August 29th, 2012
The biggest Labor Day weekend party in Barnes County, the annual Dazey Sodbusters Stampede and Bull-O-Rama, will take place Sunday at the Sibley Crossing on Lake Ashtabula.
This will be the 67th year for the event which has grown steadily to attract 3,000 people in recent years. Each year a Dazey Sodbusters Club member is selected to be honored as â€śSodbuster of the Year.â€ť This yearâ€™s honoree is Dale Kunze.
Kunze, 70, said he has been involved with the Sodbusters organization for more than 50 years.
About two dozen city and county officials and health care workers met at the Health Education Center at Mercy Hospital for a community health assessment Tuesday morning.
The assessment was organized by the Valley City-Barnes County Health District and Mercy Hospital, and was used to develop a community health improvement plan, a requirement for City-County Health to be an accredited public health district and for the hospital to maintain itâ€™s not-for-profit status.
Following a sewer emergency a week-and-a-half ago, all six motors from Valley City lift stations are installed and the crank is back to normal operating procedures.
The morning of Friday, Aug. 17, residents of Valley City were asked to conserve water as a precautionary measure when lift station motors failed, causing raw sewage to be dumped into the Sheyenne River.
â€śWith the different inflows in the sewer system throughout the year, we kind of have seasons just like everything else,â€ť Schelkoph said.
Valley City City Commission members met Monday during a special meeting to approve a perpetual restrictive covenant, restricting the city from building any structure other than for flood control on its acquired properties. They also approved a street reconstruction project on the streets surrounding the water treatment plant.
Barnes County Commissioner Rodger Berntson said misinformation from Stateâ€™s Attorney Lee Grossman affected his vote at an Aug. 7 commission meeting, but admits his lone dissenting vote would not have made a difference.
The commission voted 5-0 to appoint a person to fill the shoes of resigning County Auditor Ed McGough. County auditor is an elected position, but the commissioners felt there was too little time to solicit candidates for the November ballot.
Starting this fall, kids and teachers will see some changes to the school lunch program because of the new federal mandate. These tough new mandatory regulations are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and every public school in the nation is required to follow the standards beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. These standards bring an emphasis to fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat milk.
SANBORN, N.D. â€“ Earlier this month, Barnes County Water Resource District Board member Duane Lettenmaier was removed from the board by the Barnes County Commission for work on a drain that exceeded the original scope of the project.
Potter Township officer David Lettenmaier, Duaneâ€™s brother, said the water problem still remains an issue at Tuesdayâ€™s county commission meeting. The township officer said a metal detector was used on County Road 11 north of Sanborn where existing culverts were found.
Black, white, red, yellow and brown; large or small; male or female; young or old; all the dogs participating in Saturdayâ€™s fourth annual Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals Walk-And-Wag-Athon all had one thing in common: their owners care about animals.
Bringing in $1,380 to the organization, this yearâ€™s fundraising event nearly doubled last yearâ€™s take of $727.
As of Wednesday, the North Dakota Department of Health reported five new human cases of West Nile virus since reporting the first case two weeks ago, bringing the statewide total to 19. This compares to only four cases confirmed in 2011. The North Dakota Department of Health has not detected increases in West Nile virus activity similar to what has been reported in recent weeks since 2007 when there were 369 human cases reported. Of the 19 confirmed cases, five have been hospitalized.
Chad Petersen from city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson told the Valley City city commission that road construction projects in Valley City are moving along steadily as most are scheduled to wrap up in September and October.
â€śWe have really millions of dollars at work here in the city, getting rid of those pot holes,â€ť Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said during Mondayâ€™s meeting.