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June 25th, 2012
BISMARCK, N.D. â In what Richard Betting, of People to Save the Sheyenne, calls a blow to government transparency in North Dakota, the State Water Commission will no longer allow citizens to call in and listen to SWC meetings.
David Laschkewitsch, director of administrative services for the SWC, said Friday that there are several reasons for the move, mainly that the commissionâs phone technology is not conducive to the process.
âWe have no interest in hiding anything,â he said. âThat is not our desire: to make it more difficult.â
BISMARCK, N.D. â The fate of the Sheyenne and Red River Valleys are in one manâs hands: State Engineer Todd Sando.
On Friday, Richard Betting of the People to Save the Sheyenne and Valley City City Commissioner Madeline Luke of the Ad Hoc Downstream Group presented testimony to Sando at a hearing on the permit that would allow the newly constructed outlet on the east end of Devils Lake to operate. The outlet would drain into the Sheyenne River, which feeds into the Red River of the North and runs into Canada.
For some itâs a chance to remember, others a reason to celebrate, but every step taken at the Barnes County Relay for Life was a step toward finding a cure for cancer.
âThe world with less cancer and more birthdays gets closer with every Relay for Life event,â said emcee Paul Leier during the opening ceremony.
Funds raised from the event go to the American Cancer Society, which sponsors Relay for Life, to find cures and fight back against cancer, team developer Carol Grenz said.
If you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was 5 I would have told you I wanted to be a penguin breeder. It wasnât until I turned 17 that I knew for a fact I wanted to be the television weather girl. Now that Iâm ripe and nearly 46 I have an insatiable desire to teach as much as I learn and I want to do it living.
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Saturday, June 23 from 10 am to 12 noon the Farmers Market will celebrate National Dairy Month by having free samples of yogurt available for the first 200 people that come to the market. A variety of flavors will be available.
The Farmers Market is partnering with the Young Peopleâs Healthy Heart Program at Mercy Hospital and the Midwest Dairy Council for this event, and will have many recipes for people to pick up that use yogurt.
The finishing touches are being applied to the new North Valley Bridge on County Road 21 north of Valley City, and the days are numbered for the old bridge.
âThe (new) bridge itself is about complete,â said Barnes County Highway superintendent Kerry Johnson. âThey have some coating to put on the railing, abutments and piers and then remove the rest of the forms... I would say thereâs less than a weekâs worth of work on the actual bridge itself.â
Valley City schoolsâ graduation rates and Adequate Yearly Progress have not met with the standards set forth by the âNo Child Left Behindâ Act for two years now, and the district is facing the first in a long line of consequences.
The consequences, called âProgram Improvement,â begin after students fail to meet the benchmarks in two years, and PIs increase for every year the school continues to fall short of the actâs requirements.
The public is invited to camp out, play games, eat food and rally against cancer at this yearâs Barnes County Relay for Life. The event will kick off Friday at 6 p.m. and will last through the night, ending at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Team developer Carol Grenz said that while itâs too late to coordinate a team, anybody is welcome to Relay at any time throughout the event.
Smokers savored their cigarettes inside the Labor Club on Tuesday after the bar decided to reverse its two-month-old ban on smoking.
The Club went smoke free on April 1, and since then bar owner Kerry Anderson said the Club took a 40 percent hit in sales.
âItâs all business,â Anderson said. âWe gave it a fair shot and it lasted for two months of the worst sales Iâve ever had in the history of my business here. It was worse than I ever expected to be. So all these people who tell you to go smoke free and business will pick up, itâs false in the bar business.â
With summerâs arrival, families turn to the age-old question: âWhat should we do for a summer vacation?â Well, there are the usual answers and then thereâs something that is fairly new to our vocabulary â staycations.
According to Websterâs Dictionary and Wikipedia, staycation is a newly coined term for a period in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home, possibly taking day trips to area attractions. They became popular during our countryâs recent financial downturn as families sought inexpensive ideas for spending time together.