January 11th, 2013
Flu season in Barnes County, as well as the remainder of North Dakota has begun.
As of Jan. 10, 1,077 cases of influenza have been reported statewide, with four cases reported in Barnes County. And that doesnâ€™t reflect those who may have the flu but havenâ€™t seen doctors.
Lori Thompson, Registered Nurse, of City-County Health District in Valley City believes the number will increase significantly as the disease spreads. Thompson also noted that test results of patients that are already infected may not be in.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has issued a statewide Travel Alert through Saturday morning in advance of the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted winter storm to impact the state.
Work on a second Sheyenne Riverbank Stabilization project along Main Street will begin Monday, Jan. 14.
According to Erik Gilbertson of city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson, the contractor will be installing steel sheeting to repair erosion that has taken place along the Sheyenne River. Main Street in Valley City will be closed for about one month. Traffic will be detoured to Second Street Northwest from Fifth Avenue Northwest to Central Avenue.
Access to businesses will be maintained during construction work.
The Barnes County Commission voted to terminate its contract with Valley City for 9-1-1 services during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Also, the commission, which did not formally approve a pay and benefits package for 9-1-1 dispatchers who may become county employees, did instruct emergency manager Kim Franklin to make employment offers to dispatchers using wage and benefit proposals she made to the commission.
Also, county commissioners discussed agricultural property tax increases with zoning coordinator Betty Koslofsky.
The Valley Troubadors are looking to increase membership as they begin practice for their spring concerts, director Lance Dreveky said.
Kirk Dockter, who joined the Troubadors two years ago, said on a good night, the singing group can usually get 18 people together, but "we would like to see numbers grow."
"We'd really just like to appeal to people in the community who like to sing," Dockter said. "Because it's a lot of fun; it's a blast."
Barnes County Commissioners voted to send notice to Valley City regarding termination of the existing 9-1-1 contract during their regular meeting on Jan. 8.
According to Stateâ€™s Attorney, Lee Grossman, the old contract, which dates from the 1990s, needed to be updated regardless of whether the 9-1-1 system is taken over by Barnes County.
The current contract, as it is written, will end on July 16.
Commissioners also considered pay and benefits for city employed 9-1-1 dispatchers who may become county employees if Barnes County takes over day-to-day operations of the 9-1-1 system.
The North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame Committee has selected Bill Gross of Cleveland, N.D., and Dick and Theresa Tokach of Mandan, N.D., as 2013 inductees into the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame.
The Valley City City Commission decided Monday during its finance meeting to consider reconstituting building permit fees in Valley City.
â€śIn 2004, the city voted to eliminate all fees on building permits in the city,â€ť Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said.
That vote remained in effect for six years, which has expired, so now the commission is able to consider reconstituting building permit fees.
WEST FARGO â€” There are a nights a team just finds its rhythm early and in Tuesdayâ€™s 80-49 loss to West Fargo, the Valley City High School basketball team was on the wrong end of the scenario.
On their home court, the Packers scored 15 points in the first four minutes, and never let up, shooting 62 percent from the 3-point line and finishing 10-12 from long distance in the first half.
WEST FARGO â€” For the first month of the season, the Valley City High School girls basketball team was tested in plenty of ways. Overtime. Large comebacks.
But after a 68-47 loss Tuesday at West Fargo High School, the previously undefeated Hi-Liners faced their toughest challenge yet â€” the defending state runner-up.
Though the Hi-Liner girls opened the game with a point-for-point run with the Packers, a lack of scoring late in the first half kept Valley City from winning their seventh straight to start the season.