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The South Central Dakota Regional Council Executive Board appointed an interim director Thursday, while the board started the process of finding a replacement for outgoing Executive Director Deb Kantrud. The executive board appointed Brenda Moritz, the Regional Council's business manager. Kantrud said Moritz was hired on Aug. 17, 2015, and has experience as a certified public accountant. Moritz will take on additional duties as interim director on Monday, Oct. 24. Kantrud's last day as executive director is today. Kantrud starts her new job on Monday, Oct. 31.
Work on the Jetway passenger bridge is just about done, but hands-on training of SkyWest Airlines' employees on operating the bridge is a little behind. The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority reviewed an update on the project from Jamestown Regional Airport Manager Sam Seafeldt Wednesday night. Seafeldt said carpet is installed in the interior of the passenger boarding bridge and work on the roof is also just about completed.
Arthur Zhang knows a lot about Chinese languages, arts and culture. He should. Zhang is a visiting professor from Huizhou University, located in Huizhou, China, a riverside city with a population of about 600,000 people. He is the latest professor from Huizhou University to teach Chinese language, culture and arts at the University of Jamestown. UJ and Huizhou University renewed a cooperative agreement Tuesday, Oct. 18, that will promote activities like student and staff exchanges, transfer programs for degrees and other credentials and collaborative research projects.
Jamestown Public Schools District officials are preparing for a review by AdvancED, a non-profit education accreditation organization with headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. The Jamestown Public School Board reviewed a presentation Monday by Jamestown Middle School Principal Ryan Harty about the AdvancED accreditation review process. He said the school district will be undergoing the accreditation review during the 2017-18 school year.
The Jamestown Police Department has a new officer. He's 3 years old and he likes chewing on PVC pipe. Odin is the department's new canine officer. He is a Belgian Malinois, and he comes from the Grand Island Police Department in Nebraska. "He (Odin) and the officer he was paired with in Nebraska just didn't click," said Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police. Edinger said the department was able to get Odin for $3,000, which is about a third of how much a new similarly trained dog would cost.
A juvenile bald eagle once too weak to fly has been rehabilitated and was released back into the wild Friday morning at Pipestem Dam. The 3-year-old male eagle was found in the median of Interstate 94 near Eckleson Lake on Sept. 6. He was captured by Mark Pollert, a North Dakota Fish and Game warden, and taken to U.S. Fish and Wildlife offices in Bismarck and was later taken to the Dakota Zoo.
Breakout box If you go What: Open house for "Prairie Grass Ballet" sculpture When: Noon today Where: Hansen Arts Park, at the corner of 2nd Street Southwest and 1st Avenue South Details: Paul Goehner and work crew from Jamestown Monument will be sandblasting words from poems and scientific names for grass in the granite boulders of the sculpture. Owen William Fritts and Elizabeth Hellstern will be working on the sculpture and will stop to answer questions from time to time.
If you go What: "Manifest Destiny: American Pioneers in Art" lunch series When: Noon to 1 p.m. Monday Where: The Arts Center, 115 2nd St. SW Details: The fee is $5 for all attendees and includes lunch. RSVP by Saturday at 251-2496. rrr Henry Ossawa Tanner is the subject of the first artist lunch series to be held Monday at the Arts Center.
The North Dakota Farmers Union is hoping it will be able to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the North Dakota Farm Bureau to get the state's anti-corporate farming law overturned. NDFU President Mark Watne said attorneys for NDFU filed a motion Thursday in U.S. District Court to intervene on the side of the state of North Dakota in the Farm Bureau's lawsuit. The Farm Bureau filed a lawsuit on June 2 to abolish the state's anti-corporate farming laws.
BREAKOUT If you go What: Course offered to people wanting to deploy as American Red Cross volunteers to help in Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts When: 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 Where: Fargo Details: The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to help with Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. Call (701) 364-1800 or send an email to email@example.com for more information. rrr