May 8th, 2013
The Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University in collaboration with Wilder Research has launched a new website called North Dakota Compass.
The website is modeled after Minnesota Compass, an award-winning social indicators project led by Wilder Research.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record
The Barnes County Commission approved moving the 9-1-1 dispatch center to the basement of the Barnes County Courthouse with a 3-2 vote. For more on this story, read Wednesday's Times-Record.
Click it or Ticket is the motto of a seat belt enforcement blitz planned for May 20 through June 2 throughout North Dakota.
According to a news release from the North Dakota Department of Transportation, "To increase seat belt use, law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be conducting overtime enforcement of seat belt laws during a statewide Click it or Ticket campaign."
"We will schedule overtime to enforce traffic safety with an emphasis on seat belts," said Valley City Police Sergeant Dave Swenson.
Spring fieldwork and planting is finally underway on area farmland.
After being delayed for weeks by cold weather and late spring snow, farmers throughout the area are planting spring wheat and corn as well as picking rocks and applying fertilizer to dry ground.
"We're certainly very late," said Randy Grueneich, North Dakota State University Extension Agent for Barnes County. "If we get wheat in this week we'll be doing very good."
The Barnes County Relay for Life will have an official kickoff rally Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Vicky's Viking Room.
According to a press release from the American Cancer Society, "The rally will feature speakers from the community and will honor cancer survivors."
The kickoff rally will officially launch the Relay's fundraising efforts for the year. Community members have the chance to learn about the new events planned for the Relay that will be held on Central Avenue June 21 from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Megan Tichy, 14, is an artist. And while her friends and family already knew how talented she was, a doodle contest hosted by Google has catapulted Megan into a world of possible national notoriety.
Last week, Google officials were on hand to award Megan, an eighth-grader at Maple Valley School, first place for her age group in the state for her "Doodle4Google" entry.
For her efforts, Megan won a free trip to New York City and the chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship for herself and $50,000 technology grant for her school.
Jennifer Feist, director of development for the Valley City-Barnes County Development Corp., said residents in Valley City want a movie theater back, and there are plenty of options for re-establishing one.
The Development Corp. is looking for someone interested in being an owner/operator of a theater, with plenty of options available for location.
Feist said she's also received inquiries about individuals seeking to be silent partners just because they feel the city needs a movie theater again.
Last Friday, May 3, was a much better day for baseball. The wind wasn't quite as harsh and there was sunshine that at least gave the comfort of being warm. The Vikings played the Mayville State Comets in the noon game for a shot at the championship game against the Jamestown College Jimmies at 3:30 p.m., Friday, at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.
The #4 seed Valley City State University Viking Softball team knocked off number five seed Dakota State in the opening round of the Unaffiliated-A.I.I./Frontier National Qualifying Tournament 11-6, then dropped a tough one to #1 seed Dickinson State 3-1.
Valley City State was outhit by the Lady Tâ€™s in the tournament opener 12-11, but the Vikings cashed in on their scoring opportunities scoring five runs in the first and two in the second on their way to the convincing first round victory.
North Dakota Farmers Union is celebrating May 5-11 as Farmers Union Youth Week, a proclamation signed by Governor Jack Dalrymple.
Youth week is held each year to recognize the NDFU camping and education programs.
More in Monday's issue of the Times-Record.