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Water worries: Flood forecast is better, but residents face anxiety
Jamestown resident Pearl Silzly is already anxious about an upcoming flood, even though the snow hasn't melted yet. Silzly faced flood issues last year when the water seeped into her basement, forcing her to sweep the stream into drains and pumps -- a job that took two or three...
February 26, 2010 - 7:15am
February 9, 2010
JPS, SJA rural buses to run late
Jamestown Public School rural buses will run two hours late today, according to Bob Toso, superintendent. Rural buses for St. John's Academy will run two hours late as well. "With the snow on the roads we want to give a little more time tomorrow before the rural buses go out," he...
February 9, 2010 - 8:03am
February 4, 2010
Power outages in Dakotas down
BISMARCK (AP) -- The power outages in the Dakotas caused by storms late last month are now down to only a few hundred rural electric customers. Spokeswomen estimate about 250 households without power in South Dakota and about 65 still in the dark in North Dakota. At the peak of...
February 4, 2010 - 7:24am
January 30, 2010
Building N.D. is a team effort
It is no secret that by all accounts, North Dakota's economy has weathered the national economic downturn better than most. Our state has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources that have filled our state general fund coffers and provided a budget cushion. We are also...
January 30, 2010 - 7:34am
January 27, 2010
Crews able to begin repairing lines to restore power in south-central, southwest N.D.
FARGO -- About 5,000 rural North Dakotans remained without power Tuesday, but a break in the weather has finally allowed crews to reach rural areas and begin repairing lines. Some residents haven't had power since Thursday and may not have service restored for up to 3 weeks. "There...
January 27, 2010 - 8:57am
December 2, 2009
Survey: Rural Midwest still in recession
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Rural areas in middle America are being hit particularly hard by what could be another dip into recession for the region, according to a survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states released Tuesday. November's Business Conditions...
December 2, 2009 - 8:28am
November 25, 2009
Seat belt use rare out in rural North Dakota
Not wearing a seat belt is a problem in the farming communities of LaMoure County, a problem the sheriffs' department is working to combat, said Robert Fernandes, county sheriff. "It just makes sense to wear a seat belt," Fernandes said. "There's no doubt about it. They just save...
November 25, 2009 - 7:24am
November 3, 2009
Fargo Rep. Schneider resigns N.D. House seat
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Fargo state Rep. Jasper Schneider has resigned from the North Dakota House. The 30-year-old Democrat recently was appointed as North Dakota's director for the federal Agriculture Department's Rural Development agency. Schneider's resignation took effect...
November 3, 2009 - 11:44am
October 31, 2009
Water project receives grant
The expansion project of the Stutsman Rural Water District received a $400,000 grant as part of an Interior Department appropriations bill ap-proved by Congress Friday. The money will allow the district to begin work in preparation for a future major expansion. The bill also included...
October 31, 2009 - 3:48am
October 30, 2009
Rural fire departments challenged by lack of funds, volunteers
Merricourt, N.D., used to have its own fire department. Now fires in and around the town are fought by fire departments in Ellendale, N.D., and...
October 30, 2009 - 6:29am
October 27, 2009
Jamestown Rural Fire Department buys new truck
The Jamestown Rural Fire Department purchased a new water truck this month, replacing a 32-year old unit it retired this fall. The new, 2,000-gallon...
October 27, 2009 - 8:17am
October 17, 2009
Survey suggests Plains economy improving
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- For a second straight month, a survey of rural bankers in 11 Midwest and Plains states suggests economic conditions are improving but remain weak. According to a report issued Thursday by economist Ernie Goss of Creighton University in Omaha, the overall index...
October 17, 2009 - 7:52am
October 14, 2009
JRFD responds to grain dryer fire
Two units of the Jamestown Rural Fire Department responded to a grain dryer fire at Country Grain Cooperative in Eldridge. The units were dispatched at 3 a.m. "There was minimal damage," said Rick Woehl, assistant fire chief. "They dumped the dryer and found a little smoldering grain." Six...
October 14, 2009 - 9:46am
September 10, 2009
Hospital CEO says merger could help rural area
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The chief executive of North Dakota's largest hospital says merging with a South Dakota health system could create the nation's largest rural health care network. Officials say the merger of MeritCare of Fargo and Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D., would...
September 10, 2009 - 11:48am
August 22, 2009
Rural radiology project launched
MINOT (AP) -- Minot's Trinity Health has launched a rural radiology outreach initiative. It will enable 15 rural clinics and health care centers to send radiology scans electronically to the Minot hospital for assessment. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said that will reduce the time...
August 22, 2009 - 7:51am