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The Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Valley City and VCBC Development Corporation, is hosting “For the Love of Local”. “For the Love of Local” is an initiative created with the intention of supporting local businesses in a way that also benefits the peopl…

It was one year ago today that the United States confirmed its first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Since then, life as we once knew it has changed dramatically as we’ve struggled to adjust to ever-changing “norms” and move past the tragedy COVID-19 has continued to bring us. Looking ba…

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Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as the President and Vice President of the United States during the Inauguration Ceremony at the United States Capitol on Wednesday. Before Biden stood to take his oath of office, Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President of the United State…

On January 19, 2021, following approval by the Board of City Commissioners, Mayor Carlsrud signed Emergency Order 2020-05.5, extending the face covering requirement within the City of Valley City. The Order is effective through February 19.In addition to the face covering requirement, busine…

Until recently, only one of the world’s 14 highest peaks hadn’t been summited during the winter. That changed when a team of climbers stepped onto the 28,251 foot peak of K2 on January 16th, 16 hours after they left their tents at high camp. The team of 10 Sherpas and Nepalis gathered just b…

Valley City is known for a great many things—its friendly community, thriving downtown district, breathtaking landscapes and recreational opportunities, to name a few. But there’s only one feature that has woven itself into the town’s nickname: bridges.

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Though Martin Luther King Day is now recognized on the United States’ federal calendar and by offices, schools, businesses, public and private spaces alike, the journey to honoring  this National Holiday has been long.

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January 12, 1888, in Dakota Territory started out almost too good to be true. Six days earlier, a snowstorm had howled in, leading to a 5-day bout of sub-zero daily high temperatures.

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There are quite a few education classes that are available this January and February through the Region 6 Parent and Family Resource Center. The majority of classes are free due to funding provided by the ND Dept. of Human Services and many are approved for childcare provider education and f…

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering an informational webinar about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, included in the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act. Up to $10 million in grants is available to eligible organizations with a red…

For 17 years, January has served as a month which calls people to action to recognize and respond to a serious, under-reported crime: Stalking.

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When we see milk from animals in the grocery store, it’s likely from cows, who can produce around 30 quarts per day on average during the milking season. That’s about seven to eight gallons. 

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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…

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For end-of-the-year columns, it’s customary to recap the events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mix of the good and the bad. Because this year has been dominated by health, in particular COVID-19, and my beat is health, it seems fitting to reflect on where we are. Where we are …

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Fargo, N.D. — Each week during the 2021 legislative session, Prairie Public news director Dave Thompson will host conversations with newsmakers and legislators for a radio and digital series. North Dakota Legislative Review will air every Friday throughout the session at 6:30pm on Prairie Pu…

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On Sunday, February 13th, 1983, a shootout on a country road near Medina left two US Marshals dead and three police officers wounded. It began when federal marshals set up a roadblock in an attempt to stop and arrest Gordon Kahl for violating probation. 

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In the 15th century, European cities began building and maintaining plague hospitals to isolate and care for patients with contagious diseases. In America, citizens have faced many outbreaks of infectious disease—from Tuberculosis and smallpox to polio and typhus. Cities and states purchased…

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ON THE MOVE is making changes this year!  There will be new FREE virtual opportunities to eat healthy and get moving available on the barnesonthemove.org website in place of the usual community program that always starts on January 1st.  

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Though it may not have been a word at the forefront of our vocabulary before, “quarantine” has become an everyday term of modern life. The word came from plagues’ past, when Italian officials implemented some of the very first public health measures in the world to battle a devastating pande…

As I rose from my office chair after a day filled with Zoom meetings, I felt like the Tin Man with stiff joints in the “Wizard of Oz.”

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Four of the worst things for houseplants during the winter are a lack of light, low humidity, cold drafts and drying heat

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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.

2020: a year that has been marked by historic happenings, from a global pandemic to a presidential election and beyond. It’s dished out grief, loss, mingling with the little joys that we have found for ourselves to fight through. As we prepare to leave this year behind, how about we commiser…

The North Dakota Department of Health is seeing low influenza activity for this time of year. To date, their data shows, they have recorded 107 cumulative flu cases. This time last year, NDDoH had already recorded 1,376 cases of influenza in the state. Health officials attribute the decrease…

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Though no one knows for sure who “invented” the original version of the candy cane or first put it to use, the iconic Christmas item continues its reign of popularity. The National Confectioners Association reports that candy canes are the number one non-chocolate candy sold during December,…

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When calves are born in the cold weather, their delicate little ears sometimes freeze, just like our frostbitten fingers and toes. When their ears freeze at this tender age, the calves will have short ears for the rest of their lives.

To help motorists plan for safe travel this holiday season, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) wants to remind travelers to use ND Roads, the updated travel information map. The ND Roads map has a fresh new look with cameras and road condition information, plus new and upd…

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As families in the Sheyenne River Valley prepared for Christmas, the Charles Paeper home was full of the sights and smells of the holidays. Charles and Tina Paeper lived in Oriska, and their home was particularly full that year—their son, Dale, and his three children, Robert, 10, Barbara, 8,…

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