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April 13th, 2012

BC to fix Clausen's dam

April 13, 2012

Clausen Springs has one more hurdle to jump before the park can be returned to its former glory.

The Barnes County Park Board has hired Kadrmas Lee and Jackson to do the engineering for repairs to approximately 2 miles of road in the park from the entrance to the dam. The road was demolished during construction on the dam that wrapped up late last summer.

KLJ engineer Chad Peterson said the county has FEMA funding to cover most of the work, as long as it stays within the agency's assessment.

NWS: Rain on Friday, sunny Saturday

April 13, 2012

Late-evening rain showers Thursday capped off a week of chilly and windy weather in the southeast corner of the state. Weekend forecasts are calling for a mix of warm and cool temperatures, with just a small chance of precipitation.

"There's a low pressure system coming up from Nebraska and South Dakota, moving south to north," said meteorologist Jim Kaiser of the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. "It's an unsettled pattern, so the rain should end overnight tonight, Saturday should be dry, and there's another slight shower chance Sunday."

After 100 years, Titanic still fascinates

April 13, 2012

The centennial of the Titanic's sinking provides an opportunity to look back at a disaster that, at the time, made waves in Barnes County and around the world.

When the world's largest ocean liner struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1912, an ongoing fascination was sparked with both the human aspect of the tragedy, and the failures and successes of the ship's technology.

Valley City resident Irma Ness recalled a family story about her grandfather, George Chapman, perishing in the sinking shortly after he and his wife abandoned their large family.

April 12th

Achieve, Open Door Center, tobacco usage and you

April 12, 2012

Open Door Center is a member of the Barnes County ACHIEVE. ACHIEVE is the acronym for Action Committee for Innovation and EnVironmental Change.

The local partnership was organized in 2010 for the purpose of reducing chronic diseases in Valley City and the surrounding area by pursuing local Policy, Systems and Environment changes that will more effectively promote good health.

The local ACHIEVE partnership brings together many local organizations representing health care, education , commerce, recreation and fitness, nutrition and special populations.

Public Works loaning VC $1M

April 12, 2012

In a move to solidify the final piece of funding for the upcoming Phase One home buyouts, the Valley City City Commission approved accepting a loan of $1 million from the Public Works electrical department at a special meeting Tuesday.

“We felt that it was time to make a vote on this,” said City Commissioner Matt Pedersen. “The buyout candidates are ready to go.”
“I don’t think we’ve got a choice of where we get the money,” said Mayor Bob Werkhoven, “and the City Attorney has indicated that we are within the law as far as (the loan), so now we can feel our conscience is clear.”

Medora musical starts June 8

April 12, 2012

The Medora Foundation hopes its annual summer musical and the Medora area will be a popular destination for Valley City people this summer.

The musical, now in its 48th year, takes place in the midst of the North Dakota Badlands near the south unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in southwestern North Dakota.

Foundation board President Randy Hatzenbuhler was touring the state this past week, including a stop Monday in Valley City.

VCSU internships offer career experience

April 12, 2012

In the working world, there is the age-old argument of the value of experience versus education, but Valley City State University is providing its students an opportunity to gain both through its internship program.

Marcia Foss, VCSU’s Director of Career Services and Internships said the college tries to identify employers who might be able to provide a work experience similar to what the student is studying.

“It needs to be meaningful work, so they’re not just standing at a copier.”

'Wonka' to bring wonder to Washington

April 12, 2012

"In your wildest dreams you cannot imagine the surprises that await you!" reads the message on Charlie Bucket's golden ticket, which gives him entrance into the Willy Wonka factory and a world of wonder.
Audiences the world over are familiar with the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and now local audiences will have a golden opportunity to see the story told by young local actors.

Earth Day Celebration at Valley City State University

April 12, 2012

It’s the first Annual VCSU Earth Day Festival will be Wednesday April, 25 6:00pm-9:00pm. It’s free and open to the public.

Earth Day is April 22 and Valley City State University will hold its first annual Earth Day Festival three days later on the VCSU campus.

Venders will offer earth friendly products and demonstrations, they’ll be games for all ages, musical entertainment includes a performance by “Lakota Thunder” an Emmy nominated Native American drum group.

April 11th

City to be home for 1 more sex offender

April 11, 2012

Allan Joeseph Cook, 34, is a high risk, registered sex offender who will be living at 1019 5th Ave. Northwest No. 4 in Valley City.

Cook was convicted Feb. 1, 2002 in Barnes County District Court of two Class C Felony counts of sexual assault for engaging in sexual acts with three juvenile females, ages 15 to 17 years old.

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