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Jamestown Tourism funds projects

A rodeo event received $5,000 in grant funding and three organizations received a total of $35,552 in capital construction funds Thursday by unanimous approval of the Jamestown Tourism Grant and Executive Board.

The board approved a $5,000 grant request from 5 Star Bucking Bulls to promote its 2018 Duel in the Dirt Bull Riding Finale on Nov. 16-17 at Jamestown Civic Center. Board members Mitzi Hager and Janna Bergstedt were not present.

The Grant and Executive Board requested that ticket sales for the event have a zip code or other tracking mechanism to get an idea of how many people are attending the event from outside Stutsman County.

The board approved $17,052 in capital funds to National Buffalo Museum to renovate a multi-purpose room for programming, exhibits and meetings. The board also awarded $10,000 for an interactive lifesize bison puzzle exhibit that teaches bison anatomy.

The board approved $3,500 to Frontier Village Association for roofing projects on a caboose, the dentist office building and a former post office at Frontier Village. The FVA requested $29,244 in projects that included restoration of a Midland Continental Railway caboose and Wells Fargo replica stagecoach.

Matt Woods, president of Jamestown Tourism, said the application did not differentiate items of critical need and did not include the public restrooms that are in need of immediate repairs.

The board awarded $5,000 to the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Foundation for new batting cages at Jack Brown Stadium. More than $415,000 has been spent so far on a Jack Brown Stadium update with 75 percent from private donations, said Jeff Gould, representing the foundation by Skype. The work has already resulted in baseball tournaments returning to Jamestown, he said.

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