January 2nd, 2014
Times-Record reporters Paul Riemerman, Bonnie Jo Conley-Hanson and Heidi Harris look back at the top local stories of 2013.
In no particular order, news staff chose these as the top happenings in Barnes County from the past year:
*A multiple-vehicle crash in downtown Valley City this summer left two women seriously injured.
*Rebuilding of Ninth Avenue Northwest was completed in late 2013.
*A massive summer flash flood left many Valley City businesses and homes and two schools damaged.
The Valley City Police Department is warning residents about a reported phone scam.
According to Police Chief Fred Thompson, some residents have received calls from a 473 area code. The phone rings a few times then stops.
DO NOT return call to this number, said Thompson. Callers reported the number is for an adult entertainment service; callers heard pornographic content upon returning the call. In addition, said Thompson, the exchange is a Granada phone number, and callers could be charged for an international phone call.
December 31st, 2013
The following roads in Cass County are closed as a result of the Casselton, ND train derailment:
-Cass County Road 10 from N.D. State Highway 18 to N.D. State Highway 23
-154th Ave from 35th St to 36th St.
Valley City will host the 2014 Special Olympics North Dakota State Winter Games for the third straight year, SOND announced on Dec. 11.
Read this story in Tuesday's Times-Record.
An evacuation of the entire City of Casselton was initiated after
train carrying crude oil derailed near the city Monday setting off a series of explosions. Cass County officials urged residents to evacuate as shifting winds and a high pressure system could blow the thick, toxic smoke down into the city.
Barnes County States Attorney Lee Grossman is optimistic that a new program to help establish clerkships for rural counties could help increase the number of lawyers in Barnes County. More in Tuesday's issue of the Times-Record.
Vintage Variety, a new store in Valley City, offers just what the name suggests â a variety of vintage items.
Owner Lorraine Curtis said the store has an "eclectic assortment of everything from antiques to new."
The store, located on Central Avenue next to Wells Fargo, is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m. and other days by chance.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Lady Loboes senior guard Tasha Piehl scored 10 points, sank all four free throws and hit two 3-pointers as LaMoure-Litchville/Marion hosted Kidder County on Friday night, but Pirates junior guard Jenna Nicholson put up 11 points and sank all four of her own free throws to lead Kidder County to a 39-32 win.
Next for the Lady Loboes (1-2 overall) is a road game at Linton/HMB, 7:30 p.m.
When rural Dazey man Ron Berge watches the North Dakota State University Bison football team compete for their third national championship Saturday, he'll be surrounded by family and his huge bison herd collection.
Ron is a dedicated Bison fan. He began collecting hard ironwood Bison some years after graduating from NDSU with a mechanical engineering degree in 1960.
Read more about Berge's collection in Monday's Times-Record.
A benefit supper and silent auction for Andrew Gubrud and Becky Sundstrom, who lost their home in a house fire earlier this month, will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at the Valley City Eagles Club. The spaghetti supper will be available for a free-will offering, and a silent auction and Ruby's Karaoke will also be held.
The family plans to rebuild this spring and are very thankful of the support they have received from the community.
For more information or to donate silent auction items, call (218) 779-4000.