By David Luessen, The Jamestown Sun
Hundreds gathered at Stutsman Harley-Davidson for the 8th annual Polar Pig – Walk the Plank fundraiser on Saturday. Eighteen brave souls of all ages plunged into an outdoor tub of water as temperatures hovered in the single digits in an effort to raise money for the Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice program. Don Wegner, Stutsman Harley Owners Group activities director, said organizers still did not have an exact figure on the amount of money raised as of Saturday night.
The Young Professionals of Jamestown is seeking more members and have retained a team of students from the University of Jamestown to help them. The YPJ is a subcommittee of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Executive Director Lisa Hicks, working side by side with YPJ member Samantha Beckman, approached Mort Sarabakhsh, professor of business management at UJ, about using students from his community alliances for management consulting class to revitalize the group.
Statements of interest forms and petitions for running for local offices are available now, and with the election season officially open Stutsman County Auditor/Chief Operating Officer Casey Bradley is expecting to have his hands full in 2014. “We’ve got all these projects going on; it’s going to be an extremely busy year and then you throw in an election into it —it’s going to be a very challenging year,” Bradley said. The county organizes the elections for the city and Jamestown Public Schools.
Two miles of cross-country ski trails have been established on the west side of the Hillcrest Municipal Golf Course pro shop by the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department. Free ski rentals — usually $5 — will be offered this weekend as part of Cabin Fever Days, and Parks and Rec Director Doug Hogan said the Hillcrest pro shop will serve as a warming house and rent skis and sell concessions as long as snow conditions allow. Hogan said lack of snow in some spots and the crusty surface on areas with snow made it difficult to set the 2-mile loop. “The whole east end where we had trails in th
Joseph “JT” Thompson was selected by the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as the Citizen of the Year. Longtime friend Larry Knoblich, a past recipient of the award, said Thompson’s long overdue recognition was bittersweet because Thompson was in Fargo receiving chemotherapy treatments and is too sick to accept the award in person. Knoblich accepted the award on his behalf at the chamber’s 83rd annual banquet Thursday night. “He personifies the word ‘volunteer,’” Knoblich said Wednesday.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — In the early morning hours of Oct. 21, the Rev. Jolene Knudson-Hanse received a phone call: Her church was burning. “I just kind of went into response mode, like when you get a call from the hospital in the middle of the night you just go and you don’t really think about it,” she said. “It really didn’t hit me until a few hours later when we were sitting down and trying to figure out our next step — when we realized we won’t have a building.
State wildlife officials say the next two months could have a major impact on wildlife in North Dakota. Randy Kreil, North Dakota Game and Fish Department Wildlife Division chief, said it’s still too early to tell what consequences this season’s snow and cold will have on deer and other animals. Kreil said while they are resilient creatures, the length of the season could take a toll. “April 1 we’ll have a much better idea of how the winter impacted wildlife,” Kreil said. “If March is milder than normal and April is pleasant, then winter will have only lasted December, January and February.