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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The old Jamestown Hospital building was added to a list of potential locations for a new library facility at Wednesday's meeting of the James River Valley Library System Library Board. "What we do today would not change," said Gary Riffe, library board member. "We would just rent space" from Lutheran Social Services, the owner of the old hospital building. The hospital building is being repurposed for about 54 apartments, some of which will be subsidized as affordable housing.
A third person will receive an official apology from the Jamestown city engineer's office regarding over-trimmed trees, after airing a complaint at the Jamestown City Council meeting Monday. "This is the third time in 14 years they've over-trimmed and butchered my trees," said Marvin Erickson, who lives on Second Avenue Southwest. While several property owners complained about city crews' aggressive tree-trimming at a Jan. 26 Jamestown Public Works Committee meeting, only two people placed their names on a list for residents wanting written apologies from the city.
General aviation will be one of four major areas of focus for the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority in the next four years, the group decided at a strategic planning meeting Saturday at City Hall. "There's a huge market in planes passing through that we're not getting because we don't have anything to offer them," said Keith Veil, Airport Authority member. The consensus of those at the meeting was that more effort needed to be made to encourage general aviation, such as recreational flying by private pilots, and improve facilities for it.
Friends and family of Greg Winson, who was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma in August, will host a spaghetti supper and silent auction benefit from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Knights of Columbus. "Of course, when we first found out it was kind of a struggle, but everyone has been a pretty good backbone for my dad to lean on," said Brooke Winson, Greg's daughter. There's little question that Greg could use the support, back or otherwise, from his hometown community of Jamestown. The tumor doctors found nestled around his spine was already five or six inches long when they found it.
The community is invited to help fight hunger by enjoying Souper Bowl events before the Super Bowl at St. John's Lutheran Church or Immanuel Lutheran Church. St. John's will be serving up three soups and accepting monetary and canned donations for local food shelves at its Souper Bowl from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday. At Immanuel's Souper Bowl of Caring, people can drop off cans of soup or other non-perishable food items and monetary contributions between approximately 9 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. "I just hope it brings about an awareness in the community that while we're celebrating ...
The Jamestown Public Schools Music Boosters will serve up "Music to Warm the Heart" and a meal including parmesan-encrusted chicken at its fifth annual fundraising dinner Feb. 12. "We've pulled out all the stops and we're trying to raise money for these kids," said Lisa Barnick, a Music Boosters board member. About 120 people are expected to attend the annual event, which serves as the major fundraiser for the Music Boosters. "The money that the Music Boosters raise is for needs of the music department that are outside its budget," said Theresa McMillan, the group's president.
After considering renovating and adding to Alfred Dickey Library, the James River Valley Library System Board of Directors decided to continue pursuing the Essentia site for building a new library. "By the consensus of the committee, those other sites were ruled out," said Dale Marks, president of the board. "Whether we can swing this option with Essentia or not, time will tell.
Four representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development visited Jamestown Monday to gather information from local leaders about their view of North Dakota's future. The North Dakota 2.0 initiative meeting was one of 12 scheduled around the state, including one at 10 a.m. today at the Angry Beaver Lodge in Oakes. The public is invited to attend. "The plan is ...
"Sex Smarts," a sexual abstinence rally for middle school and high school students, will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jamestown High School. "We know that teens are inundated with sexual messages everywhere they turn -- it's in the music, the media, computer -- and so they're constantly receiving a counterproductive message to staying abstinent," said Troy Gunderson, executive director of James Valley Youth for Christ. Youth for Christ and the Jamestown Youth Ministries have had the rally annually since 1998.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has officially selected Great Lakes Aviation, of Cheyenne, Wyo., to provide air service to Jamestown Regional Airport, starting in mid-March. "We're pleased that we finally got this going.