April 15th, 2013
The Barnes County Emergency Management Committee was not able to answer several questions posed by 9-1-1 dispatchers at a meeting on Thursday. Dispatchers sent a 3-page list of questions along with Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson who attended the meeting. Questions ranged from pay and benefit issues to training. Among the unanswered questions was who will provide back-up to dispatchers.
For more on continuing coverage on the 9-1-1 changeover, read Monday's Times-Record.
Students and family members packed the cafeteria in Valley City State University's student center Friday fora freshman orientation for the spring 2013 semester.
The orientation started about 10:30 a.m. with a large group session for students and parents in the cafeteria, and continued throughout the day, concluding with option tours and office visits starting at 3:30 p.m.
More in Monday's issue of the Times-Record
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 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.
The Barnes County Relay for Life has a few changes this year, but Mary Dahl, community relationship manager for the American Cancer Society, said the annual fundraiser will continue the same traditions.
"We're still going to be honoring survivorship and caregiving and honoring those lost to cancer," she said.
This year's event will move to a new downtown location and because of feedback from the community, will only run through midnight instead of all night long.
Find out more in Monday's Times-Record.
In like a lion, out like... No wait, that was March. And April snows don't produce much for flowers.
The state, the northern tier, was hit by a massive snowstorm that began Sunday, and is still producing snow this morning. Interstate 94 is closed from the Montana line to the Minnesota line, and travel on all other roads in North Dakota is ill-advised.
Schools around the area are closed today, and many events are postponed. Make sure you check first before going out.
No Travel Advisory extended to Jamestown and surrounding areas
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol have extended the No Travel Advisory to include Jamestown and surrounding areas due to heavy snow and high winds causing areas of near zero visibility, and snow and ice covered roadways. Motorists should not travel in the area due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel.
Dillan Ostrom and Ricky Paulson have joined the Times-Record sports team as stringers and should soon be seen at area sporting events.
Ostrom is a Valley City State University senior majoring in Media Communications, and Paulson is a senior at Valley City High School.
Read more about them in Friday's Times-Record.
Summer will soon be here, and with that folks will be hitting local lakes and rivers in their boats. Several species of aquatic nuisances have been identified in area waters. To learn what they are and how to prevent the spread of ANS, read Friday's Times-Record.
The Barnes County Food Pantry has seen an increased need in the community, and JoAnn Korf, site manager at Barnes County Senior Center who also works with the Barnes County Food Pantry, said donations have kept up with that increased need.
Read more in Friday's Times-Record
The Barnes County Sheriff's Department has moved into new offices in the former USDA Building Behind Wagon Wheel Motel off Winter Show Road. Visitors to the new office should enter through the east doors.
Read more in Thursday's Times-Record.