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Professional fisherman Ted Takasaki will share his knowledge on catching walleye as part of the Sport & Recreation Show taking place this weekend. The show will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jamestown Civic Center. There is no admission charge. Takasaki’s seminars on catching walleye using jigs are at 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Dakota Medical Foundation and the Impact Foundation officials are hoping the seventh annual Giving Hearts Day donation event Thursday will set new records for the number of donations and amount of money raised for the participating nonprofit organizations. Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event hosted by the DMF and Impact Foundation.
Some new playground equipment for Buchholtz Park, a couple of work utility vehicles and tires are some of the items the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission approved to purchase at its meeting Monday. The commission will spend $66,600 out of its facilities fund to purchase the different items. The commission tabled the purchase of a new two-wheel drive pickup truck to serve as the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department’s “shop” truck. Ted Kapp, the department’s supervisor, said the vehicle would be used for transporting the department’s workers to different parks around the city.
For 25 years Building Blocks Child Development Center has provided day care and preschool services to hundreds of families. Owner Linda Barnick said it is simple to her why she runs a day care/preschool center. “I love working with kids,” she said. “It’s a very, very rewarding job, but it’s also a very hard job.” Barnick has a staff of nine who helps her with watching about 55 children each weekday. Barnick said two of her employees, Judy Vilhauer and Melissa Poland, have child development associate degrees. “Judy has been with me since just about the beginning,” Barnick said.
University of Jamestown students and staff have a chance to find out what it’s like to be in the Olympics by taking part in the inaugural Jimmie Winter Olympics over the next two weeks. Mika Thorlakson, an assistant professor in UJ’s kinesiology department, said Chris Mahoney, department chair, came into Thorlakson’s office about two weeks ago to talk about having the university host a Jimmie Winter Olympics. “His idea was to celebrate the Olympics being held in Sochi (Russia) and to foster the closeness between students, staff and faculty that make the University of Jamestown so special,” T
Kelsey Becker may be getting used to being part of a state championship team at Jamestown High School. Becker is captain of the JHS No. 1 team that won the state LifeSmarts championship Wednesday in Bismarck. JHS No. 2 team finished second with the Kindred High School team taking third. This is Becker’s third time being part of a JHS LifeSmarts team that won the state championship, and she is only a junior.
Jamestown Regional Airport will soon be busy as SkyWest Airlines will be bringing in equipment and personnel to make sure the airport is ready when the airline starts passenger service on June 5. SkyWest Airlines is a regional commercial airline that will be providing passenger service between Denver and the Jamestown and Devils Lake Regional airports. SkyWest was awarded a two-year contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Jan. 30 to provide passenger air service to Jamestown and Devils Lake under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Essential Air Service program.
Bob Ibes Jr. farms 4,000 acres southwest of Jamestown on land that was farmed by his father and grandfather. With the U.S. Senate passing the latest version of the farm bill on a 68-32 vote Tuesday afternoon, Ibes said he isn’t sure what the new farm bill will mean for him and his farm. “The last I heard (about the farm bill) was the House had passed, and that was last week or 10 days ago,” Ibes said. U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., voted for the bill, according to information provided by the senators.
A Streeter man pleaded not guilty to three charges of gross sexual imposition Monday in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Robert Huss, 39, appeared for a preliminary hearing and arraignment on the three Class A felony charges. Huss appeared without an attorney and said he is in the process of hiring one. The preliminary hearing was held and Huss pleaded not guilty during the arraignment.
The Frontier Village Association will receive more than $54,000 from the Buffalo City Tourism Foundation for staffing and operational expenses. The BCTF Executive Board approved three grant requests from the FVA. The first was for $40,558.17 for staffing expenses.