July 9th, 2012
Special to The Times-Record
Paul Drabus, of Valley City has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant with the North Dakota Army National Guard. He serves with Detachment 1, Company B, 231st Brigade Support Battalion, a Valley City-based maintenance unit. The promotion comes with the new assignment as a squad leader.
Drabus joined the National Guard in April 1997 and has been trained as a metal worker and utilities equipment repairer.
He served on a 15-month mission to Iraq from December 2003 through February 2005 and on a 12-month mission to Kosovo from 2009-10.
The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Gowan Construction, Inc., an Oslo, Minn., based company the EPA had accused of violating the Clean Water Act.
The company agreed to pay $40,000 for violations on a project on Interstate 29 near Harwood, along one of the last stretches of the Sheyenne River before it reaches West Fargo and eventually drains into the Red River of the North.
LAKE ASHTABULA, N.D. â Several dozen people looked quizzically to the sky on Saturday as a small airplane, flying very low, coasted over the lakeâs landings and campgrounds. The plane was just another fiber in a slowly unraveling rope that is tying together a very unusual case in Valley City.
Amber Marcia Glatt, a 22-year-old Valley City State University student, was reported missing at 10:10 p.m., July 4, by her boyfriend Andy Mushet.
It happened again this week. That thing the moon does. It gets plump and full. That big, protective moon sat perched shining life onto the dark, provocative night. I sat under it looking up wondering whatâs itâs like shining light onto the dark, provocative night from way up there. At that point I smiled not just at the moon protecting me âbut at eternity. Iâm certain that plump, golden moon disappeared until next time knowing it had affected me so.
A total of 37 Valley City seventh and eighth-graders and parents went on this yearâs Washington, D.C. Tour, May 29 through June 1, said Mike Watterson, program director for the past 20 years.
Other leaders on the tour were course leader Alex Mathews of World Strides,â and bus driver Todd Walls of the James River Bus Co.
Those on the tour stayed at the Radisson Hotel in Largo, Md.
Watterson said the tour was arranged through World Strides Tours of Charlottesville, Va.
Talks are underway to immortalize a Barnes County nurse with a scholarship at Valley City State University in her name.
Erma Overby passed away on June 4 at age 87. At a regular meeting of the Valley City-Barnes County Health District Board, board member Sharon Buhr called her âa champion of public healthâ and said the City-County Health District should honor her with a scholarship.
âShe was so incredible in terms of bringing Barnes County into the common era for public health,â Burh said.
There has been a lot of controversy in the past year about whether sunscreen is effective against skin cancer or not. It was even brought up that sunscreen potentially caused skin cancer. In 2012, the FDA implemented new guidelines for sunscreens on the market and how they can be labeled to let people know what they are buying and how protected they really are.
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 Sheriffâs 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 Tuesdayâs 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.
âItâs always tough coming from a game like Monday,â Lukes said. âThere can be times where players get set in looking for the walks and stop being aggressive at the plate.â