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August 3rd, 2012
I was born blessed with the curse of caring. What an enigmatic statement that is. â€śBlessed with a curse.â€ť Does that even make sense? When you are an overly-sensitive soul you may find yourself overusing words like: discernment, gut-feelings, sensing and empathy. The blessing in the curse is that you and I were chose to care. The curse is the burden the care exaggerates in those of us who arenâ€™t created with an â€śoffâ€ť button. How nice and comfortable life would be if I could just care for a moment and let it go. The curse. Itâ€™s never-ending this blessing of being cursed with care.
The Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals will be hosting its fourth annual Wag and Walk-A-Thon later this month and is currently seeking volunteers.
Tracy Lee, who will be coordinating the event, said participants will fill out a brouchure that has a pledge sheet. Participants will gather pledges from friends, family and neighbors.
Lee said anyone can volunteer, and they are looking for people to fill a variety of tasks.
Valley City tops the list of North Dakota businesses designated as â€śinfant friendlyâ€ť by the North Dakota Department of Health with seven for the city, said Deanna Askew, Healthy Communities for the N.D. Department of Health.
This year the health department designated 20 state businesses as infant friendly.
Designated Valley City businesses are the City-County Health District, City of Valley City, Sanford Health Clinic, Sanford Health Eye Clinic, Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, Valley City State University and the Circle of Friends Preschool.
An invasive plant species is keeping area ranchers and the Barnes County Weed Control Board on its toes.
Weed Control Director Jim McAllister said Spotted Knapweed has been in the area for about eight years, but now it is threatening a widespread infestation.
â€śWe consider thereâ€™s probably 225 acres infested, and the bad part about it is it makes pasture virtually worthless,â€ť he said. â€śThe Knapweed is an annual or a short-lived biennial, but it still has the ability to choke out anything thatâ€™s growing.â€ť
Eight faculty members and one translator from Hangzhou, China visited Valley City Wednesday where they toured Valley City State University and the downtown area.
Each summer, a group of faculty from Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) College visit the Fargo area, and VCSU partners with North Dakota State University to host a portion of their visit.
The professors arrived at about 9 a.m. and started their tour at the university.
Governor Jack Dalrymple signed an executive order on Monday that suspends the limit of sulfates in the Sheyenne River as the new outlets on East Devils Lake pump high-sulfate water into the river which is the primary source of drinking water for Valley City.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple suspended the maximum limit on sulfates in the Sheyenne River.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed an executive order on Monday that waives compliance with water quality standards that were adjusted last year to handle water drained from Devils Lake into the Sheyenne River. Drinking water with high sulfates has adverse effects on humans and Valley City's drinking water is taken from the river.
More on this story as it develops. The executive order is printed below.
Special to the Times-Record
â€śThank you so much,â€ť Valley City Schools Superintendent Dean Koppelman said, hugging outgoing school board president Sharon Buhr.
Buhr was recognized for 21 years of service to the Valley City School Board on Monday night at the boardâ€™s annual meeting. Monday was Buhrâ€™s last meeting as an official board member after losing her re-elction bid to Richard Ross, an assistant professor and degree coordinator at Valley City State University.
Alliance Pipeline LLC, which runs its North Dakota office in Valley City, will be adopting their sixth wish to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
The company has already granted wishes to five North Dakota children living with life-threatening medical conditions since 2006.
Leighton Smith, North Dakota area manager for Alliance Pipeline, presented Make-A-Wish North Dakota representatives with its sixth $5,000 gift for the Adopt-A-Wish program Tuesday. Alliance Pipeline donated the money that will be used to underwrite one more childâ€™s wish.