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Tim Logan, Perry Kapaun and Marlow Stavens (left to right) took the top three spots at this year’s Pheasant Tail contest. Stavens took the winning tail with a 24 and 3/4’s inches long, with Logan taking second place. He said he shot the bird south of town.   Iain Woessner/TR

Valley City State University will be closed Friday, January 14.  All classes are canceled, and offices will be closed.  Only designated emergency personnel should report to work.  Check campus email or for other updates.  Please check with specific events, as they may be cancele…

Manpower shortages have left Valley City Public Schools scrambling to find reliable substitute teachers to fill in for teaching or administrative staff.

Superintendent Josh Johnson shared with VCPS student, family and friends in regards to the decision to cancel school January 14th with the predicted weather coming in the immediate future...

The Barnes County Sheriff's Office issued a press release in regards to a recent burglary investigation.

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A new gallery is on display at the Vault in Valley City, part of a new push by the long-standing self-serve coffee shop and art center to revive a tradition of showcasing local art and artists.

Pressure cooker workshop hopes to encourage  more family dinners


Since 1970, January has been observed as National Blood Donor Month to raise awareness of the importance of blood donations and increase the number of donations. Because winter is one of the most difficult times of the year to collect/maintain a blood supply to meet patient needs, January br…


The Barnes County Ministerial Association encourages the community to join them and participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. They will gather at three locations over the noon hour to pray and reflect, with different focuses at each place:

Thanks to the efforts of over 600 volunteers, the Barnes County division of the Salvation Army raised almost $65,000 this past year, continuing a tradition of charity for the county.


A couple of local musicians took the time to host a free-to-attend workshop on writing and performing music, a workshop that was, thanks to the resources of the Barnes County Public Library, broadcast on social media and recorded to video.


January is a great time to reflect on the previous year’s gardening successes and failures. This can lead to resolutions to improve gardening practices or to just try something new. To help you in setting resolutions, consider adopting one or more of the following suggestions.

Sugarbeet growers will have an opportunity to learn more about diseases, weeds and insect pests during seminars North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension is holding Feb. 1, 3, 15 and 17.


BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) reminds landowners not to push snow into the right-of-way or ditches on state highways. This includes the roadway, ditch bottom, and backslope of the roadway.


The Valley City High School Art Show is fast approaching, and this year promises to be just a little bit different, with students K-12 now being showcased together.

BISMARCK, ND – A North Dakota Powerball player claimed the $100,000 Powerball prize won on the January 5 draw.  The lucky winner from Bismarck, who chose to remain anonymous, hit it big with a quick pick ticket.  The winner plans to use the winnings to payoff some bills and enjoy having a bi…


The Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry is coming back to Valley City.

For all the challenges snowfall can bring to the good people of North Dakota, keep in mind there’s always fun to be had if you know where to look – and if you don’t, then consider looking into Fort Ransom State Park.

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The Monroe Doctrine Bluegrass Band concert has been canceled for tonight (Jan. 6th). The next concert will be Thursday, January 20, 7 pm at the Vault. For more information contact John Andrus at 701-721-8296.


Garbage collection in Valley City will be slower than previously reported, City Administrator Gwen Crawford said in a report given to the city commission Tuesday evening.


Hoping to offset safety and maintenance issues with the Little Dam, a low-head dam in the Valley City area, a motion was passed unanimously by the Barnes County Commission (with one member absent) to allocate $340,000 to the Little Dam Repurposing Project – with one caveat.


Volunteer effort makes local history accessible


If you were one of the millions of families that purchased a real Christmas tree, your tree might be headed out the door this week.


Valley City Green Dot invites all to join them in their December campaign to “Give a Green Dot,” or as many as you can, this holiday season. Giving a Green Dot means making small decisions every day that help keep our community safe. Green Dots are the little choices we each make to watch ou…


“New Year a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story?


The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) is stepping up enforcement efforts during the New Year’s holiday weekend. The NDHP is part of the Western States Traffic Safety Coalition (WSTSC) which is comprised of 12 state police agencies including Arizona Department of Public Safety, California Hi…


 You’ve probably noticed that it’s a bit cold outside, and with snow piling high, furnaces are going to be working plenty of overtime to keep your family warm. While the cold is certainly a hazard, be aware of the other dangers that come this time of year.

Before we were able to create a tradition of celebrating the new year at the close of the 12-month calendar, staying up until midnight and making resolutions, someone had to determine (A) how long a year actually was and (B) when that year started and ended.

The Barnes County Historical Museum received a $10,000 donation last week from Jerome and Marlene Gruman, out of an appreciation for the hard work the museum does to preserve local history.

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