Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.
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Cricket Bear's kidney is slightly used, but it's been working just fine since it was put in on Feb. 7. Bear, who lives in Jamestown, got the kidney from his cousin, Jennifer Burgess of Fargo, after his own kidneys were damaged by diabetes. "Diabetes affects all your organs," Bear said. "Some people, it'll give them heart disease, or other people, it'll affect their eyes really bad. It just affects everything and everybody in a different way, who has it." In Bear's case, diabetes affected the blood vessels in his kidneys, and sent them into acute renal failure.
From wildlife management to cosmetology, law and serving in the U.S. Navy, Jamestown High School students learned at Career/Literacy Day Wednesday that many careers require good reading and writing skills. "I thought it was a good day, and a lot of the presenters are excited to have been here, and they like working with the kids," said Shelly Moltzen, chairperson of the JHS Literacy Committee. "And I think it's a good community-and-school connection." The Literacy Committee organized the event in cooperation with JHS guidance personnel.
"Ill-advised" and "reckless" were just two of the words a North Dakota Chamber of Commerce leader used to describe Measure 2 at a presentation Monday at the Gladstone Inn & Suites. "I don't think it's a good thing," said Andy Peterson, president of the North Dakota chamber. "I would urge you, at all costs, to vote against this measure." About 40 people attended the meeting, and a few spoke in favor of the measure, which would eliminate property taxes in North Dakota.
Everyone is invited to lighten up the Dark Ages by celebrating a medieval Mass and eating a medieval banquet at 5 p.m. March 31 at Grace Episcopal Church. "Our building looks medieval, and our church is ultimately based on a church from England (that) draws a lot of inspiration from the Middle Ages," said the Rev. Kevin Goodrich, Grace's pastor. "... and it's fun.
Jamestown Regional Airport's transition from Delta Air Lines to Great Lakes Aviation of Cheyenne, Wyo., caused at least one unforeseen consequence -- a sudden hike in ticket prices. The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority and JRA staff are working on getting fares back down to levels comparable with other airports. "As you know there's a fare incongruity between us and our main competitors, Fargo and Bismarck," said Matt Leitner, JRA manager, at the Airport Authority's meeting Wednesday. Leitner explained that airfare gets more expensive closest to the date of a flight, and that when Delta
With the bang of the starting pistol, a few runners loped down the hill to McElroy Park, followed by a crowd of hundreds, and then thousands of people celebrating the 34th annual Runnin O' the Green. "I'm quite positive it's the best turnout that we've ever had," said Larry Knoblich, founder of the run, which has participants stopping at nine pubs over a 3.1-mile route through Jamestown.
Plans for the $3.5 million redevelopment of the old Jamestown Hospital were unveiled Friday, showing its transformation into senior housing, a day care, a senior center and a wellness center. "I'll be intrigued to see it. I think it's going to be a model for what other communities are looking to do," said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., following Friday's open house celebrating the project.
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