On the surface, Lake George looks like any other North Dakota lake, glistening in the summer sun. But beneath those placid waters may lie critical clues about the region's climate history. Known by locals as "Salt Lake," Lake George is considered to be the deepest natural lake in North Dakota.
Two churches with different theologies, structures and governing bodies are again working together to throw their annual party at which everyone is welcome -- the 3rd Street Fun Fest. The United Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church's celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will include games, bounce houses, prizes, face painting, a dunk tank, food and puppet shows. "We had so much fun we had to join together," said Jeanne Sortland of the Fun Fest Planning Committee. The event is on Third Street, between the Alfred Dickey Library and Jamestown Middle School.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- Visitors may not see a change after Thursday's donation of two-thirds of an acre of land to Medicine Wheel Park -- it was already landscaped with the blessings of donor AgCountry Farm Credit Services. "That slice of land faces the road," said Joe Stickler, who created the park and organizes the volunteers who maintain it. "If someone doesn't know about the park, they're going to see something (from the road)." Stickler began building Medicine Wheel Park in 1992 on land owned by Valley City State University.
The state will grow a new crop of leaders -- including six people from south central North Dakota -- in Rural Leadership North Dakota's fifth class. The North Dakota State University Extension Service chose 26 participants for its leadership development program, which will begin in December.
Every dollar raised by Saturday's Fun Run to Cure Lupus will go to the Lupus Foundation of America, and combating the chronic inflammatory auto-immune disease. "The cause is something different," said Felicia Sargeant, director of the National Buffalo Museum, which is sponsoring the Fun Run. "Once we got the word out there that we were doing it (we found) there's a lot of people in town who are affected by (lupus)." According to the Lupus Foundation of America, at least 1.5 million people in the U.S. have lupus, in which a person's own immune system attacks healthy tissue in the body.
The longtime partnership between Jamestown College and regional residents will be kick-started anew Thursday at the annual Community Block Party. "It's really turned into this wonderful community event," said Gary Van Zinderen, dean of students at the college. "Students really feel like they're part of the community, and also part of something special." Booths, games and festivities will be open to the community from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in downtown Jamestown.
The Buffalo City Rotisserie Grill is on schedule to reopen in October, following the completion of extensive remodeling and numerous improvements to the restaurant. Noise levels will be substantially reduced, the bar will be larger, more seating will be available and a "soft seating" area for nibbling hors d'oeuvres in front of a fireplace will be added. "You'll feel comfortable," said Sherry Heyer, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Jim.
Old-time tunes and American roots music will take center stage to benefit three causes at the Country & Bluegrass Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at Atonement Lutheran Church. "It's a wonderful way to move into the school year," said Beth Dewald, executive director of the Buffalo Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. "It's a nice time to sit back, listen to the music and tap your toes." Featured performers will be Spiritwood Creek Band, Buffalo Station and Smokehouse.
Local officials are still courting Delta in an attempt to get the company to continue serving Jamestown Regional Airport but are also discussing service with other companies. Delta flights will continue until a new carrier is found and an uninterrupted transition in service made, noted Jim Boyd, chairman of the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority. "We've been notified by Delta they intend to terminate service to Jamestown on the 13th of October," Boyd explained in a report to the airport authority Wednesday. "They're under contract with the U.S. Dept.
North Dakota was ranked 10th in a nationwide annual study of child well-being based on 10 indicators, but local officials cautioned state results did not necessarily reflect local trends. The Kids Count statistical collection is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and tracks child well-being based on indicators in education, employment, income, health and risk factors. The most favorable North Dakota statistic in the 2011 data was the 2 percent decrease -- from 15 percent to 13 percent -- in children living in poverty from 2000 to 2009.