FARGO, N.D. (AP) â€” The U.S. Department of Labor is suing the owner of the Valley City Super 8 Motel and several other hotels for allegedly failing to pay minimum wage and overtime rates in North Dakota and Montana.
The complaint says that Bharat "Brian" Patel owes about $100,000 in back wages and $100,000 in damages to front-desk clerks, housekeeping staff and other hotel employees. The case involves 193 workers at 13 hotels.
According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.
August Hochhalter, 4, visited with Santa Tuesday during the Valley City Wellness, Health and Physical Education Center Pledge-a-Thon at the Valley City Parks and Recreation Center. The event was held in an effort to raise funds to close a $4 million gap in funding for the facility.
District 24 Legislators spoke to Valley City School Board members on issues that affect the district Monday during the board's regular meeting.
District 24 Sen. Larry Robinson and Rep. Dwight Kiefert told school board members it is a top priority for them to change the state K-12 funding formula that was passed during the 2013 legislative session. More in Wednesday's Times-Record.
Steve Guscette and his wife are working hard to turn the former Wimbledon School building into an apartment building and convention center. More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.
Each week, local law enforcement asks for help from the community in locating individuals who have warrants out for their arrest.
Serena Sara Murno is wanted on bench warrants for failure to appear on charges of possession of a controlled substance in jail/correctional facility, and failure to pay fees on the charge of preventing arrest or discharge of other duties.
Murno, 40, is a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is five feet four inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.
For several years, Paul Stenshoel has urged Barnes County to help protect old cemeteries in rural areas. At a Tuesday Barnes County Commission meeting, Stenshoel said he wanted the county to take responsibility for protecting â€śabandonedâ€ť cemeteries from being plowed up. More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.
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The season could be very joyous for holiday travelers this year with average gasoline prices at a five-year low and dropping. According to the AAA Auto Club, as of Monday, gas in Fargo was about $2.48 per gallon for regular unleaded, compared to $2.91 in November and $2.95 a year ago. The average price nationally on Monday for regular unleaded was $2.54. More in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Both the grand prize winner and winner of the 2014 Snowman Decorating contest were announced Monday by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Weekly Christmas in the Valley button contest winners were also announced.
Winner of the grand prize â€“ a Surface Pro 2 Tablet, donated in part by Hi-Line Technology, was Gary Peterson.
Dacotah Bank was selected as the Snowman Decorating winner.
More in Tuesday's Times-Record.