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January 3rd, 2014

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.

December 31st, 2013

UPDATE: Road Closures Due to Casselton Explosion

December 31, 2013

The following roads in Cass County are closed as a result of the Casselton, ND train derailment:
-Cass County Road 10 from N.D. State Highway 18 to N.D. State Highway 23
-154th Ave from 35th St to 36th St.

December 30th

BREAKING: Evacuation Urged in Casselton After Derailment

December 30, 2013

An evacuation of the entire City of Casselton was initiated after
train carrying crude oil derailed near the city Monday setting off a series of explosions. Cass County officials urged residents to evacuate as shifting winds and a high pressure system could blow the thick, toxic smoke down into the city.

Grossman Optimistic About Clerkships

December 30, 2013

Barnes County States Attorney Lee Grossman is optimistic that a new program to help establish clerkships for rural counties could help increase the number of lawyers in Barnes County. More in Tuesday's issue of the Times-Record.

New VC Store Has Eclectic Mix of Items

December 30, 2013

Vintage Variety, a new store in Valley City, offers just what the name suggests — a variety of vintage items.
Owner Lorraine Curtis said the store has an "eclectic assortment of everything from antiques to new."
The store, located on Central Avenue next to Wells Fargo, is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m. and other days by chance.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.

Bison in His Heart and in His Home: NDSU Fan Ron Berge Collects Bison

December 30, 2013

When rural Dazey man Ron Berge watches the North Dakota State University Bison football team compete for their third national championship Saturday, he'll be surrounded by family and his huge bison herd collection.
Ron is a dedicated Bison fan. He began collecting hard ironwood Bison some years after graduating from NDSU with a mechanical engineering degree in 1960.
Read more about Berge's collection in Monday's Times-Record.

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