VCEA Writ of Mandamus Petition Hearing 1pm Today

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( The Valley City Education Association petition hearing against the Valley City School District will be held today at 1pm in the Barnes County Courthouse.

North Dakota United facilitator Deanna Paulson who represents teachers who are members of the VCEA said negotiations failed after members of the Valley City school board made an adjustment in a section of the state Fact Finding Commission report concerning healthcare.

Earlier this year the school board attempted to issue unilateral contracts to teachers with changes in section three of the Fact Finding Commission report according to Paulson. She said teachers never agreed to the school board’s alteration of the negotiated agreement and that will be the focus of this hearing on April 16 in Valley City.

Earlier this year Valley City School board chairwoman Joyce Braunagel said the adjustment in the healthcare section of the negotiated agreement was made on the recommendation of state Fact Finding Commission Chairman Dean Rummel after the final report was issued to the public.

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Ambassador Steel Backs Out Of Jamestown Land Purchase

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – The steel corporation that had been in talks with the Jamestown Stutsman Development Corporation to bring its facilities to Jamestown has officially backed out of the proposed land purchase.

The Ambassador Steel Corporation, which would have been a rebar facility, had originally planned to build a facility next to Cavendish Farms in Jamestown. The business would have employed up to 10 people. JSDC’s DeAnn Brunner explained why the Steel company backed out.

Ambassador Steel is not currently looking at any locations in North Dakota. They are currently revamping their business plan and figuring out what the company’s best interest will be for the future.

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Tornadoes Topple Hi-Liners

VALLEY CITY, N.D ( Opening day of the season didn’t go so well for the Valley City baseball team as Oakes edged out the home team in a 3-0 win. 

The two pitchers set the tone of the game early as Valley City’s Austin Berg and Oakes’ Bryce Meehl struck out the first three batters they faced. In fact, neither side would even get a hit until the midpoint of the game in the third inning. Valley City’s Garret Suhr was the first break up the no hitter on Meehl, when he drove the ball back up the middle of the field. However, Meehl would take care of the next two batters ending the inning with Suhr at second base. 

The Tornadoes first scores came in the fourth inning when Cole Ehrlin worked his way around the base paths after being walked. Shortly after, Michael Kelly would come home for the second run of the inning. 

Oakes would add one more insurance run in the fifth inning, on a run from Matthew Kuipers scored after being walked. 

When the Tornadoes were in the field, Meehl took care of the Hi-Liners batters allowing just two hits and striking out 13 batters in the win. 

Valley City will not have wait long for revenge as the two teams will meet up on Thursday night with Oakes hosting the Hi-Liners next time. 

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Henrietta “Etta” Lewis

Henrietta  Lewis    Henrietta “Etta” Lewis passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Oakes Community Hospital.  Etta was born October 1, 1929 at Hecla, SD, the daughter of Henry G. and Elizabeth C. Schwarting. She grew up in Hecla during the Great Depression and lost her father at 7 years old.  Her stories about making rafts, swimming in the Jim River, playing pirate, feeding hobos and enjoying life reflected many fond memories.

    On December 20, 1945, Etta married Albie Lewis. They raised 6 children on the family farm east of Hecla.  She was widowed at the age of 50.  Etta loved the freedom of working outside and spent much of her time gardening, raising animals and helping where needed.  She worked at various jobs, and especially enjoyed the tree nursery. In 2004 Etta moved to Oakes, ND, where she resided until her death.

    Etta dearly loved people, especially kids and her grandchildren. She gave unconditional love, practical advice, and was the “Grandma who would let you do almost anything”. Etta was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on June 30, 1967, and spent much of her time talking to others about the Bible’s message.  She was a living example of unfaltering faith and helped many with her Biblical guidance.

    Etta is survived by five children: Larry (Linda Kempf) Lewis of Hecla, Ann (Nick) Wampler of Hecla, Sharon (Bob) Wasche of Ottertail, MN, Albie (Wendy) Lewis of Humboldt, SD, and Lila (Greg) Vaselaar of Huron, SD, 21 grandchildren and 34 great- grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albie, 2 children, Marvin and a stillborn daughter Debra, one granddaughter, Teneil and 6 siblings, Harold Schwarting, Eda Cole, Harvey Schwarting, Fern McCart, Paul Schwarting and Delbert Schwarting.

    On Tuesday evening April 15, 7:00 PM the family will gather to greet people at the Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Oakes, ND, with Sharing of Memories to begin at 7:30 PM. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 16, 11:00 AM  at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2 miles S of Oakes on Hwy 1, with lunch to follow.  An on-line guestbook may be signed at

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