Archive - News Article
September 10th, 2012
The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks has issued a critical fire watch in Barnes County for Monday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The watch was issued due to dry conditions and wind speeds ranging from 25 to 35 mph with the possibility for stronger gusts.
Conserving water and preventing contamination of the water table are on the forefront of a push by state and federal groups who support National Protect Your Groundwater Day on Sept. 11.
The North Dakota Well Drillers Association is standing along side the National Ground Water Associationâ€™s public call to action to protect one of the most vital resources available. The groups want people to acknowledge issues with water, how those issues apply to everyone.
Valley City residents may have recently seen people wearing vests walking down boulevards swinging a long slender electronic device back and forth, periodically digging a small hole and placing tiny pennants in the ground.
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday the workers are involved in several projects, including setting distances for new street markings and doing preparation work for planned phone company upgrades to fiber optics in Valley City.
Less than 24 hours before the Wings and Wheels Air Show was scheduled to start in Valley City, tragedy struck as Bob Odegaard, who was scheduled to perform in the air show was killed when the plane he was flying crashed during a practice run.
Odegaard, 66, of Kinded, N.D. was practicing for the air show Friday when â€śsomething went terribly wrong,â€ť at approximately 5:55 p.m., Sgt. Troy Hischer of the North Dakota Highway Patrol said Friday during a press conference.
Saturday, September 8
The 15th annual James River Senior Center Golf Tournament will be held at Hillcrest Golf Course in Jamestown. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. This is a four person scramble with numerous prizes including hole in one prizes of a 2012 Buick Lacrosse from Don Wilhelm, a stay and play golf vacation to Las Vegas, Razr x Black driver and fairway woods 3,5, and a set of Razr x Black irons 4-sw. To sign up, call the James River Senior Center at 252-2882.
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Located in a bean field atop a hill southeast of Valley City is a mechanical piece of alternative energy that farmer Jeff Wurzer hopes will cut his electricity bill in half.
Wurzer had a wind turbine installed on his farmland by Enterprise Sales of Valley City.
The turbine, which converts wind to energy, generating electricity, took under two months to install and is expected to have paid for itself within four years, according to Jack Hanson, solar and wind energy consultant at Enterprise Sales.
Barnes County is one of 16 in the state that have been declared an agricultural disaster by the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this week.
David Shea, of the USDAâ€™s Farm Service Agency office in Valley City, said the declaration is based on the countyâ€™s drought level and drought conditions, and opens the door for area farmers to apply for low-interest loans through the FSAâ€™s farm loan program.
â€śTheyâ€™re eligible for emergency loans but they have to qualify for them,â€ť Shea said.
A Barnes County-owned buyout house along the Sheyenne River south of Valley City will serve a special purpose before it is eventually dismantled.
At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting the county commission moved to allow the regional SWAT team to use the building for training exercises.
The exact time and location of the training will not be made public because the team wishes to keep its methods a secret from the criminals who will be subject to them.
Valley City officials officially announced Monday their plans to work with the Economic Development Corporation to purchase land for the National Guard. The announcement came during the regular city commission meeting.
The 70 acres of land the city is looking to purchase for the National Guard is east of John Deere and includes the home and outbuildings of Valley City resident Stan Ryan.