September 5th, 2012
Valley City police officers will soon start checking in on local drinking establishments to make certain things are going smoothly and underaged persons are not being served.
Last week Fred Thompson, Valley City police chief, said when he came on board several months ago he was surprised to discover regular checks had not been done for several years.
In July, Thompson said, he met with all licensed owners of liquor licenses in Valley City and filled them in on the new plans.
Barnes County will begin advertising for the vacant position of County Auditor effective today.
Normally an elected position, the chosen candidate for the job will be appointed for a term that will expire on March 31, 2015. Elections for the position will be held in November, 2014.
â€śAny Joe Blow could run for this office, but we have the opportunity to be a little more selective, and that doesnâ€™t mean in two years theyâ€™re still going to have that job,â€ť said Commissioner Cindy Schwehr.
Valley Cityâ€™s local Disabled American Veterans Chapter is seeking applicants for itâ€™s long-running, twice-a-year scholarship program, said Jim Verwey, a chapter member and Barnes County Veterans Service Officer.
Verwey said Friday the scholarships are reserved for relatives of chapter members â€“ â€śsons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters.â€ť
Valley Cityâ€™s chapter is the Clarence â€śTomâ€ť Lemley Chapter 24.
Many of todayâ€™s farms are equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System)-powered tractors with houses filled with efficiency appliances, like refrigerators and stoves, but it wasnâ€™t always this technologically-advanced.
This weekend, people have the opportunity to see what life was like on a farm during early days during Fort Ransomâ€™s Sodbusters Days held Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SIBLEY, N.D. â€“ Careers are hard to come by in the rodeo business, but one performer has decided to hang up his nose.
Randy â€śSlipKnotâ€ť Scheidler said backstage at the Dazey Sodbusters Stampede and Bull-A-Rama on Sunday the annual Labor Day celebration would be his last dance in the arena as a rodeo clown. The Cambridge, Minn., native and Sodbusters Stampede veteran said heâ€™s been in the rodeo business for over 30 years.
Aug. 31 marks the Valley City Hi-Liners home-opener against the Dickinson Trinity Titans at 7 p.m. at Hanna Field. The game will also be the VC season opener after last Friday's game with Carrington was rained out.
The Hi-Liner Boosters will be throwing a free-will offering hamburger and brat tailgate party prior to the game at 5:15 p.m.
"The Hi-Liner Booster Club will also be conducting a membership drive during this event," said Hi-Liner Activities Director Dan Larson. "These memberships help fund the projects that give back to the youth in our community."
Does anyone in Valley City remember the tale of the trucker who, when traveling east on I-94 through a snowstorm, gave a ride to the ghost of a dead girl who died in a blizzard?
Or can anyone in Fort Ransom recall the tale of â€śBeaver the Hermit,â€ť who was framed for a murder he did not commit but managed to elude the Sheriff and his posse by hiding out in the Sheyenne River Valley?
I like to play â€śrememberâ€ť with myself for one day when Iâ€™m not able to I will no longer have a game to play. I believe my mind is capable of many things that Iâ€™ve not even tapped in to yet. Phenomenally I know that I have the power to change my mood. Iâ€™ve tried it, tested it and found it most successful. For instance, I can be driving in traffic on I-94 when some whipper-snapper begins tailgating me. Iâ€™m not talking about the kind of tailgating where he is back there somewhere. Iâ€™m talking about the kind where heâ€™s either trying to kiss the bumper on the outside of my car or the one in it.
George Gaukler and his partners in Straus Mall Property LLC are well on their way to turning the long-time downtown Valley City landmark back into a centerpiece of the business community.
Gaukler bought the mall in October of 2011 after it lost its last tenant.
By November of 2011 Gaukler had lined up the first new tenant, Professional Eye Care, and had begun expensive renovations.
Gaukler said Thursday â€śthe spaces are rented to a lawyer and an architect, and the mall is starting to fill up.â€ť
The Barnes County Corrections Center in Valley City is in the beginning stages of procuring the means for rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing of inmates brought to the facility.
â€śItâ€™s a decision made by the state, not by us,â€ť said Valley City-Barnes County Health District Director Theresa Will on Wednesday.
Will said that the jail currently takes swabs to test for HIV but does not get results for about five or six days, and that those tests are being phased out. So far jail staff has not been trained in using the rapid tests.