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January 3rd, 2012

VC Mayor candidate Q&A: Bob Werkhoven

January 3, 2012

The candidates for the Jan. 24 recall election recently sat down with the T-R to share some of their views. Mayor candidate Bob Werkhoven's interview appears below.

Bob Werkhoven, current Valley City Mayor (term began June 2010)

Occupation: (retired) Former District Engineer at the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
Education: B.S. Civil Engineering from NDSU, Associate Degree Wildlife Management from Bottineau School of Forestry.
Family: Wife Darlene and children Dawn, (West Fargo) Dan (Valley City) and David (Jamestown).

Fewer funds for flood repairs

January 3, 2012

In a memo from the North Dakota Department of Transportation to officials in the state, Local Government Engineer Paul Benning said that the state will receive $100 million less than needed to repair flood damage.

December 30th, 2011

Flooding ranked top 2011 N.D. headline

December 30, 2011

BISMARCK, N.D. — Few cities were slammed as hard as Minot, N.D., by the spring and summer flooding that ravaged the Great Plains.

The devastation from the swollen Souris River forced thousands to flee their homes and drew the national spotlight when The Black Eyed Peas performed a benefit concert there.

The flooding, which ultimately damaged more than 4,000 properties in Minot, Bismarck and beyond, was rated North Dakota's biggest story of 2011, based on a survey of print and broadcast members of The Associated Press.

December 29th

Kettle drive doubles goal, raises $44K

December 29, 2011

After setting out to raise $22,000 with this year's red kettle donation campaign, the Barnes County Salvation Army Unit is proud to report that county residents have helped them shatter their goal.
"This year, we raised $44,736. It's just unbelievable," said Barnes County Salvation Army Chairman Lee Isensee.

Annexation rolls on

December 29, 2011

An area south of Valley City, including Woodland Park and several surrounding businesses, was recently annexed into city limits.

A court decision handed down last week will allow the City of Valley City to annex property north of 35th Street SE between the Kathryn Road and the Sheyenne River and south of I-94 into city limits.

December 23rd

Barnes County Commission meeting minutes for Dec. 6

December 23, 2011

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Barnes county commission
Tuesday December 6, 2011
Valley City, North Dakota
The Barnes County Commission met in regular session Tuesday, December 6, 2011, with all members present.
States Attorney Lee Grossman called for nominations for chairperson. Commissioner Knutson seconded by Froelich, made a motion to nominate Schwehr.
Commissioner Berntson made a motion, seconded by Froelich, to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Schwehr as chairperson. Upon a roll call vote with all voting “yes,” motion carried.

December 22nd

UBS out for blood

December 22, 2011

United Blood Services will be at Stoudt Ross Ford in Valley City for a blood drive today and tomorrow (Dec. 22, 23).

The two-day push will run from 11:30 a.m to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday.

UBS worker Rachel Jipson said early Thursday afternoon that the turnout had been good so far.

"We are always looking for people to give," she said. "We've got lots of open spots."

December 21st

Barnes County calls to N.D. Tobacco Quitline more than triple

December 21, 2011

The rate of calls to the North Dakota Tobacco Quitline from residents in Barnes County more than tripled from 2009 to 2010, said the county's Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, Vicki Voldal-Rosenau.

As a whole, smoking rates in North Dakota have decreased in the last couple years.

"This is just the beginning, if we don't let up" Voldal-Rosenau said. "Can we ever let up? Sure, but there's still a lot of people starting to smoke and it's a killer."

December 20th

5 VC teams receive NDHSAA Team Scholar award

December 20, 2011

Five Valley City High School teams were recognized as Team Scholar recipients from the North Dakota High School Athletic Association.

To qualify for the award, teams must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. 
 
Teams that qualified were:

Volleyball
team GPA of 3.40

Boys’ Cross Country
team GPA of 3.39

Girls’ Cross Country
team GPA of 3.77

Girls’ Golf
team GPA of 3.40

Student Congress
team GPA of 3.50
 

Schelkoph accepts VC City Administrator job

December 20, 2011

David Schelkoph has accepted the position as Valley City's new City Administrator.

After screening over 30 applicants, Valley City Mayor Bob Werkhoven announced Tuesday morning that Schelkoph will start as early as the third week in January.

Schelkoph, currently of Williston, N.D., is a graduate of Valley City High School and works at Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing of Dickinson. He brings 8 years of military service with the Air Force and Air National Guard and a Bachelor's degree in engineering from NDSU to the administrator's chair.

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