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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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.
The Stutsman County Roads Task Force learned how roads deteriorate and about some of the ways to pay for them at the group's second meeting Monday. "We've tried very hard to keep up with these roads. ... with the disasters that we've had in the last two years, the road department has been reactionary," said Dale Marks, Stutsman County commissioner.
The first of two consecutive snowstorms dumped more than 6 inches of snow on Jamestown over the weekend, causing numerous accidents Sunday throughout the region. A blizzard watch has already been issued for the second storm, which could produce 10 inches of snow or more, along with winds of 30 miles an hour. "We'll probably look to be seeing conditions deteriorating Tuesday afternoon, and then potential for blizzard conditions late Tuesday afternoon and all the way at least through Wednesday morning, and maybe into the afternoon as well," said Patrick Ayd, a meteorologist with the National W
The storm hovering over the Jamestown area is expected to continue through Sunday evening, but will likely wind down around 9 p.m., a meteorologist from the National Weather Service said. "(Jamestown) probably may pick up at most, maybe another inch or so," said meteorologist Patrick Ayd. "... it'll be breezy through the evening and close to midnight, we'll really see the winds drop off." Some flurries are expected after midnight. Temperatures will likely reach a low of 4 below zero, with wind chills of 10 to 15 below overnight, Ayd said. As of 4 p.m.