April 11th, 2013
Jennifer Ritterling, senior meteorologist with the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service, said Wednesday it is hard to gauge moisture on the ground because â€śeverything is still frozen,â€ť but as of April 4, â€śdrought is ongoing with some improvement.â€ť
Ritterling said the Grand Forks office is mostly concerned with flooding predictions, but for farmers, drought can be a bigger concern.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of April 2, Barnes County and southeastern North Dakota was categorized as being in moderate to extreme drought conditions.
In spite of a lingering winter, summer will soon be upon us and with it will come kids who are out of school and bored. A variety of summer camps are available for youth and parents in a range of prices including traditional summer camps, camps for athletes, academic and arts camps, and Bible camps. Some even offer financial assistance to those who qualify.
For information on many of the summer camps for area kids, read Thursday's Times-Record.
The Valley City Public School Board approved a contract Tuesday during a special meeting for Martin (Marty) Bratrud as the new activities director for the school district.
The school board unanimously approved the contract after a recommendation by the interview committee. Bratrud starts work officially on August 5 this year.
Read more about Bratrud in Thursday's Times-Record.
A meeting for the community gardens in Valley City is set for Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Hi-Liner Activity Center. There are currently six plots available for rental.
To learn more about the gardens, read Wednesday's Times-Record.
Three area students â€“ two from Valley City and one from Tower City â€“ won the "Eat Smart. Play Hard." poster contest sponsored by the North Dakota State University Extension Service, the North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the NDSU Center for 4-H Youth Development. The contest was a way to teach students about maintaing a healthy body by educating others.
To learn who the winners were, read Wednesday's Times-Record.
It is essential for consumers to carefully read labels on over the counter medications, Mercy Hospital Pharmacist Amy Noeske Tuesday told about 60 people at the Valley City Senior Center for the District VI 2013 North Dakota Governor's Forum on Aging.
Noeske spoke about over-the-counter medications and how to decide which are right for the consumer. Noeske said it is essential for consumers to carefully read labels on over the counter medications.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record
During the District VI 2013 North Dakota Governor's Forum on Aging at the Valley City Senior Center, Sharon Buhr and Michon Kysilka urged attendees to eat more fruits and vegetables.
About 60 people, many of them senior citizens, were at at the center for the half-day forum, which ran from 9 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.
Elderly abuse, including financial abuse like scams against seniors, is on the rise in North Dakota, primarily because the state's population is aging. A bill recently passed both houses in the legislature that would require reporting of suspected elder abuse.
For more about the elder abuse bill, read Tuesday's Times-Record.
A new program developed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and North Dakota Department of Agriculture aims to connect landowners with hunters and trappers to help control the population.
Jeb Williams, assistant chief of wildlife division for the NDGF, said, "The goal of the program is to identify interested landowners who have been seeing or have coyotes on their property and would like to get rid of them. The goal is to provide a database of sportsmen interested in hunting coyotes."
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Legislation aimed at tougher penalties for DUIs failed in the North Dakota Senate last week with opponents saying it would tie up the court system. Local law enforcement believe stiffer penalties could help reduce the incidence of drunk-driving in and around Valley City. Education aimed at reducing DUIs is also necessary.
For more on this story, read Tuesday's Times-Record.