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The holiday shopping season proved positive for businesses in Jamestown, which followed a national trend of increased holiday sales over last year. Cindy Gilge, owner of Gifts from the Heart, 109 1st St. W, said the holiday shopping season started a little slow toward the end of November but really picked up earlier this month. “Our sales are up over last year,” she said.
Chris Olson / The Sun Jaryn Stading, right, maneuvers a hockey puck around as Clint Grommich looks back Thursday at the ice skating rink in McElroy Park.
The United Way of Stutsman County will host a Victorian high tea fundraiser this week at the superintendent’s house on the campus of the North Dakota State Hospital. The first serving will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with servings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Each serving will have seating for 70 people. Call 252-6390 to reserve seats. Karla Bachmeier, United Way of Stutsman County executive director, and her sister, Victoria Hokanson, are hosting the high tea to raise funds for the United Way.
Santa Claus will bring higher temperatures to Jamestown along with presents on his delivery run Christmas Eve. The National Weather Service office in Bismarck is forecasting a high of 24 degrees today, with patchy and blowing snow expected to start around 3 a.m. and running through 3 p.m. The wind was expected to blow steady from the south at 16 to 21 mph, with gusts up to 31 mph, Monday night into today.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers have ruled out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It will be Green Bay’s seventh straight game without Rodgers since the franchise quarterback fractured his left collarbone during the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4. Backup Matt Flynn will make a fourth straight start. Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Rodgers has not received medical clearance yet, and that the organization feels Rodgers is not ready to play. “Just as I’ve stated all along. We’ve got two different circumstances here.
While Santa Claus is busy getting ready for his big night next week, some local elves have been working hard to ensure there is Christmas cheer for residents of nursing homes and care facilities in Jamestown Residents of nursing homes and assisted care facilities, patients at the North Dakota State Hospital, and the inmates at the James River Correctional Center will all have some extra comforts for the holiday. Nursing homes, assisted care and skilled care facilities Eventide at Hi-Acres Manor is a skilled nursing and transitional care facility at 1300 2nd Place.
The South Central Dakota Regional Council Executive Committee met Wednesday with its fellow owners of the Center for Economic Development building to review space needs. One idea raised by the building’s owners was selling the building and relocating to a larger building in Jamestown. Deb Kantrud, SCDRC executive director, said the SCDRC has two new employees and may add more next year, depending on whether SCDRC decides to offer building inspections services to its nine-county service region. SCDRC Executive Committee President Joe Neis said the committee wanted to meet with representative
Jamestown Regional Airport has received 125 pieces of correspondence on the two bids the U.S. Department of Transportation received to provide passenger airline service starting on April 1. The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority discussed Wednesday the bids received by Great Lakes Airlines and SkyWest Airlines to provide passenger service to Jamestown. Airport Manager Matt Leitner said the airport receives passenger service under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Essential Air Service program.
A 24-year-old James- town man was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition with a minor under the age of 15. Richard Etter, 225 3rd Ave.
The Stutsman County Commission is open to considering a request from the James River Valley Library System Library Board to lease the entire building that used to house the James River Senior and Community Center. Joseph Rector, director of the JRVLS, made the request to the County Commission at its meeting Tuesday. Currently the JRVLS, which operates the Stutsman County and Alfred Dickey libraries, leases space in the building for the county library and the bookmobile.