I & II, revealed in an email Thursday that The Theatre will be closing its doors for good Thursday, Feb. 2.  

Loberg said that after working at the theater for nearly 30 years, he has reached retirement age. He stated regretfully in his email, "The economics of the movie business are such that continued operation is just not feasible. The numbers don't lie, and the Valley City moviegoing market simply can't sustain the huge cost necessary to keep a movie theater operating here. Sad but seemingly inevitable."

High risk sex offender moves to Valley City

January 19, 2012

The Valley City Police Department reports that a high risk sex offender will be living at 135 2nd St. southeast in Valley City.

Tyler Wayne Delmore, 27, was convicted of gross sexual imposition in Barnes County District Court on July 18, 2005 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl without a condom. Delmore was 19 at the time of the incident. He was sentenced to five years in prison with two years suspended and five years of supervised probation.

Don't forget to vote!

January 19, 2012

With the Jan. 24 recall election less than a week away, Valley City residents are reminded that absentee ballots are still available at City Hall until Jan. 23 for those who wish to cast their vote early.

Eligible voters who live within city limits can both register to vote and pick up their absentee ballots at City Hall. Once the ballot is filled out and sealed, voters must remember to sign and date the outside of the yellow envelope to make their vote official.

Twins bring big-league conversation to Valley City

January 19, 2012

As Ron Gardenhire stood up and took the microphone at Trestle's Bar and Grill Tuesday, he saw a bear out of the corner of his eye.
The brown bear, just over seven feet tall, was only feet from numerous Valley City residents and mulling around the platters of beans, grilled hot dogs and potato chips.

Fortunately for the bear, Gardenhire, Manager of the Minnesota Twins baseball team, saw him first.
"T.C., you know they do shoot things out here?" Gardenhire said to the team's jersey-clad mascot. "You've got to get away from the hotdogs."

January 18th

Corps requests comments on Tolna Coulee

January 18, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is requesting public comments on its operating plan for the Tolna Coulee control structure.

Tolna Coulee is upstream from Valley City in the flood-plagued Devils Lake Basin. The proposed operating plan can be found at http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/fl_damage_reduct/default.asp?pageid=1779.

Public input may be sent to the Corps of Engineers project manager Bill Csajko at william.l.csajko@usace.army.mil, (651) 290-5854 or 180 E. 5th St. Suite 700, St. Paul, Minn, 55101-1678.

Education briefs

January 18, 2012

King speech rediscovered by Ohio teacher, student
CLEVELAND (AP) — A recording of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is getting new attention after being found in 2010 by an Ohio high school art teacher and student searching through items the school library was discarding.
The 1967 speech preserved on reel-to-reel tape was given, and found, at Glenville High School in Cleveland. In it, King says "Our power does not lie in Molotov cocktails. ... Our power lies in our ability to say nonviolently that we aren't gonna take it any longer."

January 17th

ON THE MOVE to host supermarket tours in Valley City

January 17, 2012

Special to the Times-Record

Have you ever wondered which bread is the healthiest, or which margarine to buy or which cereal is best for your family? With thousands of products lining the shelves of the grocery stores, it can be overwhelming to shop when considering health, budget and taste.

Become a supermarket sleuth and search out healthy foods at the ON THE MOVE Supermarket Tours. There will be a tour at Marketplace Foods on Tuesday, January 24 from 5:15-6:15 pm. There will also be a tour at Leevers on Thursday, January 26 from 10:00-11:00am.

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