Christmas cheer took over the Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center Sunday as children and law enforcement officials wrapped presents together as part of the Cops and Kids charity program. "It's just nice to see the smiles on the kids' faces.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple flew into the Jamestown Regional Airport Friday for a ceremony celebrating the opening of the JRA's new terminal. "What a beautiful facility. The colors are great, that ceiling is, you know, something to comment on," Dalrymple said.
STREETER, N.D. -- Hope United Church of Christ had its final service Sunday, recalling its history and looking forward to the future as the congregation celebrated Advent. The discussions about closing the church began about three years ago, due to diminishing membership, attendance and finances. "Over the last five years, if not longer, we've seen a general decline in all three categories," said Bryan Spitzer, president of Hope's church council. Hope was founded in 1911.
MEDINA, N.D. --After four years of fundraising efforts, the Medina Fire Department purchased a fire truck -- and became registered as a heavy rescue team. The 1995 International 4900 came with a DT466 diesel engine, and had only 20,000 miles on it from its previous owners in Maryland.
A Jamestown College student is one of only 10 Girl Scouts nationwide to be named a National Young Woman of Distinction this year. "I was definitely surprised," said Annika Vernon, 18, of Hazen, N.D. "I was very excited. At the same time, I just wanted to get off the phone and tell my mom what happened." Vernon, the daughter of Tammie and Kent Hazen, has been a Girl Scout for 11 1/2 years. She's had her eye on the National Young Woman of Distinction designation since 2008, when she attended a national Girl Scout convention.
Devils Lake's daily commercial flights to and from Minneapolis are officially canceled, but may resume as early as Saturday. Since Dec. 1, only four Delta Air Lines flights have flown out of Devils Lake, due to the airport's short runway that does not allow takeoffs under windy conditions. "Delta's been flying in here all along. Why didn't they know (the runway was too short), I have no idea. We've asked the question and asked the question," said John Nord, airport manager at Devils Lake Regional Airport. "They said they only found out on Nov.
Twelve sites in Stutsman County where roads were raised to compensate for high water in 2009 and 2010 will be permanently fixed in an $18 million series of projects starting in 2012. Ten of the 12 roads are paved, and seven sites are located on Stutsman County Road 67. "It's a closed-basin area. There's nowhere for the water to go," said Stutsman County Commissioner Dave Schwartz. "It's never flooded before --well yes, it has, but not like this." In some cases, the water overtopped the road by five feet.
Two flights from Jamestown Regional Airport were cancelled Sunday and another Monday when weather conditions demanded a de-icer for jets. The airport has a type I de-icer already, but required a type IV de-icer for the CRJ-200 jets which started flying out of Jamestown Nov. 30 -- when Delta Air Lines officially retired its fleet of Saab propeller planes. "This was a minor hiccup for us. We certainly have the infrastructure to accommodate the airplane," said Matt Leitner, JRA airport manager. A type IV de-icer arrived in Jamestown just before 5 p.m.
The Stutsman County Commission voted 4-1 to move forward with the creation of the Spiritwood Energy Park Association rail loop project during its Tuesday meeting. "This is a tremendous opportunity... there are communities that would kill to have the opportunity we're discussing today," said Mark Klose, commissioner. The legal agreements still have to be completed, and some details still need to be clearly determined, but the board agreed to move ahead with the process of combining 100 acres of land belonging to the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp.
A new translation of the Mass for English-speaking congregations has Catholics in Jamestown focusing on getting the words right -- and smiling ruefully at occasional missteps. "At the present time, people are paying attention not so much to the translation itself, but rather, trying to get their responses correct," said the Rev. Al Bitz, pastor of St. James Basilica. The text of the original Latin Mass has not changed, but its translation into English has -- and for the first time since the late 1960s. In many cases, the changes make the language more precise.