The 2011 Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award will go to a couple that spends hundreds of hours a year helping people, not because they feel they should, but because they love it. Longtime Jamestown residents Don and Joyce Bentz have dedicated their lives to serving others, with a special focus on children that led them to become foster parents for 70 children in 17 years and help organize recent drives for Kids Against Hunger. "If you want something to do that will make you feel good, you should be involved, do some volunteer work," Don said. "I feel that's what we were put on this earth
No one at the first meeting of the newly-formed Stutsman County/Township Roads Taskforce Monday disputed the fact that rural roads within the county need help. In the past, the condition of the roads -- and who should pay to fix them -- has been a controversial issue. "I hope we're not going to get into fisticuffs tonight, because we're all here to learn," said Pam Phillips, chairman of the Local and Regional Issues Committee for the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce. "...
Pirates will once again take over Stutsman Harley-Davidson Saturday, raising money for the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Hospice Foundation in the Polar Pig Splash. Participants in the Polar Pig Splash walk the plank for hospice. Starting at noon, they will jump into an 800-gallon tank of water during one of the coldest months of the year. "We raised about $12,000 last year," said Don Wegner, activities director for the Harley Owners Group of Jamestown. "...
Sleet, snow and freezing rain may be on the way for Stutsman and surrounding counties late Saturday and early Sunday morning. "The winter storm watch has been issued, not because anybody should panic, but because we need to watch the situation," advised John Wheeler, chief meteorologist with WDAY. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for snow, sleet and freezing rain starting at midnight today and ending at 6 p.m.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority got two new members, a new vice chairman and a new treasurer Wednesday. "I've been in Jamestown my whole life, until about nine years ago, I moved to southern California," said Jeff Wilhelm, one of the new members, who had been involved with the airport and the City Council previously.
Counselors have had a presence in schools for a long time, but their roles -- and their students' needs -- have changed. "Our district and our state has been very supportive of counseling," said Donette Rasmussen, a counselor at Jamestown Middle School and the counseling department chair for Jamestown Public Schools.
Local health professionals and stakeholders are working on a road map to health for the people of Stutsman and Logan counties, identifying public health goals, objectives and priorities. "Hopefully, as a community we can meet the ...
Local walkers will have the unique opportunity to help grant children's wishes while they walk at the upcoming Indoor 5K Walk for Wishes 2012, a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota. Three or four children from the Jamestown area who face life-threatening illnesses are granted wishes through the foundation every year, referred to the program by a doctor. "This program is near and dear to my heart.
Central Baptist Church, a new congregation in Jamestown, will open its sanctuary doors for the first time with a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 124 Third Ave. SE. "People, if they come here, they should expect that we're going to focus on the teachings and preachings of the Lord Jesus Christ from the Bible," said the Rev. Dan Jeske. "That will be our central focus." The church is an independent fundamental Baptist church and is not affiliated with any external governing body.
About a thousand dead or flood-damaged trees need to be removed along the banks of the James River within Jamestown city limits, primarily for safety and environmental reasons, an official says. "The earliest we would actually see this start is July," said Reed Schwartzkopf, city engineer, though it will likely be later. The city's plan to remove the impacted trees will likely take three to four years to implement. An estimated 5,000 trees of a 6-inch or more diameter line the James from the Jamestown Reservoir in the north to the southernmost city limits. Only about 15 to 20 percent of th