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April 6th, 2012

No end in sight: County rejects BNSF railroad’s response to complaints

April 6, 2012

SANBORN, N.D. — “Eight minutes, which ain’t bad,” business owner Terry Didier said as he clicked off the timer on the TV in the lobby of Didier’s Ag Center located on Main Avenue in Sanborn.

“Now eight minutes might be the difference between life or death for a rescue team.”

April 3rd

City explores possibility of loan for buyouts

April 3, 2012

The Valley City City Commission explored the possibility of loaning itself $1 million from the Public Works department for permanent flood protection funding Monday night.

“The immediate need is from May to the end of August when these buyouts will occur,” said Commissioner Matt Pedersen. “The ball is in motion, and I would like to see us come to an agreement that we’re willing to borrow the million and in parallel, research the various mechanisms to pay it back.”

Truck Fire At Harv's Welding

April 3, 2012

Heavy black smoke resulted from an outside fire at Harv’s Welding on 10th Street Southwest 10:40 a.m. Monday morning in Valley City. Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath said welding work was being done on a box attached to a truck, and rubber in the bottom ignited, causing minor damage to the box.

Ninth Ave. project irks taxpayers

April 3, 2012

Some protest was heard over the impending Ninth Avenue Northwest reconstruction project Monday night, and the Valley City City Commission vowed to do what they could to make it right.

“I think the assessment is unfair,” Ninth Avenue homeowner Mike Bresnahan told the commission. “In my case, the amount being assessed is about $21,000. The amounts are ridiculous relative to the values of the homes.”

April 2nd

ND GOP draws battle lines in Bismarck

April 2, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - With 16 candidates seeking nine offices, competition for party endorsement was stiff over the weekend at the North Dakota Republican Convention in Bismarck.

There were 1,940 delegates from the state’s 47 congressional districts registered for the convention, which is a 26 percent increase since 2010. However, as nominations began on Saturday, 1,666 delegates were present to vote by 1:47 p.m., but that number edged up to 1,717 by 1:33 p.m. Sunday according to the credentials committee.

Down to the last board: C.H. Carpenter Lumber will soon close its doors

April 2, 2012

It’s unusual for a business to celebrate its 100th birthday while simultaneously planning a retirement party, but manager Mike Schwehr and his crew at C.H. Carpenter Lumber company are doing just that.

“It’s a little hard because you’ve put so much into it,” Schwehr said of the closing. “It’s tough. They’ve been good to us around here, the community’s supported us well. We’ve been thanking everybody for everything they’ve done over the years.”

March 30th

Garden plots hot in VC

March 30, 2012

The Valley City Community Gardens are warming up for their fourth season, and for those who are itching to get their hands dirty, space is filling up rapidly. As of Thursday, eight 20 by 20 foot plots were still available to rent for the season at the gardens, located west of Riverside Gardens, just off of Tenth Street Southwest.

“The soil out there is really nice right now,” said Ellen Bjelland, Garden Steering Committee chair. “It had alfalfa on it previously and people worked it a lot last year. They’re in good shape.”

March 9th

BC airport gets 2011 award

March 9, 2012

The Barnes County Municipal Airport on the southern edge of Valley City has received the “2011 General Aviation Airport of the Year” award, said Tim Thorsen, president of the Airport Association of N.D.

The award was presented by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.
The award was presented March 6 at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium held in Bismarck. The award is sponsored by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission in conjunction with the Airport Association of N.D.

This award is for excellence in maintaining safety, project management, and community awareness.

“Raking in” a family tradition

March 9, 2012

As far as roots go, Cal Schaefer is literally, and figuratively, rooted firmly in place at the North Dakota Winter Show.

“I’ve had a booth right here since ‘73, in the same exact spot,” Schaefer said, pointing to the ground of the Main Exhibit building.

Schaefer began working at the show in 1963 doing general labor.

“I worked in the barns, wherever they needed help: cleaning, setting up all the rodeos and stage shows.” The job didn’t pay very well, as Schaefer recalled, “It was only a dollar and a quarter an hour.”

VC seeks PD chief applicants

March 9, 2012

As of Wednesday, the city has received 11 applications for the open Valley City Chief of Police position.

City Administrator David Schelkopf reported that the opening was posted ten days ago, but that no local candidates have applied for the job so far. All current applicants are from out of state.

“It looks like a couple others are talking about it locally, I just had a city officer come in and talk to me about it yesterday, so I’m pretty certain there will be local people applying for this position,” he said. ‘We’re going to have a large group of people to look at.”

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