July 5th, 2012
Barnes County saw an increase in serious crimes between 2010 and 2011, according to figures released Monday by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
The number of serious crimes committed in Barnes County grew by 11 from 101 in 2010 to 112 in 2011.
The number of serious offenses handled by the Barnes County Sheriffâ€™s Department grew by 29, from 17 in 2010 to 46 in 2011.
The number of serious crimes in Valley City fell by 18 from 84 in 2010 to 66 in 2011.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. trains have been blocking the railroad crossings in Sanborn for decades and the Barnes County Commission is remaining focused on a solution to the problem.
The commission decided Tuesday to coordinate a time for the sheriff or a deputy to be posted in Sanborn to catch a train engineer who is blocking traffic for longer than 10 minutes.
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team offense was a bit more sluggish in its first game Monday than coach Lance Lukes would have liked it to be, but later recovered for the second game of a double header with Lisbon.
But in Tuesdayâ€™s 20-2 district win in Edgeley, there were no early jitters.
The team put together at least three runs in each inning, ending the game after five, and had 15 total hits.
â€śItâ€™s always tough coming from a game like Monday,â€ť Lukes said. â€śThere can be times where players get set in looking for the walks and stop being aggressive at the plate.â€ť
Attention Times-Record readers:
Due to the 4th of July holiday, there will be no Times-Record paper or delivery Wednesday.
We will be back with all your local news Thursday!
As co-chairs of this yearâ€™s American Cancer Society Barnes County Relay For Life, we would like to thank residents of Barnes County and beyond for their generosity and support. Six energetic and dedicated teams participated in this yearâ€™s event and raised more than $27,000 to help the Societyâ€™s fight for every birthday, threatened by every cancer, here and throughout the world. We are anticipating breaking the $30,000 mark by the end of relay season, Aug. 31. We would like for supporters to know that donations can be accepted in support of the 2012 event until that date.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks declared a heat advisory for eastern North Dakota on Monday as temperatures reached into the 90-degree territory and humidity in some cities in the region was more than 70 percent, causing the heat index to hover around 100 degrees.
NWS meteorologist Brad Hopkins said heat advisories are declared on a day-by-day basis and there is a good chance they could continue throughout the week.
The Monday/Thursday farmers market will begin its 34th year on Monday, July 9 in the Rosebud Parking lot across from the Elks building. The market will continue Thursday, July 12 in the Pamida parking lot.
Norma Voldal, manager of the market, said they tried splitting the locations of the markets last year as an experiment, and it worked so well that they decided to do it again this year.
When times get tough for Valley City Babe Ruth pitcher Nate Rodriguez, his main goal is to avoid getting in a rut mentally.
â€śWhat (head coach) Lance (Lukes) always tells me is to keep my head up and keep it clear,â€ť Rodriguez said.
It was an outlook that came in handy in an 11-1 win Monday in the first game of a double header sweep over Lisbon.
After getting the first three batters out in succession, Rodriguez finished the next three innings with the bases loaded for the final out, but allowed only one run to score.
Major League Baseballâ€™s All-Star Game is July 10th and the rosters are set. Each year, comparing my All-Stars with the actual rosters is fun and interesting. No sense in wasting any time. Having not looked at the rosters yet, weâ€™ll begin with my National League All-Star team. After revealing my team, weâ€™ll scope out the real All-Star team, compare and contrast, Iâ€™ll defend my picks, and weâ€™ll do the same for the American League (which will be the topic of discussion next week). All stats used are as of games completed through June 30, 2012.
Mercy Hospital Administrator Keith Heuser said Friday â€śoverall Iâ€™m pleasedâ€ť that the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the federal Affordable Care Act â€śas intended with changes in penalties.â€ť
Heuser said â€śthere are areas that need work, but when it comes to protecting people, there is a lot of good in the law. It allows people to access health care without fear of not being able to pay.â€ť
He said preventive care without co-pays that are part of the new law might help cut costs of treating diseases caught early or nipped in the bud by preventive care.