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January 6th, 2014

Sledding: Enjoy the Ride, Follow the Rules

January 6, 2014

While many locals hate North Dakota winters, some wait all summer for a chance to get out the sled and tear up the snowmobile trails that run through Valley City and beyond.
While snowmobiles are allowed within the city limits, some riders have been less than respectful of their neighbors, according to Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson.
Read snowmobile rules for Valley City in Monday's Times-Record.

January 5th

VC School Cancelled Monday

January 5, 2014

Valley City Public Schools classes and activities are cancelled for Monday. The school intends to be open Tuesday.

January 3rd

Travel Alert for Area

January 3, 2014

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol have issued a travel alert for the southwest part of North Dakota.

Cities included in the alert are Williston, Grand Forks, Fargo, Wahpeton, Valley City, Jamestown, Ellendale, Linton, Bismarck and surrounding areas. A Travel Alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of freezing rain causing icy road conditions.

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 3, 2014

A memorial service for Daniel Peterson, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Oliver Nathan Funeral Home has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Announcements from Valley City Public Schools:
Boy's hockey tonight against Bottineau has been postponed to Feb. 8. Junior Varisty will play at 1 p.m. and varsity will play at 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 8.

Boy's and Girl's hockey against Dickinson on Saturday has been postponed. Girls will make up their game on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The boys date and time is to be announced.

Frosty the Snow Giant

January 3, 2014

John Borg and family had a little fun over Christmas. And a little help from some hydraulics. They transformed a pile of snow into a giant snowman. It’s a good thing that’s a five gallon bucket and not a magic hat, because if that Frosty laughed and played, he might flatten a couple of cars.

BC Adjusts Budget At Special Session

January 3, 2014

The Barnes County Commission met in special session to address year-end business on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 with Eldred Knutson, John Froelich, Rodger Berntson, and Cindy Schwehr present. Phil Leitner was absent. More in Friday's issue of the Times-Record.

Kettles Were Overflowing: Another Record Year for Salvation Army

January 3, 2014

Barnes County's Salvation Army continues to raise more money each year. Breaking another record, the organization raised $58,047.54 this year, $18,000 more than its goal and $3,000 more than the amount raised last year.
The local Salvation Army set a goal of raising $40,000 during this year's annual red kettle drive and far exceeded it. Last year, they raised about $55,000.
"Words cannot say how humbled all of us are by the wonderful graces that God has bestowed on us again this year in our Salvation Army bell ringing campaign," said Lee Isensee, chairman.

January 2nd

Christmas Tree Pickup Begins Monday

January 2, 2014

Valley City Public Works crews will pick up Christmas trees on the boulevard starting Mon, Jan. 6.

Top Local Stories of 2013

January 2, 2014

Times-Record reporters Paul Riemerman, Bonnie Jo Conley-Hanson and Heidi Harris look back at the top local stories of 2013.
In no particular order, news staff chose these as the top happenings in Barnes County from the past year:

*A multiple-vehicle crash in downtown Valley City this summer left two women seriously injured.

*Rebuilding of Ninth Avenue Northwest was completed in late 2013.

*A massive summer flash flood left many Valley City businesses and homes and two schools damaged.

WARNING: Phone Scam Affecting Area Cell Phones

January 2, 2014

The Valley City Police Department is warning residents about a reported phone scam.
According to Police Chief Fred Thompson, some residents have received calls from a 473 area code. The phone rings a few times then stops.
DO NOT return call to this number, said Thompson. Callers reported the number is for an adult entertainment service; callers heard pornographic content upon returning the call. In addition, said Thompson, the exchange is a Granada phone number, and callers could be charged for an international phone call.

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