October 11th, 2012
â€śBuyers remorseâ€ť took on a whole new level in the case of one Oregon homeowner who is drawing national attention to a problem his family found themselves in.
Jonathan Hankins, of Klamath Falls, Ore., started a petition on Change.org that has gathered nation-wide support when he and his family began experiencing health problems after purchasing their new home. The suffering started with dry mouths and mouth sores, then Hankins started having sinus headaches and nosebleeds.
People who need help paying heating bills this winter may be eligible for assistance through the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
Barnes County Social Services began accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Oct. 1. LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered through the state.
On Tuesday, Mari Quittschreiber at Social Services said so far about 100 people have signed up for the program.
â€śWeâ€™ve probably had less people applying now than last year at this time,â€ť Quittschreiber said.
Money raised from Litchvilleâ€™s Annual Pie and Pickinâ€™ social will be used to help deal with a $5,000 milk bill left unpaid when Litchville Enterprises, which owned the townâ€™s grocery store, closed down, said Arlene Andrus Monday.
To help, the Oct. 13 monthly Valley City Bluegrass Jam has been moved to Litchville, and will take place with the social.
Andrus, whoâ€™s leading the effort, was a stockholder and former Litchville Enterprises board member.
Glendaâ€™s Beauty Salon is still a buzzing and well-known salon in Valley City, but the owner, Glenda Sherman, has not worked there for a couple years due to a hand injury. Sherman now rents out four of the stations in her shop to individual stylists. Although sheâ€™s been retired for a couple years, sheâ€™ll be officially celebrating with an open house later this month.
â€śIâ€™ve had two shops in Valley,â€ť Sherman said of her lifelong career as a hairdresser.
Valley City Public School Administrators are developing a survey for parents, students, staff and possibly the general public to garner input on how the schools operate.
On Monday, schools superintendent Dean Koppelman said administrators would meet Tuesday to discuss the particulars of the survey, which will be opened roughly in the first week of November to coincide with parent-teacher conferences.
The Valley City State University Planetarium is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and only has a few shows left before campus construction puts it into a nine-month hiatus. In the meantime the university is hoping the planetarium can rekindle some old friendships and start some new ones.
â€śFriends of the Planetariumâ€ť donate money to help the planetarium operate. Barnes County Museum Curator Wes Anderson teaches a physics course, â€śPlanetarium Science,â€ť at VCSU and his students put together a new program every year.
Valley City High School drama students arenâ€™t only learning how to act in this yearâ€™s production; theyâ€™re also getting a feel for military life. Students are being taught to march properly and may even wear authentic Korean War uniforms.
Drama director Carol Foth said sheâ€™d like to see if area Korean War veterans would be interested in lending their uniforms and other war memorabilia to the school for students to use as costumes and props in their upcoming MASH production.
Elliot Honored for 2nd Straight Week
Valley City State University's Derek Elliott has earned top honors in the Association of Independent Institutions this week as Elliott has been named the Male Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 1-7.
MONTPELIER â€” By the time Litchville-Marion/Montpelier's Heather Graalum stepped up to the service line in the fifth set of the team's 3-2 win over Barnes County North, she admits there were a few nerves.
Earlier in the night, the Rebels had taken a two set lead in the match but watched a 21-6 lead in the third disappear as the Bison found their groove and evened it out at two sets each.
But after BCN's Maggie Beddow hit one into the net early in the fifth, giving Graalum the serve and 4-3 lead, the senior was focused primarily on keeping it in.
MILNOR, N.D. â€“ Maple Valley/Enderlin football coach Brett Kapaun expected "a dogfight" Friday against Milnor/North Sargent, but what he got was completely unexpected.
Instead of a close fight to the finish, the previously-undefeated Falcons fell 28-6 to a feisty Bulldog squad that put together 20 points in the second half.
It was an outcome that left both coaches shocked..
"Watching Enderlin/Maple Valley against Northern Cass last week we knew the type of team they had but I never imagined a 28-6 spread," MNS coach Eric Olson said.