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May 23rd, 2012
North Dakota residents are finally being recognized for more than their friendliness, hard work ethic, oil reserves and the Coen brothersâ€™ movie â€śFargo.â€ť
According to a report from Conning Research and Consulting, a Connecticut-based money management firm with $87 billion in assets, North Dakota ranked No. 1 in credit quality.
The rankings are based on 13 indicators including state revenue growth, year-over-year employment gains and foreclosure rates.
In November, the state was still ranked behind Wyoming.
Blake Curtis Dinger, 42, of Bloomer, Wiscinson was cited for fleeing to elude by Jamestown police officers after leading units from Barnes and Stutsman counties on a pursuit down Interstate 94.
Police Chief Ettinger of the Jamestown Police Department said that officers received a call that there was an erratic driver at about mile marker 256 in the east bound lanes of I94. Two Jamestown Police Department units soon got behind the Jeep Cherokee.
When the driver would not pull over, two sheriff department units from the Stutsman County Sheriffâ€™s Department were called, Ettinger said.
Friday Valley City will be playing host to the family of singer Peggy Lee, in the area to attend the grand opening of the Midland Continental Depot Transportation Museum Saturday in Wimbledon, said Wes Anderson, curator of the Barnes County Historical Society Museum.
Anderson said he had heard from Leeâ€™s family and some guests they would like to see some of the places in Valley City that their grandmother would have remembered from her time here.
From Ronald McDonald House to Disney World
â€śSeeing Paitynâ€™s face light up, watching how excited she was.â€ť Thatâ€™s how Angie Elston described her favorite memory from her familyâ€™s recent trip to Disney World.
Elston of Valley City is mother to four-year-old Paityn Elston whose dreams came true when she was granted a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., by the Make-A-Wish North Dakota Foundation.
Valley Cityâ€™s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and AMVETS chapter along with auxiliaries from all city veteranâ€™s organizations will participate in this yearâ€™s Memorial Day observations in Valley City.
James Verwey, Barnes County Veterans Service Officer, said Monday along with the VFW and AMVETS organizations, auxiliaries from the VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Eagles will be involved.
It takes three seconds and it can save your life.
The Valley City Police Department and the Barnes County Sheriffâ€™s Office is participating in a seatbelt blitz as part of a national â€śClick It or Ticketâ€ť campaign that will run from May 21 to June 3.
â€śWe write seatbelt citations throughout the year, but we wonâ€™t give any warnings for a two-week period here,â€ť said Barnes County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Brian Hager.
Valley City Police Sgt. David Swenson said in news release wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce motor vehicle fatalities.
Keith Heuser, administrator of Valley Cityâ€™s Mercy Hospital, has been named North Dakotaâ€™s sole Grassroots Champion for 2012 by the American Hospital Association.
The AHA in partnership with the state hospital associations, last week awarded 52 people with the award. As Grassroots Champions these individuals are being recognized for exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospitalâ€™s mission.
Friday Heuser said he was presented with the award at a Grassroots Champion breakfast last week in Washington, D.C.
Screams and laughs echoed at Hanna Field as students in grades K-3 enjoyed a â€śSurvivorâ€ť-themed field day at Jefferson Elementary School on Friday.
Students competed with their classmates in a variety of activities at the first annual Jefferson Elementary â€śSurvivorâ€ť Field Day on Friday.
The all-day event, which was organized by the PTO and the Physical Education Department to raise funds, promoted fun, outdoor exercise.
The North Dakota Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Heidi Heitkamp, recently stopped in Valley City for a visit with Valley City State University president Steve Shirley and afterward sat down for an interview with Times-Record reporter David Luessen.
We escape the womb living only to take our first breath already dying. We swim or get yanked out of our warm motherâ€™s birthing bin and it must feel like â€śTa-dah!â€ť That quickly turns to â€śOh no! Not yet!â€ť We really are born dying but I donâ€™t think it is kosher for me to remind you of that. Nobody wants to hear or think about the impending news that theyâ€™re dying. Maybe thatâ€™s why we donâ€™t ever acknowledge weâ€™re dying until we get older or we get hit with a chronic, terminal disease. Maybe my own chronic pain and my own disease process has turned me into what Iâ€™ve become.