Art projects aren't just for kids, and the new Arts After Work program aims to bring a little art, sophistication and fun together for adults. "You can come in, talk, have fun, have a glass of wine and make something simple," said Vreni Gust, artist in residence with the Jamestown Arts Center. The new Arts After Work program will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at Hansen Arts Studio. Gust will teach participants to make mosaic coasters and pots using chips of stained glass, plates and plaster of Paris. The projects could serve as good Christmas gifts, she said. The sessions will be at 5 p.m.
Overall winter weather forecasts for the Jamestown area are still up in the air, but meteorologists said snow is probably on the way Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. "The last several winters, we've really gotten used to there being so much snow, and we forget that it's not unusual to go into December and not have any snow," said John Wheeler, meteorologist with WDAY.
A series of small-town burglaries in Medina and Woodworth has the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office warning businesses to lock their doors and bring cash home at the end of the day. "There's been a rash of very similar burglaries in other counties," said Sgt. Jason Falk. "(The burglars) are very busy and we need to catch them, because it's (happening) like every weekend now." The burglaries and attempted burglaries likely occurred between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m.
Landowners be warned: property taxes for agricultural land are likely to increase sharply next year, payable in 2013. "We've been telling people when that certification comes out in December, we're looking at a 20 percent increase," said Noel Johnson, former Stutsman County chief operating officer. The jump in taxes will occur both because of the way taxes are calculated using 10-year averages and because of the Legislature's determination of a number in the tax formula. Individual landowners' taxes may also shift up or down based on a new inventory of soil types, which are used to determin
Black Friday marked the opening of the Christmas shopping season, leaving local retailers satisfied and some shoppers exhausted. "I've never seen all the stores so busy, to be honest," said Elizabeth Martin, 12, of Jamestown, who was at the Buffalo Mall Friday afternoon. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the day when retailers go from being "in the red" to being "in the black." Traffic at the mall was still going strong in the late afternoon Friday, but many shoppers seemed subdued and a little tired. Some had been up since before the 5 a.m.
A conspiracy is afoot at Grace Episcopal Church in Jamestown this holiday season, but it's not about ruling the world. Instead, the Advent Conspiracy is all about taking back Christmas by spending less, giving more, worshiping fully and loving all people. "I hope they can get folks to get back to the meaning of Advent and Christmas... and kind of remember what the whole season is about," said the Rev. Kevin Goodrich, pastor at Grace. The Advent Conspiracy is a national grassroots movement involving more than 1,000 churches in 17 countries.
The day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas season will begin in Jamestown with the Holiday Dazzle on Main Parade. The parade starts at 7 p.m. Friday in McElroy Park, and proceeds up First Avenue. Viewers should stay south of the railroad tracks. "It's a great community event. We always have a large turnout of spectators," said Corey Bayer, president of the Main Street Downtown Association. "It's always fun to get everybody together.
Six hundred rolls. Eight massive cans of cranberries and 24 cans of corn. Kettle after kettle of mashed potatoes. Twenty-eight 18-pound turkeys, stuffed with dressing. About a hundred volunteers will cook a free Thanksgiving dinner for an anticipated crowd of 600 at the annual Jamestown Community Thanksgiving Dinner this year, set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown. "I've never been in that situation, but can you imagine being in a place where you don't have family?
After six weeks of shots and chemical baths, Lady Bird has recovered from a severe case of mange and she is ready to be adopted. The slim, long-bodied dachshund has regrown her glossy brown coat since Prairie Paws Rescue saved her from a hoarder in early October. Now Lady Bird runs and plays like other dogs.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. -- After 124 years, the United Methodist Church here will close its doors for the last time after its final worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. "It was a very difficult decision to make. It's hard to say the word 'close' -- it's almost like saying the word 'cancer.' You don't like to think that can happen," said Judy Belquist of New Rockford, treasurer and longtime member of United Methodist. The church's deconsecration and disbanding marks the end of an era for its members, many of whom were baptized and married in the sturdy brick building on Central Avenue.