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It’s been about two decades, but in what could be his last campaign Tim Duncan has rewritten the books. The last time a big man played like this Michael Jordan was riding the bus and struggling as an outfielder. With the love of hockey in North Dakota it’s easy to dismiss greatness, but it’s important to take note. That way, you can tell your children a story about the fall of South Beach. Growing up a student and fan of the game, I was able to witness not one, not two, but three three-peats. M.J. and Pippen, M.J. Pippen and the Worm, and finally Kobe and Shaq.
By the time your eyes find this on the page or online I will have left Jamestown for good. Yes, my role in one of the most bizarre sports writing experiments ever undertaken at The Sun has officially come to a close. Over the past three years I did my part to showcase in this spot my views on local things ranging from softball injuries to terrible days on the golf course. Not exactly B1 fodder, but I can’t be criticized for not bringing my opinion to the Opinion Corner. Over the years writing columns ranging from pool league to girl’s high school hockey and plenty more oddball tangents, I’
Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen presented her proposed changes to the contract agreement between the city and the Buffalo City Tourism Foundation at BCTF's executive board meeting Friday. Essentially the major change would be eliminating the $75,000 the Jamestown Stutsman Development Corp. pays annually and replacing with funds from city lodging and restaurant taxes.
A newly-elected member of the Jamestown Public School Board motioned that the district should immediately adopt and implement a bullying-prevention program at Monday's meeting. Roger Haut motioned that the district should adopt the Olweus Program at a cost he estimated to be around $20,000. An Olweus pilot program will start this school year at Lincoln Elementary. "It is a renowned program and I think putting it in one school is labeling that school," Haut said.
It's called Common Core and at some point most students in the nation will be held to the rigorous educational standards it mandates. When No Child Left Behind became law in 2001 states were able to draw up their own education standards, according to Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent Bob Toso. A need to have consistent educational standards across the country after more than a decade of NCLB is what inspired Common Core, he said. It's a national, voluntary effort to build on generations of different educational standards to define a new set for the nation.
After four years of work a Martin, N.D., woman has published a novel in part taken from her life experiences as a foster parent. Next Saturday she will be in Jamestown to sign it. In February, Tate Publishing released Judy Frueh's novel "Laughing and Dancing Solo." "I've always liked writing so it took me three summers to write and I was inspired by the foster kids that have gone through our home," she said. Over the years Frueh and her husband, David, have foster parented eight children. She said more parents are always needed, and hopefully her novel will get that message out there.
The Jamestown Public School Board came to a consensus to cut at least $150,000 from the 2012-2013 school year budget at Monday's meeting. The district faces estimated deficit spending of $945,125 for the next school year. Dropping between $150,000 and $200,000 from the deficit is the first step toward the long process of having a balanced budget. "We're in a good enough position with the budget surplus that we have, that we don't have to go into panic mode," said JPS Superintendent Bob Toso. "...
Maybe Timberwolves big man Kevin Love was onto something when he said he'd like to see the NBA switch up one of the most boring games of the season. Love said he'd like to see the winner of the NBA All-Star Game take home court advantage for the finals in an effort to ratchet up intensity. I agree with the head stomper here because the annual All-Star Game has become one of the finest mockeries in all of professional sports.
On Tuesday the South Central Dakota Regional Council Loan Funds Committee was presented with an overhaul of its policies and procedures for the first time in nearly 30 years. The Loan Funds Committee oversees the Revolving Loan Funds of the SCDRC, which in part provides gap financing for business growth that retains or adds new employees for a nine-county region here. The changes come on the heels of a request of the policies and procedure from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, said Deb Kantrud, executive director of the SCDRC. It's not a common request from the EDA.
For the third time in 13 months, residents in the Barnes County North School District voted against combining the districts' three schools into one. Official results were 56 percent in favor of the action with a 60 percent majority required to pass. The votes were to approve a measure to construct a new school at a more centralized location in the district near Leal and a second measure on whether to increase the debt limit of the district from the 5 percent of assessed value set by the North Dakota Constitution. Both measures had to pass for construction to happen.