Board Opening for Visitors Committee

The City of Valley City has the following opening effective July 1 for:

Visitors Committee – One position, 4 year term.

Please submit your name, address and phone number on paper to the Valley City Auditor’s Office, PO Box 390, Valley City, or if you are interested by July 6, 2020, 5 p.m.

COVID-19 Briefing Wednesday at 5:30 PM with City of Valley City and City County Health District logos

06/17/2020 COVID-19 Briefing

City of Valley City Hosting COVID-19 Response Briefing on June 17

Speakers will include:

  • Theresa Will – Administrator for City-County Health District
  • Dr. James Buhr – M.D. and Health Officer for City-County Health District
  • Gwen Crawford – City Administrator for Valley City
  • Dave Carlsrud – Valley City Mayor

WHAT: Each organization will provide updates and information pertaining to recent developments in the COVID-19 community response. All officials will be available following the briefing for questions from media partners.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 17 at 5:30pm

WHERE: City of Valley City – City Hall, 254 2nd Ave NE, Valley City, ND 58072

The briefing is closed the public to honor social distancing. Members of the public can view live on City-County Health’s Facebook page, KOVC 1490 AM, BEK Channel 26 and CSI Cable 68.

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Introducing 2020 City Forester & Forestry Reminders

Bob Anderson serves as the City Forester for the City of Valley City. The City has a part-time forester during the months of May through September to enforce ordinances and identify diseased trees.

“I am looking forward to working with you to keep our trees in Valley City both beautiful and safe.  I am also a resource for you if you have any tree questions,” says Anderson.

Here is a short list of things you can do to make our Dutch Elm Disease prevention program successful:

  • Quick removal of diseased elms from the urban forest once they have been identified for Dutch Elm Disease.
  • Quick disposal of elm wood and stumps (elm bark beetles live under the bark, and a few logs stacked in someone’s backyard can jeopardize healthy elms within a couple blocks).
  • Notify the City Forester if you would like me to inspect your tree or are concerned a tree might have Dutch Elm Disease.

Here is a short list of things you can do to keep our trees safe:

  • Keep your trees trimmed so there is 8’ of clearance above sidewalks.
  • If you think a tree poses a public hazard, please notify the City Forester and he will inspect it.
  • Please refer to Section 8-06-16 of the City Code before planting trees near streets and sidewalks.  The City also has a handout of suggested tree species to plant.
President Dave Carlsrud

06/15/2020 Mayor’s Message


  • Recently the Corona Virus positives were being identified at a rate of 22 – 42 per day. Due to Blessings and a good job of social distancing, Barnes County is still holding at nine positives so keep up your good efforts.
  • Saturday I had the honor of watching Captain Matt Nielson’s Guard Retirement Ceremony on Zoom. It was a heart-warming time with family, friends, and a number of fellow guard members. Family support is essential for a member of a household to serve. That said, congratulations Annette, Matt and family for your many years of service and support to our country.
  • Thank you for investing in Valley City.
  • City Hall’s doors will be open beginning Monday though social distancing will be required. Please do as much as of your business as you can through phone, e-mail, direct pay and the like.
  • We have had a great number of Dutch Elm Diseased trees this year.  Please remove them as soon as you are able to slow the spread.  Thank you for your efforts everyone.
  • City Crews and construction crews are working diligently in our community.  Please be alert and be careful when you are driving.
  • “There are moments in life when you miss some people so much that you want to pick them from your dreams and HUG them for real.” (Charlie Brown)

Blessings, Pray and Be Safe,

Dave Carlsrud

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City facilities reopen on June 15 for essential business

City facilities will reopen to the public for essential business beginning on Monday June 15 as follows.  Please respect social distancing at all times.

City Hall/Public Works Offices

Doors will be open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Cash, check and credit/debit cards will be accepted on site for Public Works payments.  Cash and check will be accepted on site for all other payments. 

COVID-19 safety measures:  Utility customers are encouraged to consider payment options that do not require an onsite visit such as auto-pay, dropboxes, or payments by phone or mail.  Call Valley City Public Works at 701-845-0380 for more information.

For assistance with general government matters, Valley City residents, visitors, and vendors are encouraged to call 701-845-1700 to speak with city officials or to request an appointment prior to stopping at City Hall or Public Works offices.  Information and forms are also readily available at

Guests will be asked to remain in designated waiting areas while being assisted or prior to scheduled appointments.  Hand sanitizer is available throughout City Hall and Public Works.  Employees and guests may wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

City meetings will remain closed to the general public due to space limitations, as authorized by Governor’s Executive Order 2020-16.  Instructions to access specific meetings by electronic means will be posted on the meeting agendas.  Public comments regarding city business will be accepted in writing any time, or during meetings by phone or Zoom.

Transfer Station

Gates will be open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Cash or check will be accepted on site. 

COVID-19 safety measures:  Customers are encouraged to call Valley City Public Works at 701-845-0380 to set up a credit or debit charge account prior to visiting the Transfer Station.  Staff will not be able to assist customers with the unloading of materials.  Employees and guests may wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Police Department/Municipal Court

Doors will be open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Fingerprinting and notary services will resume on Monday June 15.

COVID-19 safety measures: Citizens are encouraged to initiate police reports by calling 701-845-3110.  Records may be requested by calling 701-845-3110 or emailing

Municipal Court is held every other Tuesday at 9:30 AM.  All sessions of court will be held by phone until further notice.  To appear, call 701-845-8150 and enter conference ID: 981089.  For additional questions contact the Clerk of Court at 701-845-3110.

For information regarding other city facilities, please call 701-845-1700.

06/16/2020 City Commission Agenda

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
5:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT, at City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND. Members of the public are not permitted in the Commission Chambers due to COVID-19 and as allowed in ND Executive Order 2020-16.

Members of the public may view the meeting online ( Password 9PhqpQ or listen by calling (1 253 215 8782) Webinar ID: 979 1486 4324 Password 481130

Call To Order
Roll Call
Pledge of Allegiance (Please Stand)
Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Minutes from June 2, 2020 meeting

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Renewal Application for Cabaret License:
    1. F.O.E. Aerie 2192

Roll Call:          Powell              Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

Public Comments

During the COVID-19 emergency, members of the public may request to make a public comment regarding city business by contacting City Hall (701) 845-1700 by 12 NOON on the day of the meeting to make arrangements.

Attorney General’s “A Citizen’s Guide to North Dakota Open Records & Open Meetings Laws” *A member of the public does not have the right to speak to the governing body at an open meeting.  The public is only entitled to see and hear what happens at a meeting, and to record or broadcast those observations.

  • No personal attacks to persons present or not
  • No inflammatory language used during time that you have the platform
  • 5 minute maximum or as directed by the chair
  • Thank you for participating in City Government.

Public Hearing

  1.  Public Hearing for Mobile Vendors and Transient Merchants Licensing

Declare public hearing open.

Close hearing.

Roll Call:          Bishop             Erickson          Powell              Magnuson        Carlsrud

Approve first reading of Ordinance No. 1060, an ordinance to amend and reenact Chapter 5 of Title 8 and Section 11-05-18 of the Valley City Municipal Code, relating to mobile vendors and transient merchants.

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Bishop             Powell              Erickson          Carlsrud


  1.  Approve second and final reading of Ordinance No. 1059, an Ordinance Relating to the Annexation of Territory described as Auditor’s Lot Number 1 of the NE1/4 of the SW ¼ of Section 27, Township 140, Range 58, Barnes County, ND (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Magnuson        Bishop             Powell              Carlsrud

New Business

  1. Receive the Barnes County Official Canvassed Abstract and the Certificate of Election from the Primary Election held on June 9, 2020 (City Auditor Richter)
    Roll Call:          Powell              Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud
  2. Consideration of Nights on Central (President Carlsrud)
    Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Powell              Carlsrud
  3. Consider job descriptions for Assistant Fire Chief and Engineering Project Manager/Building Inspector (City Attorney Martineck)
    Roll Call:          Powell              Bishop             Erickson          Magnuson        Carlsrud
  4. Approve 2020 – 2021 Gaming Site Authorizations for the following (City Auditor Richter):
    1. North Dakota Winter Show at North Dakota Winter Show Event Center
    1. Valley City Eagles Aerie 2192 Fraternal Order of Eagles at the Eagles; Captain’s Pub; Labor Club; My Bar; City Lights; Tavern 94
      Roll Call:          Erickson          Magnuson        Bishop             Powell              Carlsrud
  5. Approve Appointment for the following committees and terms (City Auditor Richter):
    • Zoning Board of Adjustment (Variance) – 3 openings, 3 year term
      • Allen Schuldt
      • Ken Reid
      • Jim Wright
    • Visitors Committee – 3 openings, 4 year term
      • Bobby Koepplin
      • Mary Lee Nielson
      • Vacancy

        Roll Call           Magnuson        Erickson          Powell              Bishop             Carlsrud
  6. Discuss Urban Road Funding Request for Streetscape Phase II (KLJ)
  7. Approve Change Order #1, Project No. SU-2-990(059) – 5th Ave NW Reconstruction (KLJ)
    Roll Call:          Bishop             Powell              Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud
  8. Approve Change Order #2, Project No. SU-2-990(059) – 5th Ave NW Reconstruction (KLJ)
    Roll Call:          Powell              Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud
  9. Approve Renewal Applications for the following Alcoholic Beverage Licenses:
    • Brockopp Brewing, LLC
    • The Captains Pub
    • Chinese Palace
    • Hi-Line Hospitality, LLC dba City Lights
    • Dakota Silver, LLC
    • F.O.E. Aerie 2192
    • Jimmy’s Pizza
    • Sabir’s Dining & Lounge
    • Main Street Off-Sale, LLC dba Tavern 94
    • The Labor Club
    • County Bottle Shop, Inc dba the Liquor Locker
    • Valley City Town & Country Club
    • VC Developers LLC dba Bridges Bar & Grill
    • Woodland Lodge LLC dba Woodland Steakhouse
      Roll Call:          Erickson          Magnuson        Powell              Bishop             Carlsrud
  10. Discuss Renewal Applications for the following Alcoholic Beverage Licenses:
    • Mosby LLC dba Boomers Corner Keg
    • My Bar
    • The Clubhouse Lounge LLC
      Roll Call           Magnuson        Powell              Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud
  11. Approve Renewal Applications for the following Retail Tobacco Licenses:
    • Brothers III
    • CHS Inc dba Dakota Plains Ag (151 9th Ave NW)
    • CHS Inc. dba Dakota Plains Ag (807 Main St)
    • F.O.E. Aerie 2192
    • Family Dollar, Inc. dba Family Dollar #27662
    • Farmers Union Oil Company of Moorhead, MN dba PetroServe USA #071
    • And authorize the Auditor’s Office to issue licenses for applicants who meet all licensing requirements before June 30, 2020
      • The Liquor Locker dba County Bottle Shop, Inc.
      • Dakota Silver, LLC
      • DG Retail, LLC dba Dollar General Store #17856
      • Leevers Foods, Inc (424 2nd Ave NE)
      • Leevers Foods, Inc (148 S Central Ave)
      • Mosby LLC dba Boomers Corner Keg

        Roll Call:          Bishop             Powell              Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports

map of Paving 121 seal coat district

Construction Notice: Paving 121 Seal Coat Starts 06/10/2020

Paving Improvement Districts 121: 12th ST NW, 3rd AVE NE, 7th ST SE, Riverview Drive, and 15th AVE SW District

Seal coat work on Paving Improvement District 121 will begin on Thursday, June 11, 2020 and finish on Friday, June 12, 2020, weather pending. No parking signs will be installed 48 hours prior to the start of work have been installed to accommodate this work. The parking restriction only applies to daylight hours on the days the seal coat work is scheduled. Residents will have access to their homes and driveways. Intermittent interruptions are to be expected while driving on these streets but should be short.
Updated maps for all road closures are be posted on the City of Valley City’s webpage when they are taking affect. If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact KLJ at (701)-845-4980.

President Dave Carlsrud

06/08/2020 Mayor’s Message


  • This week the Corona Virus took a little “run” at us.  So as of Sunday’s report, we have had nine positive tests in Barnes County. 
  • As a whole, you people have been doing a great job with your social distancing, way-to-go. J While many of us are pretty careful just because we are older and in higher risk categories, I implore you younger folks to be a bit more careful as the 20 – 40 year olds have the greatest number of positive tests followed closely by the 40 – 50 year olds.  Please be careful out there as with the greater freedoms, we need to make better decisions to remain safe.
  • Today there was a Black Lives Matter Protest in City Park and a march around town.  Kudos to all involved as the program was well organized, heartfelt and peaceful.  I counted over 100 people, young and old in attendance. 
  • There are many individuals out there who are hurting from persecution in one form or another.  From a personal standpoint I need to become better informed. 
  • Cody, one of our Police Officers said, I’ll paraphrase, “We are here for you; communication, let’s get started”.  Wow, a few words making a powerful statement; thank you. 
  • I am grateful to our local law enforcement people for working with organizers helping to ensure all could run smoothly.
  • “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”     (Benjamin Franklin)

Blessings, Pray and Be Safe,

Dave Carlsrud

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Gwen Crawford Begins as City Adminstrator

The City Commission welcomes Gwen Crawford as the new City Administrator. She began on June 1.

“I look forward to serving the City of Valley City, to support its progressive growth and great quality of life,” Crawford says.

Crawford brings experience working in both government and private business. Most recently, Crawford was the City Administrator for the City of Lisbon, with efforts focused on filling the City Auditor and Economic Development Director roles. During her time in Lisbon, Crawford contributed to the Permanent Flood Protection projects, working with the State Water Commission and local partners to protect the community and develop relationships with upstream communities, including the City of Valley City. She also was instrumental in developing a Strategic Plan and many other projects that impacted the citizens.

Gwen was named as North Dakota League of Cities Appointed Official of the Year for 2019.

As a grant writer, Crawford worked with public and private sector entities to bring value to the City while ensuring projects met guidelines and remained on budgets.

Crawford plans to spend the first few months getting to know how the City of Valley City operates, while drawing on her experiences to inform future plans and goals. Crawford explains “It is exciting to see how closely our employees work together and I look forward to being able to build upon that natural teamwork.”

We know members of the public would like to meet the new City Administrator, but due to COVID-19 concerns, the City is waiting for the appropriate time to plan an open house. Members of the public can contact Crawford by phone at (701) 845-1700, then press 1.

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Mosquito Spraying – Today & Tomorrow

Valley City Public works will spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, June 4th after 8 pm and into Friday, June 5th in the morning, weather permitting.

Parents are advised to keep children and pets out of the streets and away from the spray machines. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in the area of the operation.

If there are any questions, please feel free to call Public Works at 845-0380.