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September 13th, 2012
There are 1,109 students enrolled in Valley City Public Schools this year, who have several hundred parents or guardians. However, as the principals of the four schools in the district gave a presentation to parents and the general public about the district failing to meet federal academic requirements, only two parents showed up: School board member Rich Ross and St. Catherineâ€™s fifth-grade teacher Dawn Ihry.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation recently released the â€ś2011 North Dakota Crash Summaryâ€ť and the numbers are fairly grim.
â€śItâ€™s getting worse,â€ť Kasey Skalicki, Safe Communities coordinator with the Valley City-Barnes County Health District, said Tuesday. â€śIn 2011 we had 148 motor vehicle deaths, which is 43 more than in 2010. We have been increasing steadily this year, weâ€™re way ahead of time.â€ť
Skalicki said seat belts and sober driving would have saved many of the lives lost on North Dakota roads in 2011 and 2012.
The old North Valley Bridge is set for demolition on Sept. 17 after serving the residents of Valley City and north central Barnes County, as well as thousands upon thousands of visitors to Lake Ashtabula over the past several decades.
The last vehicles crossed the bridge on the afternoon of Aug. 16, when traffic was then permanently switched over to the new, $2.4 million North Valley Bridge, built along the east side of the existing bridge.
For just $30, Valley City residents can have their vehicles cleaned, inside and out, by residents of the Open Door Center, which is a local organization that provides day, residential and vocational services for individuals with disabilities including children and adults with developmental disabilities, adults with mental illness and people with a traumatic brain injury.
The car wash program is run through a nonprofit company called Nish, which specializes in finding work for people with disabilities.
Food that was planned for but never used at the canceled Wing and Wheels AirShow will be used at a memorial service for Robert Odegaard of Kindred, who died during a practice run Friday at the Barnes County Muncipal Airport.
The Fly In: Odegaard Pancakes event will take place at the Fargo Air Museum from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Guests will be served the pancakes that were scheduled to be served Sunday during a fundraising breakfast at the airshow, said Toby McPherson, co-director of the airshow along with Barnes County Airport Authority clerk Lori Jury.
Valley City State University Concert Choir will hold its annual end-of-summer rummage sale on Saturday, which is the main fundraiser done by the choir.
Christopher Redfearn, director of choral activities who has a doctorate in music, said the sale is â€śour primary means to raise money for our fall and spring tours that the choir undertakes across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.â€ť
Some Barnes County residents who farm north of Sanborn will have to remain patient for a little while longer to resolve a 20-year-old water problem.
Potter Township Supervisor David Lettenmaier addressed the Barnes County Water Resource District Board on Monday to discuss the area about a mile outside of the city limits where water has been backed up since heavy rains and flooding in 1993.
The Natural Resource Conservation Service is currently conducting a survey on the area, which must be completed before any further steps can be taken.
The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks has issued a critical fire watch in Barnes County for Monday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The watch was issued due to dry conditions and wind speeds ranging from 25 to 35 mph with the possibility for stronger gusts.
Conserving water and preventing contamination of the water table are on the forefront of a push by state and federal groups who support National Protect Your Groundwater Day on Sept. 11.
The North Dakota Well Drillers Association is standing along side the National Ground Water Associationâ€™s public call to action to protect one of the most vital resources available. The groups want people to acknowledge issues with water, how those issues apply to everyone.
Valley City residents may have recently seen people wearing vests walking down boulevards swinging a long slender electronic device back and forth, periodically digging a small hole and placing tiny pennants in the ground.
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday the workers are involved in several projects, including setting distances for new street markings and doing preparation work for planned phone company upgrades to fiber optics in Valley City.