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Kaiser discusses challenges at Rotary

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser talked about the challenges of growth in Stutsman County at the recent Rotary Club meeting. The construction at Spiritwood — road construction, the new rail loop on the Spiritwood Energy Park Association property and the building of the ethanol plant — gives his department a few extra demands, he said, noting that it is nothing the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t handled before. It’s just more people and traffic along with weight restrictions to enforce, he said.

Kaiser said he was pleased to be able to add one more deputy, Matt Thom, to his staff. Currently the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office has nine full-time deputies.

To help with budgeting, Kaiser has been able to receive grants that help pay for a new officer’s salary over a three-year period. He has also applied for and received grants for equipment and vehicles. Kaiser said he has enjoyed his first term as Stutsman County sheriff.

Carrie Orn presided over the meeting, Mark Sherfy gave the invocation, Katie Andersen led the group in singing, and Mike Smyth collected “Happy Dollars” for Rotary projects. Orn thanked those who helped with the All State Soccer Tournament, the student-athletes and coaches. She said parents really enjoyed the hospitality of Jamestown and thanked the Rotary Club for sponsoring the games. Orn said there is still one more vacancy on the board of directors. Contact Nick Schmitt for more details and responsibilities of being a member of the board of directors. Vespers is scheduled for 5 p.m. June 24 at Casey Stoudt’s cabin. There will not be a noon meeting on June 24 at the Quality Inn & Suites.

Joan Morris is in charge of today’s program, Larry Hoffman the table blessing, Gail Martin with singing,