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August 9th, 2012
An overhaul of the 911 system in Barnes County inched forward on Tuesday as the Barnes County Commission voted 3-2 on a multi-faceted measure to proceed.
â€śMost of this stuff we would have done regardless of which route we go,â€ť said Commissioner Eldred Knutson.
A year ago the county commission voted to remain the governing board for 911 services and established an advisory committee with city commission and emergency service representatives to over see finances and other operations.
Kurt Eversman, manager of the Valley City National Fish Hatchery since March, is working to make the federal facility located about 2.5 miles north and west of Valley City a recreational destination.
Wednesday Eversman, 28, said â€śI would like to see people on the property. This is federal property and people should be able to come and enjoy it.â€ť
The Valley City City Commission reconsidered the possibility of selling the City Auditorium and heard city engineering firm Kadrmas Lee and Jacksonâ€™s long-range plans for infrastructure improvements for the city during its regular meeting Monday.
City Commissioner Matt Pedersen spoke with his fellow commissioners about the possiblity of selling the City Auditorium to private parties, which the city has been considering for some time, before this particular commission was seated.
No one was injured in a one-vehicle accident 4:06 p.m. Monday on Interstate 94 at milepost 306, according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Benjamin Rau of West Fargo was driving a 2001 Kenworth truck east on Interstate 94 when the front right tire of the vehicle blew, causing Rau to lose control of the vehicle. He was wearing a seatbelt.
It swerved sharply to the right and left the roadway, entering the south ditch. He was able to steer the vehicle enough to keep it from overturning and tried to stop after entering the ditch.
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."