Friday, Dec. 21 marks this yearâ€™s winter solstice, which is the time the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky. The day has come and gone every other winter without much incident, making way for a rising sun the next day. But this year, some predict the sun wonâ€™t have an Earth on which to rise the next day.
Dec. 21, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar, and some people have interpreted that to mean either an apocalypse â€śend of the worldâ€ť or a â€śnew worldâ€ť with new beliefs.
District 24 legislators from both the D-NPL and Republican parties back a proposal by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple that will significantly strengthen North Dakotaâ€™s DUI laws.
Newly elected Republican Rep. Dwight Kiefert and D-NPL Sen. Larry Robinson both said Tuesday they support the governorâ€™s proposal.
New . Naomi Muscha was out of state, and not available for comment.
The Valley City City Commission decided Monday to allow a credit card option for Public Works. The decision came after a request made by City Administrator David Schelkoph, who said many customers want the option and it would allow the city to accommodate those who might not be able to pay their bills right away.
After doing some research, Schelkoph and other city employees found that using a credit card reader might not be a huge saving financially, but it would save on time and provide a customer service that commissioners agree is beneficial to everyone.
Santa Cops and Kids, a program sponsored by the Valley City Department, paired local law enforcement officers and firefighters with children who endured rough circumstances during the past year for an evening of shopping for Christmas gifts for the kidsâ€™ families.
The event included supper at Pizza Corner, a parade of lights and sirens to Shopko, shopping, and wrapping gifts before Santa made an entrance at the Valley City Police Department with gifts for the kids.
The children each were given $100 in donated money to spend on their families during the event.
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First Community Credit Union hosted a food and toy drive this holiday season for deserving families and organizations within the local area.
FCCU members, employees, and community members were invited to participate in the event. People of all ages brought in new or slightly used, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to the First Community Credit Union branch. FCCU has donated the items to the Barnes County Food Pantry and the Mitten Tree.
Four members of the Valley City State University womens basketball team scored in double figures as they rolled to a 78-38 win over Johnson and Wales (Colo.) University Tuesday in Denver.
Sierra Even came off the bench and led the Vikings with 12 points. Brittany Lehner followed with 11 points, and Katie Ralston and Alyssa Hummel added 10 each to help lead the Vikings to victory.
When the Valley City High School basketball team left the floor for halftime of its 65-54 loss to West Fargo, things seemed somewhat bleak. The Hi-Liners trailed 38-19, allowing double the points they had scored.
But that didn't stop the team from making it a game, as the Hi-Liners scored 13 points in the first six minutes of the second half and limited the Packers' opportunities to get the game within reach.
"The kids came out and played extremely hard in the second half and played defense and we were able to make it a game," VCHS coach Scott Hurlimann said.
North Dakotaâ€™s Parks and Recreation Department revealed Monday that the 2013 annual vehicle permit for North Dakota state parks will recognize the 30th anniversary of the Fort Ransom State Park â€śSodbuster Daysâ€ť event.
Jerry Nordick, chairman of the association board, said Monday members learned of the honor at the associationâ€™s recent Christmas party.
The Barnes County Wildlife Federation is searching for a new place to put an indoor archery range, which is currently located in the City Auditorium or â€śthe Audi.â€ť
The range, located in the basement, and includes 3-D targets and allows archers to shoot from 20 yards and 10 yards indoors. Soon, though, theyâ€™ll have to find a new place to shoot because the building is being sold by the City of Valley City.
Area first responders recently completed Incident Command Training in an effort to assure an adequate, organized response to emergencies â€” large and small.
The multi-departmental training, instructed by Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson, who is a federally certified incident command center trainer, addressed the organizational system mandated by the U.S. government in responding to any major disaster like a flood, a terrorist attack, or a chemical spill.