Barnes County Lecture Feb. 21 in Valley
Feb 6 @ 9:58 pm – Feb 21 @ 10:58 pm

The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 20 Presents:  Professor Jackie Owen (VCSU) “Gifted and Talented Education: Why We Need It”. 7 PM Thursday, February 21st at the Barnes County Museum.

Jackie Owen, M.Ed, M.S, Learning Services Coordinator at Valley City State University, Gifted and Talented Education is needed for some children.  Professor Owen will present different definitions of “gifted and talented.” She will discuss the characteristics and needs of gifted and talented students, and why gifted education should be a part of school systems. The presentation will be geared towards parents, educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers.

Jackie Owen came to VCSU ten years ago after having taught 29 years, in two states, grades K-7. Jackie is a tenured assistant professor in the VCSU Department of Education and Graduate Studies at VCSU, currently serving as the Learning Services Coordinator. She has master’s degrees from Utah State University and North Dakota State University. Jackie taught in a graduate program for gifted and talented at the University of California. She has presented at numerous state and regional gifted conferences, several conferences of the National Association for Gifted and Talented, and at three conferences of the World Conference on Gifted and Talented children. She has presented professional development workshops in Fargo, West Fargo, at Oak Grove Lutheran School, and at schools in South Dakota, Utah, and California. She is currently helping to launch the new North Dakota Association for Gifted Children, and is the area contact for the Valley City-Jamestown and surrounding areas.

The public is cordially invited

All Lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and held in conjunction with Valley City State University.  They are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966


City County Health District Cholesterol Screening Feb. 27
Feb 23 all-day

City-County Health District and CHI Mercy Health (hospital) will hold a fasting community cholesterol screening Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 7-9 a.m. (7:30-8:30 a.m. if there are not enough people participating). It will be held at the CCHD facility located at 415 2nd Ave. NE, Ste. 101 (west of Leevers North). This test will include your total cholesterol, HDL/LDL cholesterol, plus your blood glucose and triglycerides. The cost for the cholesterol (total lipid profile) screening is $35. Also offered during this wellness screening will be a free blood pressure check for all participants.


  • must not drink alcoholic beverages for 3 days prior to testing.
  • must not eat or drink anything for 12 hours prior to testing (see exception below).
  • may take any medications needed with small amount of water.

If it has been difficult to draw blood from you in the past, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water the day previous to fasting.

If you are interested in participating in this screening, you must pre-register by calling City-County Health District at 845-8518.  The number of participants is limited, and names will be taken on a first-call basis.

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