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From emergency medical care to cable television, the availability of local service is vital for a comfortable lifestyle, and Velva has it all.

Emergency services

The Velva Volunteer Ambulance Squad is ready for any emergency, as are the local city and rural fire departments. In addition to its regular service, the ambulance crew has a trauma trailer, able to respond quickly and efficiently to mass casualty incidents. These volunteers include EMTs, RNs and LPNs, all well-trained and responsive in emergency situations.

Velva's volunteer fire department is manned by a crew of dedicated firefighters who respond to calls in the rural area as well as in the city. Their dual role in fighting city and rural fires is due to a cooperative agreement between the city fire board and the rural fire board. More than 20 firefighters are on pager alert every day, enabling them to respond to fire calls immediately. Equipment includes a 2,600 gallon tanker, a 750 gallon city pumper, a 750 gallon rural pumper, a rural mini-pumper, and a fully equipped rescue wagon with jaws of life equipment. Both the Velva Fire Department and Velva Ambulance are located in the fire and ambulance hall, just north of the city offices.

Velva is served by a 911 emergency system, insuring help is always close at hand. In 2001, a city police force was reinstated after several years of contracting for law enforcement services through the county sheriff's department. The residents of Velva wanted additional police protection, and the city commission responded. As a result, a new police chief and part-time officer are on staff, and two additional full-time officers will be on board by January of 2003. Velva is the only town in McHenry County with a city police force.

Health services

Personnel at the Velva Health Center includes Dr. Dana Larson, M.D., Licensed Nurse Practioner Damaris Fitzpatrick, and their support staff. The local dentist, Dr. Jon Florence, also does business out this building. (Despite more financially-promising offers, both our doctor and dentist are Velva natives who returned home to practice their arts. It's yet another example how deeply our residents come to love our community.) For more specialized care, the clinic's parent organization is just 20 minutes west of town. Trinity Health offers leading-edge cancer fighting technology, women's health care, sports medicine, pediatrics, high-tech ophthalmology services and much more. There are also a number of independent medical specialists and surgeons located in Minot.

A complete physical therapy center, open to the public, is available at the Souris Valley Care Center (SVCC), while specialized therapy and sports training are available nearby. SVCC is located on South Hill overlooking the city. The facility is managed by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and is Medicare certified. In addition to providing skilled health care needs to 50 residents, it also provides out-patient physical therapy to the surrounding area.

Other services

The Star City Senior Citizens are not your typical seniors! Far from being an "island onto themselves," these busy folks are active in the community and open the doors of the Senior Center to everyone. They are ambitious fundraisers as they continually upgrade and improve the center, and then open it for public use. A recently added physical fitness room features weight-lifting and aerobic exercise equipment, and membership to use the facility is only $15 a month. The center also offers a variety of services to the senior crowd, including meals, a computer lab and social activities. There is also a handicapped-accessible bus service in Velva which transports local seniors around Velva and to Minot several days a week.

In 1993, progressive local residents voted to build a new 10,000 square foot school and public library, located on the north end of the school. During the school year the facility is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Summer hours are Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; Wednesday 9-12 a.m.; Thurs 1-4 p.m.; and Friday 1-4 p.m. The library has an extensive Lewis & Clark collection and a special section on the life of Velva native Eric Sevareid. There are also state-of-the-art, internet-access computers -- recently delivered by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation -- and microfiche newspaper records going back over 100 years. Of course, you'll also find the latest best sellers on the shelves of this beautiful facility!

Cable television service is available in the city through Star City, as is digital satellite television service. The Velva Area Voice, a weekly newspaper, serves the Velva proper and outlying area. The Mouse River Journal is another local weekly, published out of Towner. The area is also serviced by the Minot Daily News, four local television stations and numerous AM and FM radio stations.