Residential property values in Stutsman County outside Jamestown are set to rise between 10 and 48 percent in most townships and cities in Stutsman County, thanks to increases in home sale prices in those areas. “The housing market has gone through the roof,” said Dustin Bakken, Stutsman County tax director. “It’s basically supply and demand.
A software upgrade for Stutsman County’s appraisal and taxation programs is intended to increase efficiency — and will pay for itself in 12 years. “Overall, I think everyone’s thoroughly impressed with the software,” said Josh Smaage, Stutsman County’s director of information technology. The technology upgrades are replacing an IBM iSeries the county has had since about 1995, and the system was about six years old at that time as well, Smaage said. Upgrades and technology changes had been done to the system, but it wasn’t a graphical interface with a point-and-click arrangement like that of
Dry wit, humor and sharp-tongued sarcasm will all be on display in distinctively British form in the upcoming 2nd ACT production of Noel Coward’s “Relative Values.” “It is subtle British humor, so it will be interesting to see how our audience reacts,” said Lori Dorr, the play’s director. The character-driven comedy is a sly send-up of snobbery in all its forms, from the social gap between British classes and the even-wider gulf between Americans and British people. “There’s a lot of innuendo and double entendre and a lot of sarcastic quips in this particular play,” said Dorr, adding that t
Shaniah Zorn, 15, left, and Shaylie Zorn, 12, decorate eggs using a wax-resist method traditionally used in Ukraine called “pysanky” Tuesday at the Arts Center. (Kari Lucin / The Sun)
CHS Inc. and the Stutsman County Commission have agreed on a value of $2.04 billion for the planned Spiritwood nitrogen fertilizer plant, with a value for taxation of $1.33 billion. “That will get us started on the property tax exemption discussions,” said Casey Bradley, auditor/chief operating officer for Stutsman County. Now that a value for taxation has been agreed on, CHS will negotiate with taxing entities about possible property tax exemptions, including representatives of Stutsman County, the Jamestown Rural Fire District and Barnes County North. Consultant firm Thos. Y.
The James River Valley Library System will apply for grants for a new bookmobile and electronic devices, the JRVLS Library Board decided Monday. The bookmobile grant request would be for $74,000 from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. Should the grant request be accepted, the current 18-year-old bookmobile would be replaced. The aging bookmobile serves rural schools and small cities in Stutsman County, but it is too heavy for spring road restrictions and is beginning to wear out.
Calls for service were up in 2013 for the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, when a change in recordkeeping involving security checks is taken into account. “… I wanted a more definite count of where we were,” said Sheriff Chad Kaiser. In 2012, he explained, the office documented visits to towns and locations in Stutsman County as “security checks,” even if they were interrupted by calls to go elsewhere, but in 2013, security checks were only counted if the deputy actually had a chance to patrol. That meant the numbers for security checks went from 1,207 in 2012 to 593 in 2013 — and that’s e
Live comedy is back tonight in Jamestown, as the two comedians of The Hobbit Trail return on part of another epic tour. The show, starring comedians Nate Ford and Brendan O’Day, starts at 8 p.m. at The Corner Bar, with a cover charge of $5. This will be the duo’s third time performing in Jamestown, but the show is never the same twice. “Every show is different, just by virtue of playing with the audience,” O’Day said. “… they’re going to see a different show every single time.
Once a political statement of loyalty to Ireland, now nearly everyone wears green on St. Patrick’s Day — and for the annual Runnin O’ the Green. Those who haven’t bought a costume for the Run yet still have some options in Jamestown, including buying the official T-shirt at Wildside Creations. Read more about the Runnin O' the Green . “We make them up as we get orders, so we don’t get stuck with extra shirts,” said Megan Fossum, owner of Wildside.
The angels in Kidder County, N.D., may not have fluffy white wings or glowing halos, but they do help people around them. The six Kidder County Angels, who began working on the project in May, have already given 30 gas vouchers to people with chronic illnesses, helping them get to their medical appointments. “It isn’t just the six people on the board that are the angels.