October 18th, 2012
The Valley City city commission met Wednesday during a special meeting to discuss its reaction to the Barnes County commissionâs decision to move 911 operations to the Barnes County Sheriffâs Office.
The county voted Tuesday to regain control of 911 effective Jan. 1, which would make dispatchers county employees instead of city employees. The change also means moving equipment to a room in the Sheriffâs office and hiring a full-time 911 coordinator.
The Tolna coulee, cutting taxes versus improving services, saving education funding by replacing some local teachers with long-distance learning and public smoking bans were all issues discussed by Democrats and Republicans at Tuesdayâs Candidate Forum.
Hundreds of high school students from throughout the region spent much of Wednesday at the city auditorium for the annual regional Students Against Destructive Decisions Conference sponsored by the Maple Valley SADD Chapter.
Cindy Kapaun, who leads the group with husband Brett Kapaun, said the conference, now in its eighth year, took place from about 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
âWe would have started earlier, but a bus broke down. Weâre kind of the mom and pop of the whole group,â Cindy said.
Pheasant Opener; itâs Christmas, the Super Bowl and one of those Big Money whirlwind machines you sometimes see at casinos all rolled into one, except instead of dollar bills, confetti and wrapping paper, itâs feathers, lead and ejected shell casings that fill the air.
Whether the weekend is spent âat homeâ with friends, or âback homeâ on the farm with family, opener is always good for some new stories, some new ways to cook up our quarry, and some new looks at old tales that we all just get better at telling as the years go by.
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Valley City Public Schools are participating in National School Lunch Week that began Oct. 8 and runs through Friday.
More than 28 million children are served lunch every school day, in more than 99,000 schools. âHere at Valley City Public Schools we serve about 900 kids at lunch each day. For some, this lunch is their most important meal of the day,â said Sue Milender, nutrition services director.
Barnes County commissioners approved in a 3-2 vote to move 911 operations to the county. The decision came after much discussion both during the regular county commission meeting Tuesday and in meetings prior involving the city and county over who would control 911.
A mid-2013 deadline to upgrade existing 911 systems to digital, ânext generationâ 911 was set by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Valley City and Barnes County are interested in a joint powers agreement that has been formed between Richland and Stutsman County for sharing the cost of the new equipment.
A scam has begun circulating in Valley City, trying to convince residents they have won $50 in gift cards, said Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson Monday.
Thompson said Valley City police learned of the scam about one week ago. It consists of written documents claiming the user can obtain vouchers for $50 in Walmart gift cards in return for receiving up to three issues of magazines. Readers are instructed to call an 800 number to receive the gift card voucher.
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The District 24 Democrats held their annual Fall Roundup Friday evening at the VFW Club in Valley City.
The Democratic-NPL evening featured a meal, live auction and silent auction. Special recognition was paid to retiring District 24 Representatives Phil Mueller and Ralph Metcalf.
Larry Robinson, State Senator, said, âRalph Metcalf and Phil Muller served with distinction in the North Dakota House of Representatives.
A weekend tractor fire in Barnes County killed an 87-year-old rural Litchville man, said Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin Monday afternoon.
McClaflin said that Wesley Ten Pas was burning a slough Saturday when the flames grew out of control and burned the tractor he was driving. âHis tractor caught on fire, he tried to put it out, and the fire overtook him,â McClaflin said.
Ten Pas was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he died from his burns, McClaflin said.
Students in grades 4-6 and their parents are encouraged to spend Saturday afternoon discovering the river that runs through Valley City.
Participants will learn about where the water of the Sheyenne River comes from, where it goes and the creatures that call it home.