April 15th, 2013
In like a lion, out like... No wait, that was March. And April snows don't produce much for flowers.
The state, the northern tier, was hit by a massive snowstorm that began Sunday, and is still producing snow this morning. Interstate 94 is closed from the Montana line to the Minnesota line, and travel on all other roads in North Dakota is ill-advised.
Schools around the area are closed today, and many events are postponed. Make sure you check first before going out.
No Travel Advisory extended to Jamestown and surrounding areas
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol have extended the No Travel Advisory to include Jamestown and surrounding areas due to heavy snow and high winds causing areas of near zero visibility, and snow and ice covered roadways. Motorists should not travel in the area due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel.
Dillan Ostrom and Ricky Paulson have joined the Times-Record sports team as stringers and should soon be seen at area sporting events.
Ostrom is a Valley City State University senior majoring in Media Communications, and Paulson is a senior at Valley City High School.
Read more about them in Friday's Times-Record.
Summer will soon be here, and with that folks will be hitting local lakes and rivers in their boats. Several species of aquatic nuisances have been identified in area waters. To learn what they are and how to prevent the spread of ANS, read Friday's Times-Record.
The Barnes County Food Pantry has seen an increased need in the community, and JoAnn Korf, site manager at Barnes County Senior Center who also works with the Barnes County Food Pantry, said donations have kept up with that increased need.
Read more in Friday's Times-Record
The Barnes County Sheriff's Department has moved into new offices in the former USDA Building Behind Wagon Wheel Motel off Winter Show Road. Visitors to the new office should enter through the east doors.
Read more in Thursday's Times-Record.
Jennifer Ritterling, senior meteorologist with the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service, said Wednesday it is hard to gauge moisture on the ground because â€śeverything is still frozen,â€ť but as of April 4, â€śdrought is ongoing with some improvement.â€ť
Ritterling said the Grand Forks office is mostly concerned with flooding predictions, but for farmers, drought can be a bigger concern.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of April 2, Barnes County and southeastern North Dakota was categorized as being in moderate to extreme drought conditions.
In spite of a lingering winter, summer will soon be upon us and with it will come kids who are out of school and bored. A variety of summer camps are available for youth and parents in a range of prices including traditional summer camps, camps for athletes, academic and arts camps, and Bible camps. Some even offer financial assistance to those who qualify.
For information on many of the summer camps for area kids, read Thursday's Times-Record.
The Valley City Public School Board approved a contract Tuesday during a special meeting for Martin (Marty) Bratrud as the new activities director for the school district.
The school board unanimously approved the contract after a recommendation by the interview committee. Bratrud starts work officially on August 5 this year.
Read more about Bratrud in Thursday's Times-Record.
A meeting for the community gardens in Valley City is set for Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Hi-Liner Activity Center. There are currently six plots available for rental.
To learn more about the gardens, read Wednesday's Times-Record.