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August 8th, 2012
Barnes County Water Resource District board members Pat Hurley and Duane Lettenmaier are good friends, but on Tuesday, they could not have been further apart.
The two faced off against each other Tuesday afternoon as the commission voted to remove Lettenmaier for misconduct in office. The charges were brought by the water boardâ€™s vice president Hurley. Hurley often portrays a jovial demeanor at public meetings, but was notably dour during the hearing to remove Lettenmaier and after the commission made itâ€™s final decision on Tuesday.
Pertussis or whooping cough has been making the news lately, with outbreaks in many parts of the country. The state of Washington already has had a total of 2,520 cases this year and California had 10 infants die of the disease in 2010. North Dakota has had more than 80 cases documented so far this year and Minnesota has had high numbers of pertussis. With our mobile society it is even more important that we all do what we can to prevent the spread of this disease.
Valley City has been home to National Guard facilities for decades. But with the Guard expanding, the Valley Development Group and city officials are working with the National Guard to establish a new, updated facility for them in Valley City.
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said that the National Guard would like a new site altogether for their new development, and the city has offered five or six different sites, from which the National Guard is in the process of choosing.
Over 100 quilted items were on display at the Valley Quilters 19th annual Americana Festival Quilters' Jubilee at the Barnes County Courthouse in Valley City on Saturday.
Quilts, place mats and purses hung from railings and walls on all three floors as a quilters' rummage sale operated in the basement.
Valley Quilter Linda Carico said it usually takes an average of five hours to hang them all.
"You've got to make decisions putting them up, no decisions taking them down.
Another academic year is quickly approaching, and faculty and students at Valley City State University will be immersed in a variety of changes throughout campus.
Known for being a leader in technology, VCSU has been issuing each student a laptop during the academic year since 1996. The laptops come equipped with software programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop Elements. Students also gain access to other software programs when they are enrolled in certain courses.
Barnes County Auditor Ed McGough is resigning from his elected position after more than a quarter century, citing health problems as his reason for leaving.
"This job actually takes - to really do a good job - 50 hours a week and I can't get 40 in," McGough said. "When I did the elections is when it really hit me. I got sick because I was doing too much in too many hours and was too stressed."
Fall weather may make an early appearance this weekend as a cold front is expected to move though the area Friday and Saturday according to graphical forecast data from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
Fridayâ€™s low temperature is expected to bottom out at 50 degrees with thunderstorms expected to continue into Saturday. The total rainfall is expected to be less than a quarter inch and the humidity will be low.
Special to the Times-Record
The Maasjo Sisters from the Valley City and Fingal area will be sharing their talents at the final evening of music on the Courthouse lawn on Wednesday, August 8 at 7:15 p.m.
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.