Valley City event has deep roots
The state’s oldest farm show is still going strong. 73rd annual North Dakota Winter Show – expected to attract 50,000 to 60,000 visitors in Valley City – prides itself on its farm ties.
Businessman Ed Schafer was North Dakota's governor from 1992 to 2000. He served as U.S. agriculture secretary from January 2008 to January 2009. He is the only North Dakotan to serve in the federal post.
PEAK, N.D. — On foggy or snowy days, drivers on the rural 121st Avenue Southeast figure their location from Wade and Dianne Hatcher’s barn. The couple put a Nativity star on the east wall about 20 years ago.
The barn is old — perhaps older than 80, but neither Wade nor Dianne know for certain. It was a cow barn and has a stanchion for milking. The hay loft is like an upside-down ark.
By Lee Morris, Valley City Times-Record
August 06, 2009
Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - A rural Barnes County couple had planned to enjoy retirement by moving back to North Dakota. But Dennis and Cathryn Stillings are finding a changed landscape even noisy. As WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us, the prairie has a different look and sound.
A proposed wind energy center expansion in North Dakota is drawing objections from neighbors who worry about the noise and other health problems.
The state requires wind turbines to be at least a quarter-mile from the nearest occupied dwelling. Some want them farther away. The state Public Service Commission is working on new rules.
Residents who live a ND wind farm energy project are raising their voices over noise pollutions Dennis and Carolyn Stillings moved into the country to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the rolling prairie near the Sheyenne River Valley.
The second-largest employer in Valley City, N.D., has temporarily cut 35 percent of its work force. John Deere Seeding Group in Valley City furloughed 89 full-time employees Thursday. The company says it plans to bring them back this fall.
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