The 34th annual Runnin O' the Green Saturday will be safe and successful, its organizer says, provided people use common sense, designated drivers and walkers -- and the proverbial luck of the Irish. "Be careful out there," advised Larry Knoblich, founder and organizer of the annual charity run, which has participants stopping at nine pubs along an approximately 5K route (3.1 miles) through Jamestown. The Runnin O' the Green began quietly in 1979 with just 23 runners -- plus an Irish priest and a dog -- and has blossomed into a massive event raising funds for charity, spurring local busines
Spring weight restrictions started for Stutsman County roads Monday, with North Dakota state road restrictions set to begin today. "It would be highly recommended to obey the law, because it does protect our roads," said Mickey Nenow, county highway superintendent. "The funding to fix the roads is just not there anymore, so we try to maintain what we do have." Weight restrictions for trucks help protect roads from being damaged during the spring, when the ice melts and the road base gets soft and squishy.
Health officials are continuing to monitor the Oil Patch for changes in mental health and substance abuse needs, the North Dakota State Hospital Governing Board learned Monday at its quarterly meeting. "From the standpoint of the number of people coming here (to the North Dakota State Hospital), we have not seen much of a change," said Alex Schweitzer, hospital superintendent, after the meeting. The State Hospital serves as the primary inpatient facility for the Jamestown, Devils Lake, Dickinson and Williston regions. The hospital gets about 3 percent of its admissions from the northwest re
Answering health-related questions in an eight-minute phone survey will help Stutsman County providers plan public health policy and budgets for years to come, health officials say. "We just want to really know what the community c a re s about," said Tami Dillm a n , f i n a n c e manager at Central Valley Health District. T he CVHD is coordinating the development process for a community health assessment (CHA) and community health improvement plan (CHIP), partnering with other health-related organizations.
Tenor Ray Sample will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jamestown Seventh-day Adventist Church. Sample served as a counselor helper at a youth camp in Jamestown several years ago, said Darren Purdy, pastor of the church. "I didn't know him from Adam until he signed up as a counselor, and it turned out he was a very good vocalist, and he kind of blew my doors off," Purdy recalled. Later, Purdy learned Sample would be performing in Grand Forks, giving Jamestown an opportunity to book him for the previous week. Sample sings about God's love in a non-denominational way, Purdy said.
Six thousand acres of flooded land in northern Stutsman County, as well as Foster and Griggs counties, could be affected by a drainage project still in its preliminary stages. "It's just in the planning stages. (We're) just trying to get organized to see if it's even feasible to do it," said Joel Lees, chairman of the Stutsman County Water Resource Board.
If a judge orders a change of venue in the trial of Leron Lee Howard, 34, Jamestown, it could end up costing Stutsman County. Howard has been charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of Abdi Ali Ahmed, Jamestown, on April 30, 2011, and is scheduled for trial in August. Fritz Fremgen, Stutsman County state's attorney, said at Tuesday's Stutsman County Commission meeting that he will fight a change of venue. "Well, it'll be what it'll be," said Commissioner Mark Klose.
The St. James Basilica's parish mission event this year will focus on families and family spirituality. "I think it gives us a spiritual lift," said Shirley Wallace, director of faith formation. "(It's a) time to focus on our faith and deepen our faith in Christ, and become more knowledgeable about our church and its teachings." The public is welcome to the mission, which will include four presentations at the Basilica March 10-13.
Stutsman County Emergency Manager Jerry Bergquist received an Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions to the field" from the North Dakota Emergency Management Association. "Few Emergency Managers have put as much time, effort and dedication into the advancement of emergency management..." wrote the North Dakota Emergency Management Association and Publicity, Awards and Citations Committee. "...
Area residents flocked to local stores early this week to purchase food, entertainment and snowblower parts before the snow fell. "Our customer count isn't even up, but a lot of people are just getting bigger cartloads," said Richard Hilgemann, assistant manager at Hugo's. "It's been hectic. We've been running our tails off here." Hugo's called in a few extra cashiers and baggers to help cope with the pre-snowstorm purchasing blitz.