Thanks to an new Federal Communications Commission regulation, some television viewers will start to notice that commercials are no longer louder than the programs in which they run. A new regulation states that commercials canât be louder than the average volume of the TV show.
Area residents on Cable Services Inc., however, will not notice a change because the small cable company has been waived by the FCC from compliance with the new regulation.
According to the regulation, providers with fewer than 15,000 customers will not have to comply.
Residents and businesses of Barnes County did the community well this past month by donating their time and money to several local charity campaigns held annually over the Christmas season. Almost all charity organizers said theyâve seen the need in the community go up, and local campaigns and programs have seen record numbers of donations this year.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a crash between a semitrailer and a pickup killed six men on Interstate 94 near Jamestown at about 10:55 a.m. Wednesday. The accident happened on eastbound Interstate 94 at mile marker 258.
Sgt. Josh Rude said the six men were in a westbound pickup truck when the driver lost control. The pickup went through the median and was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound semitrailer. The semi trailer was being driven by a 23-year-old resident of Mandan.
Rude says all six men in the pickup were killed.
The City of Valley City along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will hold a public meeting Jan. 10 to provide a status update to the public on the Valley City Sheyenne River Flood Risk Management Feasibility study.
The study is a cost-shared effort between the Corps and Valley City to evaluate alternatives for flood risk management in the area.
Since a state law prohibiting smoking in public places went into effect last month, area law enforcement hasnât had any problems with enforcement, but bar owners and managers have vastly different opinions on how the law has affected their businesses.
According to Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin and Detective Mark McDonald of the Valley City Police Department, neither of their departments have had any complaints about smokers.
Valley City High School Junior Aislinn Fogarty wore the same shirt for 30 days as a way to raise awareness of the fact many young people around the world only have one shirt to wear.
She hastens to add she washed the garment on a regular basis.
The effort was also part of a fund-raising campaign to help young people who canât afford more than one shirt.
The 17-year-old daughter of Paula Fogarty said people âpledged 50 cents or a dollar for every day I wear the shirt.â They live in Valley City.
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Erik Johnson, a 8th grade student at Valley City Jr. High won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on December 14th and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. Eighth grader, Hunter Olstad, was first runner-up. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. This yearâs Bee is sponsored by Google.
Nadine VanDyke has been named 2012 Mercy Hospital Auxilian-of-the-Year by fellow volunteers at the Valley City Hospital, said auxiliary Vice President Diane Heuser.
The award was presented by Donna Nelson, 2011 Mercy Hospital Auxilian-of-the-Year, Heuser said.
Heuser said the award was only created a few years ago, a suggestion of her own.
The wife of hospital administrator Keith Heuser, Heuser said, âWhere we were before (coming to Mercy), they always had this type of thing (awards for volunteers).â
Betty Jorissen, who volunteers to listen to students read at Jefferson Elementary School, said good-bye to her students for a few months last week.
Jorissenâs last day volunteering for the year was Tuesday, and the students had their last day of school Friday, but Jorissen wonât return right away in the new year.
âWe just had a tearful goodbye because I go away for the winter,â she said. She heads south from January through March.
But Jorissen plans to return as long as sheâs able.
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MINOT, N.D. â Hope Villageâs director Pastor Paul Krueger presented both the Recovery Warehouse and the United Wayâs Unmet Needs committee with checks for $63,012.60.
The donation was taken from the proceeds of Hope Villageâs â50k in 30 Daysâ fund-raiser that ran through November. Hope Village had chosen to donate 45 percent of the funds raised in the campaign to each of the two partners.
The remaining 10 percent ($14,002.80) plus developer Kent Busekâs original $25,000 will stay with Hope Village for its day-to-day operations.