Top Local Stories of 2013

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.

┬░Several new businesses opened in Valley City this year and more are slated to open in 2014. Valley City also lost a couple businesses too.

*Some of the fireworks set aside for Sanborn's July 4 celebration blew up in a storage bunker near Spiritwood.

*A new, centralized Barnes County North school building near Leal opened this year.

*The state of Valley City State University was in a better position in 2013 than 2012. Rhoades Science Center was complete this year too.

*An arson fire, that followed a string of church break-ins, destroyed Faith Lutheran Church in Valley City.

*In 2013, the Barnes County Sheriff's Office as well as the 9-1-1 dispatch center moved from the Valley City Law Enforcement Center, completely separating Barnes County and Valley City emergency services.

*The Valley City Public Schools School Board and the Valley City Education Association remain at impasse after teacher's contract negotiations hit a road block in October.

*A July shooting incident involving two pit bull dogs led to charges filed against a Valley City man and a lawsuit against the city.

Read these stories in Thursday's Times-Record.