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April 17th, 2013

Road Restrictions, Farmers Need Exemptions

April 17, 2013

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.

City Votes Yes on AMI

April 17, 2013

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.

VC Schools to Seek Forgiveness on Snow Day

April 17, 2013

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

BC Roads Difficult To Keep Clear

April 17, 2013

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 “gravel roads are sloppy and soft.”
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

Mont. Man Hurt in I-94 Crash

April 17, 2013

Montana man Gary Bateman was injured in a Monday evening single-vehicle accident near Valley City, said Rhonda Saxberg of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Bateman of Poplar, Mont., located near Williston, was driving a 2009 Ford Econoline van westbound on Interstate 94 about four miles west of Valley City when the accident happened.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.

April 16th

Snowbound ND taxpayers get break from IRS

April 16, 2013

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven Monday said the Internal Revenue Service has agreed to extend the deadline for filing tax returns in North Dakota, and waive penalties for late returns.
Midnight Monday was the deadline to file. But residents across the state were digging out from a record-breaking snowstorm that dropped as many as 19 inches of snow, drifting snow in some communities, delaying school openings and closing stores and major roads.

Permanent Flood Control a Step Closer

April 16, 2013

Valley City's Flood Task Force learned Friday what lies ahead with the city's permanent flood protection and flood buyout plan and how the projects may be funded.
According to Valley City Administrator Dave Schelkoph, the city could receive about $11.6 million in state money to continue the next phase of permanent flood protection.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.

Sanford Clinic Receives Echocardiography Accreditation

April 16, 2013

Valley City's Sanford Health Valley City Clinic has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in the areas of adult stress and adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, said Linda Lane, director of clinic operations.
Monday Lane said technician Jessica Fabian under the overall supervision of Dr. Misty Anderson performs the examination. Lane. Referrals for use of the equipment can be made by any clinic doctors, and results and their reading is overseen electronically by the Sanford Health Department of Cardiology in Fargo, Lane said.

Another Monday Snow Day

April 16, 2013

Snow kept schools and some businesses from opening another Monday this year after nine to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow fell on the area from Sunday morning to Monday afternoon. The winter storm, which was deemed a blizzard Sunday afternoon, mimics several others like it this year.
The winter storm was the fourth Sunday-Monday fiasco this year that resulted in closed schools and businesses and cancelled activities Monday as road crews scrambled to get the streets cleaned.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.

April 15th

County Government Week Monday - Friday

April 15, 2013

Fuel assistance, Medicaid, absentee voting ballots, marriage licenses, veterans benefits, immunizations, becoming a licensed or registered child care provider, plant identification and road maintenance are a few of the services offered within Barnes County and at the Barnes County courthouse.

Barnes County residents will have the chance to learn more about many services available to them during County Government Week Monday through Friday at the courthouse.

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