October 4th, 2012
The Festival of Trees â€“ a long-running fundraiser for the Mercy HealthCare Foundation â€“ has been set for Nov. 24 at the Valley City Eagles Aerie, said Stephanie Mayfield, organizer of this yearâ€™s event.
Mayfield, until recently executive vice president of the Valley City Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday this is the first time she has been involved in the fundraiser.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds for hospital capital expenses, such as equipment, that are not covered by normal operating revenues.
People from the area will join together Sunday, Oct. 21 to walk for a subject they hope to shed some light on.Â
The 2012 â€śOut of the Darknessâ€ť community walk has been hosted annually for the past three years by Mercy Hospitalâ€™s Wellness in the Valley along with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Debbie Anderson, director of Wellness in the Valley, said the intention of the walk, which also takes place in communities around the nation, is to bring the topic of suicide out of the darkness.
An estimated 1,100 students from four of Valley Cityâ€™s hometown school campuses celebrated International Walk To School Day on Wednesday morning.
Students from Washington, Jefferson and St. Catherineâ€™s Elementary Schools, as well as the Valley City Junior/Senior High School students all took part in the event that is aimed to raise awareness of pedestrian needs, especially among children.
MONTPELIER â€” There are nights where things just click for a team.
Tuesday, the Maple Valley High School volleyball team had one of them.
With the exception of a short time early in the second set, the Raiders controlled the tempo of the game, from the serve to the net play, in a 25-6, 25-18, 25-15 road win over Litchville-Marion/Montpelier.
"They're finding their confidence and they're finding their level of play," Maple Valley coach Jessica Theurer said. "They're really coming around, and they need to this at time of the year."
Early on, the Raiders made the most of their serves.
Valley City State University students and local Boy Scouts are both helping upgrade the Valley City National Fish Hatchery and make it a more welcoming place for the public, said fish hatchery manager Kurt Eversman.
â€śItâ€™s kind of taken off at the Pomeroy farmstead,â€ť an area the hatchery has set aside for public use including picnicking and nature watching, Eversman said.
Eversman plans to make the old farm site into the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site (OWLS) originally envisioned for the location.
The Barnes County Commission began forming a hiring committee that will review the applications for the vacant seat of county auditor and has set an Oct. 15 deadline for applicants to serve as the fifth member of the Barnes County Water Resource District Board.
County Stateâ€™s Attorney Lee Grossman said at Tuesdayâ€™s commission meeting, he has received eight applications for the auditor position.
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The Valley City State University Bookstore is now offering tickets for the universityâ€™s theatre productions, beginning with Third, by Pulitzer-Winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. With convenient hours 8AM-4PM Monday through Friday, people can purchase their tickets at the bookstore located in the Student Center at the corner of Viking Drive and 2nd Ave. SW. Students from any school are admitted free to VCSU Theatre productions, but need a student ticket for admission. Single tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens.
On the suggestion of Barnes County States Attorney Lee Grossman, the county commission decided not to pass a resolution that would have acted preemptively to protect local control over more restrictive secondhand smoke measures if an anti-smoking bill is passed by North Dakota Voters this November.
â€śI donâ€™t want you guys to make a decision youâ€™ll regret later,â€ť Grossman told the commission at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
Valley City City Commissioners started off their regular meeting Monday by welcoming two new police officers joining the Valley City Police Department. City officials also approved financing for a Valley City/Barnes County Development Corp. project.
Police officers Breanna Tessin and Nicholas Horner were both sworn into office Monday. Tessin is originally from Minnesota and is currently living in West Fargo, and Horner is a Valley City native.
Nikki Johnson is on her second month in her new business in downtown Valley City. Johnson, Valley City, opened Absolute Tranquility Therapeutic Massage in July, offering a variety of relaxation services.
Johnson is also an occupational therapist but decided she wanted to focus on a more relaxing side to therapy.
â€śThe world is so stressful, I just want to focus on helping people relax and incorporate it into their healthy living,â€ť she said.