April 18th, 2013
Valley City State University will host its second annual Earth Day Festival Monday at Medicine Wheel Park. The festival will include games, activities, informational activities and musical entertainment, all highlighting the celebration of Earth Week. Other events on campus and in Valley City are planned through Thursday.
Monday's festivities will be held from 5-9 p.m. at Medicine Wheel Park. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will shift to VCSU's Osmon Fieldhouse, according to a press release from the university.
Read all about the events in Thursday's Times-Record.
The elimination of exemptions for weight restrictions on some Barnes County roads left many farmers and business people upset and confused over how business and farmers would haul fertilizer this spring. About 35 people were present at a regular meeting of the Barnes County Commission Tuesday. Many had objections to the elimination of exemptions. Commissioners listened, then voted to re-establish some of the exemptions.
For more on this story, read Wednesday's Times-Record.
The Valley City Commission voted 4-1 to move ahead with an Automated Metering Infrastructure system for public utilities at its Monday meeting. The AMI system will allow the city to read utility meters remotely, eliminating the need for meter-readers.
For more about the AMI system, read Wednesday's Times-Record.
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.