January 10th, 2013
The Barnes County Commission voted to terminate its contract with Valley City for 9-1-1 services during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Also, the commission, which did not formally approve a pay and benefits package for 9-1-1 dispatchers who may become county employees, did instruct emergency manager Kim Franklin to make employment offers to dispatchers using wage and benefit proposals she made to the commission.
Also, county commissioners discussed agricultural property tax increases with zoning coordinator Betty Koslofsky.
The Valley Troubadors are looking to increase membership as they begin practice for their spring concerts, director Lance Dreveky said.
Kirk Dockter, who joined the Troubadors two years ago, said on a good night, the singing group can usually get 18 people together, but "we would like to see numbers grow."
"We'd really just like to appeal to people in the community who like to sing," Dockter said. "Because it's a lot of fun; it's a blast."
Barnes County Commissioners voted to send notice to Valley City regarding termination of the existing 9-1-1 contract during their regular meeting on Jan. 8.
According to Stateâ€™s Attorney, Lee Grossman, the old contract, which dates from the 1990s, needed to be updated regardless of whether the 9-1-1 system is taken over by Barnes County.
The current contract, as it is written, will end on July 16.
Commissioners also considered pay and benefits for city employed 9-1-1 dispatchers who may become county employees if Barnes County takes over day-to-day operations of the 9-1-1 system.
The North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame Committee has selected Bill Gross of Cleveland, N.D., and Dick and Theresa Tokach of Mandan, N.D., as 2013 inductees into the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame.
The Valley City City Commission decided Monday during its finance meeting to consider reconstituting building permit fees in Valley City.
â€śIn 2004, the city voted to eliminate all fees on building permits in the city,â€ť Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said.
That vote remained in effect for six years, which has expired, so now the commission is able to consider reconstituting building permit fees.
WEST FARGO â€” There are a nights a team just finds its rhythm early and in Tuesdayâ€™s 80-49 loss to West Fargo, the Valley City High School basketball team was on the wrong end of the scenario.
On their home court, the Packers scored 15 points in the first four minutes, and never let up, shooting 62 percent from the 3-point line and finishing 10-12 from long distance in the first half.
WEST FARGO â€” For the first month of the season, the Valley City High School girls basketball team was tested in plenty of ways. Overtime. Large comebacks.
But after a 68-47 loss Tuesday at West Fargo High School, the previously undefeated Hi-Liners faced their toughest challenge yet â€” the defending state runner-up.
Though the Hi-Liner girls opened the game with a point-for-point run with the Packers, a lack of scoring late in the first half kept Valley City from winning their seventh straight to start the season.
St. Catherineâ€™s Church in Valley City is seeking volunteers for its largest fundraiser for its faith-based programs Jan. 23.
Debbie Carpenter, administrative assistant, said there are various shifts open, and people are especially needed to assist with clean, which begins after the supper at 7 p.m.
She said the church also needs people to waitress tables, run games in the gym, and help with â€śodds and ends things.â€ť
Those interested in volunteering can call Debbie at (701) 845-1453.
Womenâ€™s Division board members are hard at work preparing for the annual North Dakota Winter Show that runs March 5 to 10 in facilities on Winter Show Road.
Board President Mary Ann Leier said this yearâ€™s board members are Marie Baumgartner, Mary Ann Berntson, Joan Carlblom, Leier, Karen Overn, Joy Berntson, Lois Bjornson, Coni Horsager, Carole Miedema.
Area gun sales and applications for concealed carry permits are up, possibly as a result of new legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate that would ban assault-style weapons.
Last month, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a bill that would stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of many assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.