April 17th, 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.