Kari Lucin joined the Jamestown Sun as a staff writer in July 2011.
Previously, she worked for about six years at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn., as an online content coordinator and staff writer. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English.
At the Jamestown Sun, Kari is a general assignment reporter, but most typically covers the Stutsman County Commission and the James River Valley Library System.
Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing!
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With a clamor of cheerful, wheezy beeps, the Midwest Nickel Era Car Tour rolled around Jamestown Monday, with tourists driving 13 cars built between 1912 and 1931. The "Nickel Era," generally considered to last from the late 1910s into the early '30s, received its name because most of the "chrome" on the cars was actually nickel. The Nickel Era tours are fun for the people who participate, but also help educate the public about the historical value of automobiles. "I collect cars. This is a special model.
Four North Dakota National Guard soldiers from Jamestown's 817th Engineer Company (Sapper) took top honors last weekend at the Adjutant General's Combat Marksmanship Match. "Usually we'd practice about two weekends before we'd go to the state competition, but with flood duty, we never got time," said Spc. Levi Harrington of Jamestown, who said he was somewhat surprised by how well his team did. "This year there was a lot more -- (and) better -- competition." The 817th fielded two teams at the state marksmanship contest. All the men on Team A -- Spc. Evan Messer of Fargo, Staff Sgt.
It's unknown who left the oily mess among the plants near the James River, but their carelessness could have had serious consequences. The motor-oil-soaked garbage had been illegally dumped on the ground 30 feet from the water, where Jim Collins found it in July, less than a quarter of a mile from a proper disposal site.
Despite storms and excess water, work on Business Loop East should be completed by Nov. 5, just five days later than the original Oct. 31 deadline. All businesses remain accessible, as traffic has been rerouted through the street's frontage road. "(The businesses are) open for business," said Steve Windish, associated vice president of Ulteig Engineers of Bismarck and Fargo. "There's no reason not to come out here." Ulteig is administrating construction of the $5.3 million project, which it also designed.
A moment of weakness that forced Wayne Fylling to crawl from his yard into his home turned out to be brain cancer. Fylling was the Jamestown Rural Fire Department's chief at the time. Now Fylling's firefighting and National Guard colleagues are helping him fight the costs of cancer with a benefit slated for 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the All Vets Club. "Somebody's always in need, and (the benefit) is a way to reach out and help somebody," said Dave Klatt, JRFD firefighter.
Late at night, an exhausted, desperate parent stares at the ceiling, unable to sleep, unable to stop thinking about how desperate the financial situation has become. Who could possibly help at 3 a.m.? Resources, referral information and sympathetic ears are available 24 hours a day through FirstLink 211. "211 is a great way to get connected and get answered," said Cindy Miller, executive director of FirstLink.
After a chilly, damp spring and a long blast of oppressive heat, area gardeners are seeing massive gains in some vegetables and near-stasis in others. "It was so cold and just miserable that nothing really wanted to grow.
It may look the same from the outside, but the North Dakota Farmers Union building is brand new on the inside, complete with a spacious employee lounge, modern offices and an amphitheatre. "This building was totally gutted. Everything inside was taken out," said Robert Carlson, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union. Only the floor, roof and walls of the 41,000 square foot, 1976 building remained, and even the floors and walls have been repainted and recovered.
As staff and patients prepare for the final stages of the move to their new facility, the Jamestown Regional Medical Center hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate. "This has taken a number of years of concerted effort by the board of directors, by the staff at the hospital, the congressional delegation (who) gave us great support, and it's wonderful to see it come to fruition," said Bill Kennedy, JRMC's marketing director. About 30 people and 100 yards of ribbon were involved in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting and all of the people received a pair of special commemorative scissor
Montpelier will celebrate its 125th anniversary this weekend by spitting cherry pits, hopping hay bales and hosting a parade, car show, tractor pull, rodeo and street dance. "It only happens every 125 years," said Shawn Ratts, who organized the "Redneck Olympics" with his wife, Sarah Ratts. In the Montpelier games, participants will compete in cherry pit-spitting, gunny sack races, hubcap hurling and blindfolded wheelbarrow races.