Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Maj. Mark McEvers was just playing basketball with some friends in Devils Lake when suddenly one of the players fell backward. Everyone gathered around the man who fell, McEvers said. He was having trouble breathing, and then his breathing stopped. McEvers, who works for the North Dakota National Guard as a supervisor at Camp Grafton, immediately grabbed the automated external defibrillator in Sweetwater Elementary School, where the recreational basketball league of about 12 men in their 40s was playing when the accident happened, the evening of Dec.
GRAND FORKS — When it comes to infectious diseases, North Dakota and Minnesota vary in preparedness in the case of an outbreak, a new study shows. In a report released Tuesday by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, North Dakota was ranked in the bottom half of outbreak-ready states and Minnesota ranked in the top half. Out of the 10 “key indicators” used to score states, North Dakota met four and Minnesota met seven. The indicators ranged from not decreasing public health funding, to having certain vaccines, to having labs prepared for increased testing in the
GRAND FORKS — Increased state and federal requirements have created a growing workload for the two Grand Forks County workers in charge of licensing child care facilities — but they’re welcoming the extra work. “It’s good for children, good for families,” said Sandy Brandt. “It’s a good problem to have, it’s just the logistics of trying to keep up with (the work) with excellence and in a timely manner.” She and Kari Olson are early childhood licensing specialists at county Social Services. They said many requirements ensure safety in child care facilities.
Jamestown Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has once again been voted Best Plumber in the Buffalo City area. “It feels great,” said Neil Guthmiller, owner of Jamestown Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, which is located at 602 1st St.
With Jamestown businesses struggling to find workers due to the area’s low unemployment rate, some entities are searching for a local solution. There are several efforts to solve Jamestown’s workforce shortage by partnering local businesses and education. “It’s difficult to recruit workforce to our area, especially with the lack of housing,” said Holly Miller, workforce developer with Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Stutsman County had 2.2 percent unemployment as of Nov. 18, according to data from Job Service North Dakota.
Judy Buegel never really liked cooking Thanksgiving dinner. “I’m not really a Susie Homemaker,” she said. It was her husband who always organized the annual meal — and he organized it for hundreds of people in Jamestown to share. Buegel’s late husband, Fritz Buegel, started the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which served its 24th annual meal Thursday. There were 615 people served at this year’s community dinner — just shy of the event’s record of 623 people, said Amy Neustel, who organized the dinner with Sue Corwin. The event — which served its free meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday lights will shine down First Avenue Friday for the 10th annual Holiday Dazzle Parade in Jamestown. The parade will feature more than 40 floats from local businesses and organizations, said Charlie Kourajian, one of the parade organizers. “We’ve got some really interesting floats this year,” he said. Kourajian wouldn’t give away exactly what will be on any of the floats, but he said there would be a lot of lights and some of the floats will have music. The parade, which is sponsored by the Main Street Downtown Association, begins at 7 p.m., starting north on Second Avenue Southeast
The Jamestown Public School Board and school administrators entered their first-ever contract negotiations Monday, with the administrators proposing a salary schedule based partially on individual experience and education. The administrators include all JPS principals and assistant principals, the district’s food service director, technology coordinator and athletic/activity director, and the director of the James Valley Career and Technology Center. The administration approached the School Board seeking contract negotiations for the first time this year, said Superintendent Robert Lech, who
A fire that started in a wood-burning stove destroyed a rural Eldridge, N.D., home Saturday. The call came in about 3:50 a.m., said Fire Chief Rick Woehl, of the Jamestown Rural Fire Department. When firefighters arrived on scene, about 2 1/2 miles south of Eldridge, there were flames visible through the house’s roof, Woehl said. The blaze kept the Jamestown Rural Fire Department on scene until about 3 p.m., with seven firefighters and 14 fire trucks, Woehl said. The fire started in the chimney, and the family had been burning their wood stove at the time, Woehl said. “Either the chimney
Jamestown’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is ready to serve hundreds of people again this year. The dinner tradition, which was started 24 years ago by the late Fritz Buegel, offers turkey, stuffing, potatoes, corn and more to any community member or visitor for free, said Amy Neustel, one of this year’s dinner organizers. “You get great fellowship with the people that are there,” Neustel said. The dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown. People also have the option of having their dinner delivered.