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Members of the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce Image and Beautification Committee worked to place mulch around the new courthouse tree plantings. Pictured (from left) are: Becky Heise, Wes Anderson, Bobby Koepplin, Mike Schwehr, Mary Ann Vig and Cindy Schwehr. (Photo submitted/Becky Heise)

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By Becky Heise CONTRIBUTING WRITER n the evening of Wednesday, May 9th, a group of local volunteers placed mulch around new trees being planted on the Barnes County Courthouse grounds as part of an America the Beautiful grant project. The six volunteers are part of the Chamber of Commerces Image and Beautification Committee and consisted of Mary Ann Vig who is also a Master Gardener, Bobby Koepplin, Wes Anderson, Cindy and Mike Schwehr, and Becky Heise. The America the Beautiful grant program is cosponsored by the North Dakota and the US Forest Service. The purpose of the grant program is to stimulate the development of innovative and effective community forestry projects and can only be located on public property. The goal of the courthouse grant project was to replace diseased, dying and previously removed dead and storm damaged trees on the boulevards surrounding the Barnes County Courthouse grounds while showcasing specific NDSU woody plant introductions. Twenty-six new trees were

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planted and staked by Pine Country Nursery, who also donated and delivered the mulch that was placed around the new plantings. Mother Nature had not

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Celebratory events kick off from 10:40 to 11 a.. with a performance by the Jamestown Drum and Bugle Corps. At 11 a.m., a Dedication Program and Introduction of Dignataries will be held. From noon to 1 p.m., a community picnic will be hosted on the grounds, with ice cream provided by Midwest Dairy #5. The museum itself will be open all day May 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tours of the museums other buildings will also be available Linda Grotberg turns the handle on an antique May 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. record player housed in the newly restored For more information, contact Midland Continental Depot in Wimbledon. The Linda Grotberg at 701-435record player holds - and plays - albums by the 2333, Mary Beth Orn at 701famed Peggy Lee, Jazz artist, singer, actress 435-2875, or Les Koll at 701and songwriter. (Nikki Laine Zinke/The Independent) 435-2239.

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bon, with registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The show begins at 10 a.m. Prizes awarded for top three places in each age group (0-9 yrs; 10-15 yrs; 16 yrs & up). More info: Sandy or Rick, 701-680-3947 or 701-680-3851. Field Day for Jefferson Elementary, Valley City, is at Hanna Football Field all day. AUCTION: Tabor Auction hosts an auction in uptown Absaraka, N.D., starting at 10 a.m. KARAOKE: The VFW Club in Valley City hosts Karaoke from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For people 21+. The Sheyenne Valley Friend of Animals host an adoptable pet meet & greet from 9 to 11 a.m. at Prosby Body Shop in Valley City. This is your chance to come out and meet some of the pets up for adoption and talk to our volunteers. No paperwork is required; just a few minutes to say hello to some pets in need of a new forever home. The annual Pet Vaccination Clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wimbledon Community Hall. Anti-parasitic and other medications, along with nail trimming service, also available. More info: Mary Plumb, 701-3205175. An Old-Fashioned Saturday Night, a fundraiser to benefit the Enderlin Museum, starts with crusing downtown at 5 p.m.; an old-time food sampling runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the TraxSide Cafe and VFW; a Sock Hop runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the City Auditorium; and a popcorn stand on the Museum lawn is available throughout the event. More info: See Page 8 of this weeks edition of The Independent. p.m. Lunch (Meatballs/ Gravy, German Vegetables, Dump Cake). The VFWs monthly Maintenance Breakfast runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the VFW, Valley City. Free will offering. - 1:00 pinochle or hand and foot.

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to get to school, from where, and why. A survey was done at parent teacher conferences in Valley City with results available from ACHIEVE partners. Encouragement. The rst Walk to School Day was held last fall. All the schools worked out a plan with their students, including bus students, to walk to school together. We hope that it got parents thinking about nding ways for their children to walk or bike to school. Maybe we can develop walking school buses and bicycle trains led by neighborhood parents, volunteers such as university students earning community service credits, or local retirees or service group members. Education. Training children in safe pedestrian and bicycling techniques is important. A key goal is changing parent perceptions and behavior. It would be exciting to work with p a re nt s to accept modified school bus routes to offer area or neighborhood stops, rather than stopping at each house or building. This provides a short walk at the beginning of the trip for students who live too far to walk to school Engineering. We are looking at a sidewalk plan in Valley City to x sidewalks, create trail links from neighborhoods to schools, and improving visibility and safety at street crossings. How about creating a pick-up and drop-off location for cars, and even the school buses, that is slightly removed from the school so that even those children get a short walk each way? Enforcement. Keeping trac at reasonable speeds in school zones is certainly important, but often it is parents themselves that create the greatest trac congestion and hazards near schools. We need to develop a plan to reduce the number of cars at the schools. There needs to be a holistic approach to get students physically active while keeping them safe. Valley Citys ACHIEVE committee (14 organizations partnering together) is working to change policies and promote a healthy environment for the citizens of Valley City. If any readers are interested in helping make Valley City more walking/biking friendly please phone Sue at 845-0483.
Milender is Nutrition Services Director at Valley City Public Schools, and represents the school on the ACHIEVE committee. Sufficool is the physical education instructor at Jefferson School in Valley City. Your Health is coordinated by Mercy Hospital. This article is based on a dissertation entitled Community Design and Policies for Free-Range Children: Creating Environments That Support Routine Physical Activity, by Mark Fenton, Adjunct Associate Professor at Tufts University.

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By Sue Milender &Brad Sufcool Contributing Writers afe Routes to School (SRTS ) is not simply a program to get students in Valley City to walk to school. It is to create an environment where citizens receive safe opportunities for more routine physical activity. Valley City received a SRTS grant to improve accessibility to sidewalks on a route from Mercy Hospital past the St. Catherine School and up to Jefferson School. The grant also provided for speed monitors to be put up at the schools. SFTS promotes ve ingredients: engineering improvements; education and encouragement programs; enhanced enforcement; and on-going evaluation to make physical improvements, as well as to change policies and practices to support more physically active travel. Evaluation. The rst step is to learn what travel mode children are using

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he fountain in The Park was a favorite object for photographers around 1912, and many black-and-white and tinted post cards still exist from that time, testifying to its popularity. At right, two pretty women pose for this picture, while two gentlemen in suits and ties customary in-town wear in those days stand to the left of the fountain conversing. A pipe-and-faucet drinking fountain is on the right. An elaborate flower garden, surrounded by a low fence, was planted in a circle around the fountain. This fountain which in my opinion was not particularly attractive, replaced a smaller one that had been installed in the 1880s, one that is described as a bronze, one-tiered fountain

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with a boy holding an umbrella. In 1929 the fountain in the picture was replaced in turn by the one I re-

member a three-tiered design in bronze with a base decorated with frogs and turtles. Concrete fountains very similar to it can still be seen at places that sell lawn ornaments. The 1929 fountain was removed in 1971, the pool filled in for a flower bed,

and a lamp post placed in the center. In 2011, it was decided to go back to having a fountain in Valley Citys City Park. A group of Valley City residents made it their project. Local individuals and businesses contribut-

ed and VCSU art students made ceramic bowls (quite attractive and well done, I might add) to sell as a fundraiser. The new fountain, pictured at left and now installed in City Park, is significantly more impressive

than its predecessors with something of a monumental quality about it. In a gesture to the fountains lineage, the cast-iron ring with the frogs and turtles was included in the new fountains pool.

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ecause proponents of the property tax repeal have taken comments by former Gov. Ed Schafer and me out of context, we have issued a joint statement making it clear that we are opposed to Measure No. 2. Some of our past statements have been used widely by the sponsoring commit- By Lloyd tee to create the impression that we favor Omdahl repeal of the property tax. We want the record to be clear. We both will be voting NO on Measure No. 2. In our joint statement, we made several major points. Our primary concern is the loss of local control by school boards, county commissions, city governing boards, township supervisors and other local o cials. Local control is a North Dakota tradition worth protecting. We nd the language of the measure dangerously vague. It directs the legislature to fully and properly fund local services without de ning the meaning of fully and properly. Apparently, the legislature will have to make this important decision for local governments. We are convinced that the legislature does not have the time to deal with the particular needs of 2100 local governments. It will be forced to adopt a one-size- ts-all formula that will not t the needs of the wide range of local governments. Under one-size- ts-all, some local governments will get too much and some will get too little. In addition to the reservations Governor Schafer and I shared about this measure, there are other issues that must also be addressed,

Some supporters of Measure No. 2 keep claiming that the we paid $3,800. Since there has been no change in our asmeasure is a tax cut when the language clearly states that sessment, we know that the reduction came from the tax the legislature must replace the lost revenue for schools, cuts provided by the legislature. is tax cut has occurred cities, counties, townships and other local governments. for taxpayers all across the state. is mandate means that Measure No. 2 is a tax shi and On the basis of the legislatures record in reducing propnot a tax cut. erty taxes, we can expect future sessions to look at the In other words, the supporters of this measure want states needs and its income. It will keep balancing the taxes somebody else to pay for their schools, their law enforce- we pay. A gradual biennial reduction is far better than one ment, their re protection, their ambulances, their roads, radical action, especially when we cant know all of the uninand their other local government services. at is what this tended contax shi means. sequences. BIG CITY PIZAZZ Another bogus issue has been created. In an attempt to Lloyd Omdahl spread fear among older taxpayers, supporters are talking served IN YOUR as Lieutenabout the low income elderly getting thrown out of their ant Governor of HOMETOWN TAVERN homes because they cant pay their property taxes. is is the State of North Dakota. not happening now nor will it happen in the future. e legislature has already established a program to help keep the low-income elderly in their homes. Under the NACHO homestead credit legislation, low-income elderly can get Week their property taxes reduced. is credit can be expanded Days BAR!!! WELL ALL DAY Glutenif the need arises. Every DRINKS LONG!!!! is argument assumes that property taxes are going to Friday Free 8-10 pm be increased when, in reality, the oppo5pm a! Pizz TAP site has been happening. e legislature until Your BEER has been reducing property taxes. In gone of ce choi Visit our Full Service the last session, it provided over $300 wordly Print Shop million through the school system to toppings reduce property taxes. e reductions have been signi cant. Full Color Digital Mon-Fri Six years ago, we paid $4,300 in prop2 Entrees DOMESTIC 11am Printing Now Available erty taxes on our residence. Last year, IALS SPEC with to 1 am

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he Valley City Optimist Club, in partnership with Bank Forward, recently celebrated Library Month by holding "Library Skates" each Sunday night in March. Washington Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, St. Catherine's, and the Jr. WALLEYE: From 12 a 15x10-inch baking pan with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In food processor grind bread into fine crumbs or use knife to finely chop. In shallow bowl combine ground bread, almond slices, cheese, basil and seasoned salt; mix well. In a second shallow bowl place egg whites. Dip each walleye fillet in egg whites and then coat with bread mixture; patting mixture over fillet to fully coat. Add a few extra almond slices on the fillets for appearance. Place coated fillets on prepared baking pan. Drizzle coating with melted butter. Bake, uncovered, 12 to 14 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. My buddy Josh is the uncontested camp cook. The guy can crank out deer, fish and upland game dishes like nobodys business and they taste restaurant-quality every time. His signature recipe for a couple of

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Directions: Mix these five ingredients until consistent and then dip your fillets in the batter, allowing the excess to drain off. Then drop the fillets into the hot oil, I like using a deep fryer set to 375 degrees. Allow fillets to cook for 2 to 4 minutes or until brown. While you might have caught your fish using a jig, a Lindy rig, or the same ol same ol that puts early season walleyes in the boat, these recipes are anything but the usual. Give them a try this season when you put a few eaters on your stringerin our outdoors.

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discrimination, call North Dakota Fair Housing Council Toll-free 1-888-265-0907. HUD Toll free 1-800- 669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

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Wanted: Hummer H2 SUT. Phone 701-8409322. Wanted: Current or exAvon ladies with Soft Musk on hand. No vintage please. Also Mark Hello Pretty, Hollywood Pink & more. 701-8400476 w/prices. Wanted: Old satellite dish. Call Kent 701-490 6462. WANTED TO BUY. Gun collector wants to buy old Winchesters and other antique guns. Fair prices paid. Call 605-352-7078. Want to buy: Winchester 1894s most any year, also firearms of most any type. Also Kawasaki 3 cylinder 2 stroke motorcycles. Call 701-845-5196.

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OLD 10 SALOON BAR & GRILL NEEDS A COOK, WAIT STAFF & BARTENDER. FLEXIBLE HOURS DAYS, EVENINGS. WAGES DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE. CALL HARRY, 701-633-5317 OR STOP IN AT 407 MAIN ST., BUFFALO, ND.

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FOR RENT
FOR RENT: 2-bedroom apartments for rent in Litchville, utilities included, laundry facilities are available. Income determines amount of rent. Parklane Homes, Inc., Litchville. Sandy Sandness, Mgr, 701-7624496. Parklane Homes, Inc., temporarily rents apartments to all persons without regard to income restrictions.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider & employer.

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Litscher Training Stables in Tower City is a full service training facility with Indoor-Outdoor arenas. Offering training, lessons, showing, sales, and more. Contact Jenna for more information and to reserve your spot for this spring. Hurry! Stalls are filling up fast. 608-5664237.
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For Sale: 2011 Gulf Stream Ameri Lite 15BHLE camper, like new. Reduced to $7,500. 701-845-4077.

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For Sale: 14 tandem disc int. & 15 field cultivator int. Wanted: 5 or 6 field cultivator for

Just $20 to start your own business. Contact Sherri for more information on how to earn an extra paycheck every 2 weeks! sherri4avon@bis.midco.net or 701-319-0284.

AVON Reps wanted in this area!

The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 14 Presents: Prof. Dina Petherbridge (VCSU) Mayan Gastronomy: Maintaining our Culinary Heritage 7PM Thursday, May 17, at the Barnes County Museum. You may be asking yourself, How are the Mayans connected to North Dakota? If your answer is the Mayan calendar and the end of the world . . . you are not correct. Its their cuisine! Maz (corn), squash, beans, and chili peppers were the four main staples in the Mayan diet. Mayan cuisine influenced Latin American cuisine, and with Latino population growth in the United States, Latin food has become one of the most popular cuisines. This presentation will focus on the influence of Mayan ingredients on Latino dishes, and how they reflect current North Dakota tastes. Different samples of dishes will be presented and the audience will have an opportunity to see the transformation of the Mayans main staple foods. Dina Zavala-Petherbridge is the Spanish Program Director at Valley City State University. She also teaches Spanish and Latin American history in the universitys undergraduate program. She was born and raised in Honduras, Central America, and returns often with her husband Steven and their two children, Tanisha and Thomas. Dina explains I live far away from my family and cannot bring my entire culture to North Dakota. However, one of the ways I maintain my heritage is by cooking dishes that represent it. My children need to know their roots. They were born in the U.S.A. and have an English and German heritage, but they are also Honduran with a Mayan heritage, and that makes them unique! 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 on this lecture or the lecture series, contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

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GARDENING
An Occasional Column Submitted by Members of Valley City Community Gardens ost likely, youve been planning your vegetable garden since the seed catalogs began arriving in January. Our desire to begin planting increased with the warm days we had in March and finding that stores were beginning to stock their shelves with gardening tools, packages of seeds, and many new products offered for gardening. As if those motivators werent enough, the smells of freshly cut grass and newly tilled soil are a sure sign that we should be in our gardens. This column will be dedicated to helping you find answers to your gardening questions. As you ask questions, the Valley City Community Gardens (VCCG) Steering Committee will do the research for you and publish answers in this column. Our goal is to assist you in having a successful gardening experience. Your questions can be sent to VCCG Gardening Column, 230 4th St., N.W., Rm. 204, Valley City, ND 58072-2947 or vcgardens@gmail. com

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Tips for Growing Your Own Garden Want to boost your intake of healthy, inexpensive, fresh, delicious food? Why not plant a vegetable garden! With some seeds, soil and sun, you can feed your family the best the earth has to offer. Here are some tips to help get you started. PLAN YOUR GARDEN If you are planting a garden for the first time, start small. Experts suggest that a good-sized vegetable garden for a beginner is 10 by 16 feet. This size should feed a family of four for one summer, with a bit left over for canning, freezing or sharing with others. If you are a veteran gardener, however, you might want to scale up and sell your produce at a local farmers market. Before expanding your garden, ask the market manager for a copy of the market rules. Youll want to make sure that you can comply with them. Decide what kinds of veggies you want to grow. Ones that are easy to grow include bush beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, GARDENING: 16

Dan Preston of Pine Country Nursery, Valley City, stakes up one of the new trees which will beautify the courthouse grounds. (Photo submitted/Becky Heise)

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GARDENING: From 15 lettuce, summer squash and leafy greens. PICK YOUR SITE Think about where you will plant your garden. Will you use containers or raised beds, or simply plant your garden in the ground? Whatever you decide, find a spot in your yard that gets at least six hours of sunlight each day. If your garden is going to be in the ground, make sure the spot is not too close to trees or bushes. PREPARE YOUR SOIL Your soil should be deep and crumbly. It should drain well and have lots of organic matter (such as compost, manure and chopped leaves). To be sure your soil is healthy, talk with your local nursery. Ask about soil types, testing and enrichment. PLANT YOUR PRODUCE Familiarize yourself with the growing season in your area. When you plant your seeds or seedlings will vary depending on where you live. For instance, in the Northern Plains, the planting season for seedlings begins in May. But in the Southeast, it starts in February. TAKE CARE OF YOUR GARDEN Water your garden deeply, in the morning if possible. It needs about one inch of water each week. Pull up any weeds that appear, and keep an eye out for pests. Finally, once your veggies mature, harvest your bounty and enjoy. EAT FRESH THIS SPRING AND SUMMER Spring and summer usher in an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies. Try out these in-season favorites that are packed with nutrients and flavor. BERRIES Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, potassium and folate. Eat up, because most people dont get enough of these nutrients that are important to a healthy diet. When choosing berries, look for containers that dont have stains, moisture or mold. The berries should be firm, plump and dry. SUMMER SQUASH Zucchini, patty pans and yellow crookneck are all types of summer squash. They are a great source of vitamin C, which is key for growth and repair of body tissues, healing of cuts and wounds, and healthy teeth and gums. Summer squash also provide vitamin A, fiber and potassium. When picking squash, look for smaller ones, which tend to have more flavor. WATERMELON - This summertime staple is a great source of vitamins A and C, and potassium. Its also high in lycopene which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants can help lower your risk for cancer and other diseases. When selecting watermelons, use your nose ripe ones will smell great. CORN - In addition to being a great source of carbohydrates and fiber, corn has phytonutrients that may help promote heart health and reduce risk for macular degeneration. For corn at its best, eat it soon after its picked. Look for ones with bright-green husks with silks that are stiff, dark and moist. PEAS Peas are a great source of protein, which your body needs to build and repair tissues, as well as to ward off infection. Peas are also a good source

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Reprinted by permission from: Spring 2012 Edition, Spirit magazine, Catholic Health Initiatives.

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