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Contractors vow to speed up work

“These businesses are really hurting,” said Velva City Commissioner Scott Blotter at Tuesday morning’s weekly meeting with construction contractors. “They need to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I can’t stress enough how important the Fourth of July is to their business.” The highway improvement project on Velva’s Main Street is till running several weeks behind schedule, delayed in part by the late delivery of custom-made manholes.

Posted 6/09/09 (Tue) read more »

Street project behind schedule

Due to delayed delivery of concrete pieces, Velva’s Main Street project is now two to three weeks behind schedule. Despite that, the contractors insist the sidewalks on the southeast block will be in by June 19, and Central Avenue will reopen to traffic before or by June 28, barring weather delays.

Posted 6/02/09 (Tue) read more »

Wet conditions delay spring work

Massive snow melt and spring flooding have left farmers scrambling to get this year’s crop in the ground. With the saturated cropland and standing water still evident in m1any areas of the county, producers are finding it difficult to get in the field.

Posted 6/02/09 (Tue) read more »

VEC sets annual meeting

Wind and other alternative energy sources will be VEC focus at annual meeting Ron Harper, CEO and General Manager at Basin Electric Power Cooperative, will be the keynote speaker at the Verendrye Electric Cooperative (VEC) annual meeting Thursday, June 11, at the North Dakota State Fair Center.

Posted 5/26/09 (Tue) read more »

VCDC to assist Main Street businesses

Just weeks into the Main Street project, the impact of construction to the businesses along the avenue has been dramatic. As reported in last week’s Voice, business owners have reported significant – sometimes devastating – drops in patronage.

Posted 5/26/09 (Tue) read more »

Voice claims awards

The Velva Area Voice came home a winner after the North Dakota Newspaper Association awards were given out Friday, May 8, in Bismarck.

Posted 5/19/09 (Tue) read more »

Construction impacts local businesses

As the Main Street project continues, local businesses are feeling the impact. A number of business owners were on hand at Tuesday’s project meeting to voice their concerns.

Posted 5/19/09 (Tue) read more »

Carnival on the hill

Souris Valley Care Center and Valley View Manor will host an anniversary Carnival Celebration on Thursday, May 21, 2009 from 4:30 to 7:30 on the facility grounds. This event is to honor 30 years of long term nursing care and 10 years of assisted living in and around the Velva area. Administrator Reier Thompson, staff, and residents cordially invite everyone to join in the festivities.

Posted 5/12/09 (Tue) read more »

Main Street project underway

It’s been a busy week in Velva, with the Main Street project getting underway and numerous city meetings addressing the ensuing issues. Last Tuesday, May 7, a public forum at City Hall found approximately 20 Main Street residents and business owners on hand to ask questions. There to answer were representatives from the DOT, Keller Paving, Pinky’s Aggregates and Ackerman-Estvold Engineering.

Posted 5/12/09 (Tue) read more »

The biggest jackpot ever

“I don’t know what I did to deserve this,” gushed Tracy Ulland as she clucked over her three-week-old twins, Emily and Eric. “It’s just so wonderful and overwhelming … we never thought we’d have this.” Tracy and her husband, John, rural Velva, are thrilled about the birth of their children, born April 11 in Minot with the help of a gestational surrogate mother.

Posted 5/05/09 (Tue) read more »