April 19th, 2013
The Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce and Valley City-Barnes County Development Corp. is asking the community to nominate deserving businesses for their joint awards banquet in May.
Chamber office manager Kay Vinje said they'll give out four awards at the annual banquet, which are the business of the year award, community image award, community spirit award and hi-line award.
To learn more about the criteria of the awards, read Friday's Times-Record.
Smoke-free signs must be posted in all enclosed public places and places of employment under North Dakotaâ€™s new smoke-free law, said Vicki Voldal Rosenau, City-County Health District tobacco prevention coordinator.
The Valley City-based City-County Health District has educational resources and free signs available for local business. Downloadable sign templates and educational resources are available at www.breathend.com.
More in Friday's issue of the Times-Record
Valley City has a 50 percent chance of moderate spring flooding, said Greg Gust of the National Weather Service Grand Forks office Thursday.
As a result of the latest prediction, the Valley City Commission planned to meet in special session 7:30 a.m. today â€śto declare a flood emergency and to open the door for federal funding,â€ť said Mayor Bob Werkhoven.
More in Friday's issue of the Times-Record.
Barnes County has two new options to consider regarding where the 9-1-1 dispatch could be located. During its regular meeting on Tuesday, Barnes County. Commissioners discussed four options for the move, which is planned to take place on or before July 16, and hope to make a decision soon.
For more on possible locations for the 9-1-1 dispatch center, read Thursday Times-Record.
Local runners were shocked when they learned that two bomb blasts near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon killed three and injured 140.
Fargo Marathon director Mark Knutson said that the chilling attacks made him very sad.
"I've already been asked if we are going to increase security," Knutson said of the May 18 Fargo Marathon, which is expected to attract more than 20,000 runners. "We'll take whatever steps necessary but something like this, it's pretty much impossible to prevent."
More in Thursday's issue of the Times-Record
Valley City State University will host its second annual Earth Day Festival Monday at Medicine Wheel Park. The festival will include games, activities, informational activities and musical entertainment, all highlighting the celebration of Earth Week. Other events on campus and in Valley City are planned through Thursday.
Monday's festivities will be held from 5-9 p.m. at Medicine Wheel Park. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will shift to VCSU's Osmon Fieldhouse, according to a press release from the university.
Read all about the events in Thursday's Times-Record.
The elimination of exemptions for weight restrictions on some Barnes County roads left many farmers and business people upset and confused over how business and farmers would haul fertilizer this spring. About 35 people were present at a regular meeting of the Barnes County Commission Tuesday. Many had objections to the elimination of exemptions. Commissioners listened, then voted to re-establish some of the exemptions.
For more on this story, read Wednesday's Times-Record.
The Valley City Commission voted 4-1 to move ahead with an Automated Metering Infrastructure system for public utilities at its Monday meeting. The AMI system will allow the city to read utility meters remotely, eliminating the need for meter-readers.
For more about the AMI system, read Wednesday's Times-Record.
Valley City Public Schools superintendent Dean Koppelman plans to ask the school board to support him in asking the North Dakota Department of Instruction and Governor Jack Dalrymple's Office to forgive Monday's snow day and all others in the future.
Koppelman said Tuesday the school district has used all four of its designated makeup days this school year, and board members will discuss the issue during the next school board meeting, Tuesday, April 23 at 5 p.m. The meeting was rescheduled from Monday.
Read more in Wednesday's Times-Record
Barnes County Highway Department work crews are having a difficult time keeping gravel roads cleared, said Superintendent Kerry Johnson. Except for about an hour early in the morning â€śgravel roads are sloppy and soft.â€ť
During that hour, Johnson said plows can operate on the gravel roads to clear snow, but when the gravel roads thaw, plows just sink in.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record