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June 21st, 2012
Valley City schoolsâ graduation rates and Adequate Yearly Progress have not met with the standards set forth by the âNo Child Left Behindâ Act for two years now, and the district is facing the first in a long line of consequences.
The consequences, called âProgram Improvement,â begin after students fail to meet the benchmarks in two years, and PIs increase for every year the school continues to fall short of the actâs requirements.
The public is invited to camp out, play games, eat food and rally against cancer at this yearâs Barnes County Relay for Life. The event will kick off Friday at 6 p.m. and will last through the night, ending at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Team developer Carol Grenz said that while itâs too late to coordinate a team, anybody is welcome to Relay at any time throughout the event.
Smokers savored their cigarettes inside the Labor Club on Tuesday after the bar decided to reverse its two-month-old ban on smoking.
The Club went smoke free on April 1, and since then bar owner Kerry Anderson said the Club took a 40 percent hit in sales.
âItâs all business,â Anderson said. âWe gave it a fair shot and it lasted for two months of the worst sales Iâve ever had in the history of my business here. It was worse than I ever expected to be. So all these people who tell you to go smoke free and business will pick up, itâs false in the bar business.â
With summerâs arrival, families turn to the age-old question: âWhat should we do for a summer vacation?â Well, there are the usual answers and then thereâs something that is fairly new to our vocabulary â staycations.
According to Websterâs Dictionary and Wikipedia, staycation is a newly coined term for a period in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home, possibly taking day trips to area attractions. They became popular during our countryâs recent financial downturn as families sought inexpensive ideas for spending time together.
Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce and North Dakota Winter Show boards have decided to consolidate their staffs and name Winter Show Manager Dawn Riley executive vice president of the Chamber.
The two groups notified members of the agreement in an email message sent late Tuesday morning.
Tuesday Riley said she learned of the decision to consolidate Monday.
Terry Didier, owner of Didier's Ag Center in Sanborn, reported a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train blocking the exits in the city at 10:33 a.m. Tuesday, like he does almost every day when a train blocks off the city. Over an hour later, the Barnes County Commission decided to get tough with BNSF over the Sanborn situation after a scheduled discussion at a county commission meeting.
The county approved overtime for the Sheriff's Office to monitor the trains and cite the engineers who park longer than state law allows. The office will also look into video surveillance.
Valley City State University honored its Diamond Level, Regents Level and Legacy Society donors Monday in a recognition luncheon at Sabirâs Dining and Lounge.
About 50 people attended the luncheon and program presented by the VCSU Foundation.
Recognized at the Diamond Level, for $100,000 to $249,000 were Dacotah Bank, Robert and Jan Ingstad and Ralph and Carolyn Kolstoe.
The Valley City School Board discussed how and why the district failed to meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act and how they were going to work to achieve them in the future at Mondayâs regular board meeting.
Mild temperatures and minimal precipitation made for perfect camp weather last week when the Valley City Service Unit Girl Scouts enjoyed two evenings at Camp Tonweya-Tiayta, which means âScouts Home,â located near the Valley City National Fish Hatchery.
Troop leader Kirsten Dockter explained that some camps are affiliated through their headquarters, Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons, but this one was held by the local troop leaders.
Special to the Times-Record
First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held fundraisers to raise money for Relay for Life, totaling more than $12,000. FCCU has chosen a different organization for each quarter to raise money and awareness for these organizations.
All of FCCUâs 14 branches sold frozen Pizza Corner pizzas in which $2,800 was raised for Relay for Life, with FCCUâs Wishek branch selling the most pizzas at 350. Proceeds collected from employees wearing jeans on designated days were also donated to Relay for Life and luminaries were sold at the branches.