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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Nearly at the end of its annual fundraising campaign, the Jamestown United Way has raised about 41 percent of its $185,000 goal. It doesn't sound like much, but it's actually about the same amount as they had last year at the same time, said Ben Shannon, president of the Jamestown United Way Board of Directors. Many of the larger businesses in town haven't sent in their employee donations yet, which will likely make up the difference. However, individual donations are still needed and appreciated. "If you want to donate to the community...
An 80-mile chase and a 35-minute standoff ended early Wednesday morning in the arrest of a man facing charges in another state. Jonathan Lee Oliver, 39. was wanted in Oregon for allegedly absconding from probation and failure to appear on fraud charges. "He did have a gun, but it was in a gun case. He never took it out, never brandished it," said Chad Kaiser, Stutsman County sheriff. The extradition process has already begun, and the FBI is involved due to the crossing of state lines, Kaiser said.
The Stutsman County Commission authorized the issuing of bonds for its portion of the permanent road repairs damaged by 2010 and 2009 flooding. The county could borrow up to $2.74 million for the projects. "This is like a construction loan. It's a drawdown loan so you can draw principal as you need it," said Jon M.
EDGELEY, N.D. -- Third-grade teacher Myla Buckeye's classroom in Edgeley Public School isn't a conventional classroom, and Buckeye -- winner of an Innovative Educator Challenge -- isn't a conventional teacher. "Teaching, you just get to be a kid yourself," Buckeye said. "It's pretty awesome." Her unconventional teaching tactics -- which have included standing on her head -- are reflected in her room. While it does contain 18 small desks, the room is also lit by soft lamps and decorated with homey knickknacks as well as children's schoolwork.
The Jamestown Public School Board designated 14 people for a committee that will create a strategic plan for improvements in the school's activity program. The Strategic Plan and Action Team will focus on turning the 100-plus page Athletic & Co-Curricular Activity Committee report produced by the Activities Committee Study Group into a coherent strategic plan. They will be led by facilitator Jim Boyd, and have been tasked to complete their objective in time for spring budget discussions in March. "That's a focus of this committee, to cover all the areas, and try to determine what's in the b
EDGELEY, N.D. -- Firefighters and other emergency rescue personnel learned about how to stay safe in the line of duty at the Courage to Be Safe program Saturday at the Edgeley Fire Hall. "Every year, traditionally, there's been 100 firefighter on-duty deaths, and thousands ... of preventable injuries," said Rick Graba, North Dakota advocate for the Courage to Be Safe program. Some of the deaths could not have been avoided, but the majority could have been averted. In 2005, a conference was called to try to determine the root causes of the problem.
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.