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July 2nd, 2012
Independence Day is just a couple days away, and after the barbecues, road trips and parties, the fireworks are the main event.
And with them, come the annual fireworks safety reminders and warnings.
Two weeks ago the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its Fireworks Report, which shows that in 2010 alone, an estimated 15,500 fires and 8,600 emergency room visits were caused by consumer fireworks.
The NFPA is now teaming with the American Academy of Pediatrics and 21 other state and national organizations to form the ‚ÄúAlliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks (ASCF).‚ÄĚ
A small chance of rain might offer a brief respite from the heat on Saturday, but a lack of winds will make for a humid Sunday if it does fall.
Today will be hot and dry with a high temperature of around 89 degrees, but the area will see a 20 percent chance of rain beginning this evening that will carry over to a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the day on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service graphical forecast data.
Vince Godon, a NWS meteorologist in Grand Forks, said if the weather does get wet on Saturday it‚Äôs hard to tell how much will fall.
Thanks to a local farmer, Barnes County 4-H Council was awarded $2,500 from Monsanto‚Äôs America‚Äôs Farmers Grow Communities Grant.¬†
Ellen Bjelland, Barnes County‚Äôs 4-H extension agent, said that soybean farmers can nominate their favorite non-profit organizations to receive grants from Monsanto. Thirty-nine states participate in this grant program, and of all the nominations that come from a particular county, Monsanto selects one to receive the grant.
Bjelland said Monsanto is the largest chemical company in the world. They are the company that produces Roundup herbicide products.
The Barnes County Municipal Airport, located one mile north of Valley City, will be the site for the Wings and Wheels AirShow with gates opening at 10 a.m. Sept. 8.
Terry Gortmaker, who runs the ‚Äúshow and shine‚ÄĚ portion of the AirShow, said Thursday performers have now been lined up for the event.
Those who‚Äôve agreed to perform are Matt Younkin, Jim ‚ÄúFang‚ÄĚ Maroney, Warren Pietsch, Rex Hammarback, Toby McPherson and the Fargo Skydivers, Gortmaker said.
Special to the Times-Record
Fort Ransom State Park is celebrating the 29th anniversary of the Fort Ransom Sodbuster Days on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15. Visitors to the park will take a step back in time and see how North Dakota‚Äôs early settlers worked and played.
Just before meeting with the Times-Record Tuesday, Valley City‚Äôs new city commissioner Mary Lee Nielson had given a two hour tour to some out-of-towners interested in possibly putting a movie theater in Valley City.
‚ÄúI got to listen their perspective in not ever seeing the town before. It just renewed my good feelings about Valley City. We have so much to offer. There‚Äôs so many amenities in this town,‚ÄĚ Nielson said.
At a meeting of the Joint Truck Regulatory Board on Wednesday, Tim Gillespie, the sole truck regulatory officer for Barnes, Dickey, LaMoure and Stutsman Counties said after a little more than a year, the Truck Regulatory Program has had tremendous results, but more work needs to be done.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is working to inform Americans gearing up for their Independence Day celebrations next week that the new analysis of crash data shows July 4 is the deadliest day for teenage drivers and the motorists alongside them.
‚ÄúI would really like to see the city conserve and capitalize its assets,‚ÄĚ said Valley City‚Äôs newest commissioner, Madeline Luke. Two of Valley City‚Äôs biggest assets, Luke says, are the Sheyenne River and a walkable downtown. Luke hopes to use her seat on the city‚Äôs commission to preserve both.
‚ÄúI think people are naturally drawn to water,‚ÄĚ Luke said. She has lived in various communities with rivers, which she says are beneficial to both quality of life and attracting travelers.
The North Dakota Winter Show will soon host a Flea Market and Craft Fair that will run in conjunction with a Horsemanship Seminar and Riding Clinic on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12.
NDWS manager Dawn Riley said the process of soliciting vendors for the event began last week, and there is plenty of space for available for booths in the Main Arena of the Winter Show building.