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April 17th, 2012
Does design affect diet?
The Valley City Public Schools, under the direction of food service director Sue Milender, will be conducting an experiment this week to track food sales following a visit from behavioral economist Dr. David Just.
Just was taken on a tour of the schools Friday morning with Milender after speaking at the Hi-Liner Activity Center on Thursday.
Organizers of this yearâ€™s Valley City/Barnes County CROP Hunger Walk hope this yearâ€™s event will be a success and include the traditional walk, said the Rev. Emmy Isaackson of Our Saviors Lutheran Church Monday.
Last yearâ€™s walk raised $5,455, but Isaackson said no walk took place in 2011 due to flooding worries in Valley City and around Barnes County.
Isaackson is also a member of the local CROP Walk planning team this year. Many Valley City churches and their congregations are participating in this yearâ€™s event, scheduled for Sunday, April 29.
Over the past few years, Dakota College at Bottineau has been busy collaborating with Valley City State University (VCSU) to deliver several associate degree programs on the VCSU campus, such as: Medical Assistant, Caregiver Services (child and adult), Paraeducation, and Nursing. Students in these programs can enjoy the conveniences of staying close to home, while completing their degrees through Dakota College.
Kris Kitko, a singer, songwriter, humorist, activist, educator, storyteller, activist, and more, entertained an audience at the Vangstad Auditorium at Valley City State University.
â€śA troubadour for troubled timesâ€ť as she bills herself, Kitko hit on topics that ranged from womenâ€™s issues to politics with a comedic yet poignant flair.
â€śI spent about three and a half years here,â€ť Kitko said prior to the concert, in which she played a love song dedicated to Valley City as her opening number.
â€śI had to do that just so you know weâ€™re all friends here,â€ť she told the crowd.
Spring is the perfect time for cleaning and re-organizing your home, and even holding a garage sale to get rid of excess clutter. But what if, in your spring cleaning adventures, you find yourself with more trash than treasure?
The City of Valley City has you covered.
As part of Spring Cleanup Week 2012, running today through Friday, the cityâ€™s sanitation department will accept large volumes of household and some yard waste for no extra pickup fee.
April is the Month of the Military Child, and programs were held at Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools Friday afternoon to recognize students and several faculty members who have parents, siblings, aunts uncles or cousins serving in the military.
Major Anna Wittrock of the local Army National Guard Unit, second from right, presents Jake Tangen with a â€śTrue Patriot Awardâ€ť certificate for having a family member who is currently serving in the military. Jakeâ€™s brother is currently deployed in Afghanistan, and will be overseas until October.
Valley City Dr. Genevieve Goven has been appointed to a term on the North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
Local medical historian Paul Vangerud said Friday Goven is the first Valley City doctor to serve on the board since Dr. Neil McDonald served on the board for eight years in the 1970s.
â€śItâ€™s really quite an honor,â€ť said Goven Friday.
The Valley City Community Gardens will have a 2012 membership meeting on Monday, April 16 at the Valley City High School cafeteria at 7 p.m.
North Dakota State University Extension Service agent Ellen Bjelland said there were seven 20-by-20 foot plots available on Thursday. The total cost to use the plots from April 15 through October 15 is $40.
"The $10 is refundable if you clean off your lot in the fall, and the $30 is not refundable, that's to cover water, plastic pathways," she said.
Valley City Auditor Avis Richter received the Innovator Award at the Municipal Government Academy awards ceremony during the North Dakota League of Citiesâ€™ ninth annual workshop held March 20-22 in Bismarck.
Thursday Richter said she received the award for specialized training she received both through the league of cities and the Municipal Finance Officers Association.
â€śIt is for training I receive throughout the year,â€ť Richter said.
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.