March 28th, 2013
According to the U.S. Government Government Accounting Office, â€śThe service is bound by law to deliver mail six days a week, and is incorrect in interpreting that a temporary measure used to fund U.S. government operations released it from that requirement, the GAO said in a letter to Representative Gerald Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, who requested that the watchdog agency look at the matter.
The plan to cut delivery of letter mail while retaining package delivery on Saturdays "rests upon a faulty USPS premise," GAO General Counsel Susan Poling said in the letter.
Barnes County cattle rancher Jim Stevens is not as positive about his older cows. It is a tough time for calving because of the cold weather. Going from a heifer's internal body temperature of 101 degrees to below freezing is hard on calves. The temperature difference is a shock to new calves.
This season is a tough one for calving with a relatively late spring and much snow still on the ground near his Bar Lazy S Ranch off the Kathryn Road south of Valley City.
More in Thursday's Times-Record
Be careful what you post on Facebook or Twitter, someone may be watching.
The Internet is bursting with stories about people who were fired, or not hired based on what employers see on social networking sites.
Area employers say they don't monitor social networking sites, but if something damaging is posted and they hear about it, it could be cause for disciplinary action.
For more on social media in the workplace, read Thursday's Times-Record.
The Valley City-Barnes County Children's Library will improve its non-fiction section thanks to a grant it recently received.
The grant from the Libri Foundation allows the library to receive 70 free books, Mary Ann Anderson, director, said.
Read more in Thursday's Times-Record.
UPDATE: Additional load restrictions in effect April 1
Effective 7 a.m. CT,Â Monday, April 1, 2013, load restrictions will be implemented on mostÂ highways for a region of the state south of and including US 2 and west of and including ND 1.Â In addition, the load restriction will be changed on the following highways:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ND 68 from the Montana border to Jct US 85 will be reduced to a 7 ton restriction
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ND 1804 from Jct ND 23 north approx. 20 miles will be reduced to a 7 ton restriction
All other previously implemented restrictions will remain in effect.
After 37 years in the Valley City Public Schools, jr. high science teacher Mike Watterson plans to retire with the end of the school year. He will miss teaching, but he will not miss the paperwork that goes with it.
Watterson plans to spend time with his wife and family in his retirement and possibly travel.
For more on Watterson's teaching career and his future plans, read Tuesday's Times-Record.
Valley City State University will host a Regional Science Olympiad for teams of high school and
junior high students on campus Thursday, March 28.
Twenty-three high school teams and 16 junior high teamsâ€•comprising 500 to 600 studentsâ€•
will compete at VCSU.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record
Valley City area churches plan special events for Easter week, including Easter egg hunts and Easter breakfasts.
Most events are free and open to the public, with some requesting free will donations for food.
More in Wednesday's issue of the Times-Record.
What started as a birthday club in Valley City 66 years ago still has a founding member plus eight others.
According to Colleen Vannurden, a member of the Jolly Dozen Birthday Club, a group of women who meet regularly to socialize and play cards, Ethel Heckmen founded the club in September 1947 along with six other ladies.
The women continue to meet regularly for cards and visiting.
Read more in Wednesday's Times-Record.
After a 20 plus win season and the first ever NAIA Division II National Tournament berth, the Valley City State University Men's Basketball team finished the 2012-13 season one spot outside of the top 25 poll.
The Vikings received 42 votes for the final poll, placing them one spot out of the top 25, the highest team not ranked in the final poll of the season.
After being ranked in the poll much of the season, the Vikings received an at large bid to their first ever NAIA Division II National Tournament. A first round loss to Indiana Southeast finished the Vikings season at 21-9.