Valley City Teachers Express Concern Over Budget Situation

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( Valley City teachers expressed their concern about the district’s financial situation recently. The teachers asked Superintendent Dean Koppelman about the current status as he visited with them in the classroom.

In April a number of cuts were made in the district, by July some of those were reinstated as the financial picture improved. The board unanimously approved a pay increase of 3 to 5 percent for school district administrators in July. Koppelman told the school board that the district’s balance and interim fund are in good shape at $2.5 million.

A good portion of the school districts funding is now tied to the states per pupil funding formula, Koppelman says, this year, enrollment is steady at 1,102 students.

Koppelman says he and the business manager are watching the budget closely and are in constant contact with the Barnes County Auditor’s office monitoring the amount of monies the school district collects on a monthly basis.

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Vikings Update 11/26

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( Vikings Football season comes to an end, Men’s Basketball ends a three game losing skid, and the Women’s team squeaks out a close game over University of Mary. It’s the Vikings Update.

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Nominations For N.D. Agriculture Hall of Fame Due Dec. 1st

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( The selection committee of the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame is asking the public for candidate suggestions for the 2015 Ag Hall of Fame Inductees. Either organizations or individuals may nominate candidates and the deadline for nominations is December 1st, 2014.

The North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame is a statewide organization that recognizes those people who have made a meaningful contribution to the state’s agricultural industry.

Individuals are eligible to be nominated if they satisfy at least two of three requirements: Be at least 45 years old, Retired from an agricultural related career and Accumulated at least 20 years of service to the Ag industry in North Dakota.

Agricultural groups and organizations, which are represented on the selection committee include: N.D. Lamb & Wool Producers, N.D. Grain Growers, N.D. Stockmen’s Assoc., N.D. Oilseed Council, N.D. Dept. of Agriculture, N.D. Pork Producers Council, NDSU Extension Service, N.D. Farm Bureau, N.D. Farmers Union, N.D. Vocational Agriculture, North Dakota Winter Show and a representative from N.D.’s farm broadcasters and Ag journalists.

The new inductees will be chosen in December and will then be honored during a ceremony at the North Dakota Winter Show on Saturday March 7th, 2015.

Nomination forms may be printed off the website,

For additional information on the N.D. Ag Hall of Fame, please contact the North Dakota Winter Show office, at 845-1401 or 1-800-437-0218, or email

The permanent home for the state’s Agriculture Hall of Fame is at the North Dakota Winter Show Event Center. A second display is also available for viewing at the Rosebud Visitor’s Center in Valley City.

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University of Jamestown Presenting Wind Ensemble Concert

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – On Sunday, December 7th, the University of Jamestown’s Wind Ensemble will present “Music: The Spice of Life.” The concert will feature pieces from around the world including Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean! There will also be a few Christmas pieces. The band will pay tribute to the Armed Forces with a special performance marking the 100-year anniversary of the start of WWI.

Band standards like “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” and “Amparito Roca” will be joined by newer pieces like “Malaguena” and “As One Listens to the Rain.” Like spices, the variety will be vast!

The concert will be at 7:30 pm in the Reiland Center’s DeNault Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. The Friends of the Fine Arts are providing a reception following the performance.

The University of Jamestown was established in 1883 and is ranked as a top regional school in both US News and World Report and The Princeton Review. The school features development of the whole person through its distinctive Journey to Success experience.

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