May 22nd, 2013
During a regular meeting of the Valley City Commission Monday, commissioner Mary Lee Nielson said she believed Barnes County officials did not have a good reason for spending taxpayer's money to move the 9-1-1 dispatch center from the Valley City Law Enforcement Center to the basement of the Barnes County Courthouse. Read about this and other business conducted by the commission in Wednesday's Times-Record.
A storm chaser who witnessed the violent, deadly tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb Monday was born in Valley City, and his mother taught at Valley City State University for a short time.
Ben McMillan was born July 27, 1981 in Valley City to mother Dale Bryner and father James McMillan. Bryner was a ceramics instructor at VCSU from 1981 to 1982, McMillan said during a phone interview Tuesday.
McMillan said he and other storm chasers who work with a website called Stormscapelive.tv, intercepted the massive tornado in Moore, Okla. Monday.
Read more in Wednesday's Times-Record.
A man arrested in Valley City Friday by Valley City Police will return to Minnesota to face assault charges after waiving extradition.
Zakariya Abdikarim, 26, waived extradition to Minnesota before Southeast Judicial District Court Judge James Hovey Monday. Abdikarim was charged with first and second degree assault in Minnesota for allegedly stabbing a man in Moorhead on May 5.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Valley City is under a flood watch in low-lying areas as a result of light to moderate rain continuing across most of the region Monday.
With another one to two inches through Tuesday on top of some places that have already saturated ground, some local area flooding is possible. The rain will begin to taper off Tuesday night.
According to the National Weather Service, an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible through today on top of already saturated ground. Some overland area flooding is possible in low lying areas.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who gave their lives in the service of their country. Memorial Day services are planned for communities in and around Barnes County Monday. To learn more about services, read Tuesday's Times-Record.
A young group of local musicians will perform for their hometown crowd as they open at the street dance during this year's Rally in the Valley community days. The band, called Three Card Molly, hopes to draw a large crowd and continue playing gigs throughout the summer.
The Valley City-based band will first play an all-ages "summer kick-off" show at Moon Lake southwest of Valley City on Friday, May 24 from 8 to 11 p.m., and then they'll perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Broken Spoke parking lot as the opening act to Twin Cities-based band 8 Foot 4 for the street dance.
Three additional cases of active tuberculosis have been identified in Cass and Stutsman counties, North Dakota Department of Health officials reported Thursday.
Barnes County residents should not be overly concerned about cases being found in adjacent counties, said Theresa Will, executive director of the City-County Health District.
â€śWe don't have any active cases in the area,â€ť Will said Friday. â€śGood cough etiquette and washing handsâ€ť will help limit exposure to the bacteria, Will said.
More in Monday's issue of the Times-Record.
Local youth have the opportunity to audition for a part in Alice In Wonderland in a couple weeks. Amy Tahran, president of UpStage Productions, Inc. which is hosting the week-long theater event along with Prairie Fire Children's Theater, said they are hoping for at least 35 kids ages 7-18 to audition.
Auditions are Monday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Catherine's Elementary School gymnasium, and youth will attend workshops the remainder of the week, preparing for the final production Saturday.
Read more in Monday's Times-Record.
Valley City Police arrested a Moorhead stabbing suspect without incident Friday Morning. The suspect, who was in possession of a stolen vehicle, was arrested on charges of first and second degree assault for stabbing a 25-year-old male at a Moorhead social gathering on May 5. Vehicle theft charges are pending. The suspect is currently in the Barnes County Jail.
Read more about the arrest in Monday's Times-Record
Barnes County is prepared to spend up to $20,360 to remodel the county courthouse basement to ready space for a new 9-1-1 dispatch center on top of the estimated $63,000 estimated to move the center.
At a special Barnes County Commission meeting on Thursday, commissioners voted to move forward with the remodel project 3-1 with commissioner John Froelich voting no and commissioner Phil Leitner absent.
For more on the 9-1-1 move, read Friday's Times-Record