August 16th, 2012
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday that contrary to rumors, the city's water supply is not in danger of contamination, nor is there the possibility of the sewer system backing up.
The problem, Schelkoph said, is with the master lift station, and reducing pressure on the sewer system.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) Here we go again! Valley City officials are asking for residents to curtail their water usage until further notice due to repairs being made on the cities master lift station.
Mayor Bob Werkhoven says residents downstream should not use the Sheyenne River being raw sewage is being pumped into the river.
North Dakota is expected to see an end to the fish kills that have plagued the Midwest this summer.
Scott Gangl of the State Game and Fish department said North Dakota had nearly a dozen fish kills this year, with the largest being on the James River near LaMoure.
â€śIt was really shallow and it warmed up to the point where it was killing northern pike, just by the heat alone,â€ť he said. â€śTheyâ€™re a cool-water fish and the temperatures got too extreme for them.â€ť
In late January 2012, in a below zero day with strong northwest winds, four people from Valley City traveled to Ray, North Dakota to obtain Thunderbird Ranch Gourmet Foods for the Open Door Center. The purpose of the trip was to secure real work for people with disabilities through the production of the products of Thunderbird Gourmet Foods. Because the Open Door Center believes that work is the best social program.
Valley Cityâ€™s upgraded water treatment plant will eliminate sulfates from the cityâ€™s drinking water, but state officials are still monitoring aquatic life in the Sheyenne River.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple recently suspended the sulfate limits in the Sheyenne River to allow the newly constructed Devils Lake East-End Outlet to operate, draining high sulfate water into the Sheyenne River. Devils Lake has grown from approximately 44,000 acres in the early 1990s to over 200,000 acres over the past two decades.
Gov. Jack Dalyrmple joined state and local officials Wednesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony and the dedication of Valley Cityâ€™s new water treatment plant, which Dalrymple says produces the finest drinking water in North Dakota. The dedication was part of the â€śSites Along the Sheyenneâ€ť tour, which explained why the Sheyenne River is part of the discussion on the Devils Lake crisis, hosted by the North Dakota Water Education Foundation.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is offering $2,500 in rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction responsible for the deaths of four wolves and six bald eagles near the Bob Marshal Wilderness Area in Montana. The reward is one of three in the region involving cases of mysterious animal deaths.
Lab results have shown the animals died as a result of poisoning in May, but fish and wildlife special agent Rick Branzell said Tuesday he could not elaborate on any details of the case because, â€śthe matter is still under investigation.â€ť
Leevers Foods, one of two grocery stores in Valley City, has dropped its affiliation with SuperValu and is now carrying products from the Nash Finch Company. Dave Heisler, vice president of Leevers Foods, said the only significant change will be in the store brand label.
The Our Family brand, which has been around for 100 years, offers â€śa lot wider variety and high quality products,â€ť according to Heisler.
Leeverâ€™s was formerly under the SuperValu affiliation with the Flavorite store brand label.
Other than the brand change customers shouldnâ€™t expect to see too many changes.
VC Vet, the Valley City veterinarian clinic, is offering a 15 percent discount to pet owners who bring their cats and dogs in to be spayed or neutered from September 17â€“20. The push to help control the pet population is from the Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals, and specifically the spay/neuter committee.
â€śWe want to get as many animals spayed and neutered as we possibly can, for people of whom cost is a factor,â€ť said SVFA member Angie Martin.
When the Barnes County Sheriff's Deputies and the Valley City State University freshmen played in the first annual Vikings vs. Deputies touch football game on Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium, it wasn't just the VCSU players making their public debut.
On the west end of the field, a video screen above the scoreboard lit up and spent the night displaying graphics as touchdowns were scored, interceptions caught, and big plays were made.