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.
A response to the two bids on Essential Air Service to Jamestown Regional Airport has been drafted, calling Great Lakes Aviation's proposal "vastly preferable" to that of Sovereign Air. However, the letter -- presented at Wednesday's meeting of the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority -- does ask some questions about the Great Lakes bid for Jamestown's EAS contract. EAS uses federal funds to subsidize commercial flights to small communities. "Much has changed since Great Lakes Aviation served our community ...
In a neck-and-neck race, three area companies competed to gather the most items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Jamestown. Together, Cavendish Farms and Goodrich Cargo Systems, both of Jamestown, and Cargill Malt, of Spiritwood, gathered 2,811 pounds of food and necessities. "If people would do challenges throughout the year... our food pantry would stay full," said Lt.
Four Jamestown congregations will unite for a Thanksgiving Eve service, praising God and offering songs of thanksgiving as a group for the fifth year in a row. The community Thanksgiving worship service will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church. It will be Trinity's second time hosting the service, which rotates between the four Jamestown Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations -- Atonement Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, St.