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Gov. Doug Burgum cited the ongoing dry conditions in much of North Dakota when he requested a presidential major disaster declaration for the state Tuesday.
The Jamestown Civic Center will host the Roughrider Rodeo Association finals Oct.
The Jamestown Police Department released the names of the two people found dead in a house in northeast Jamestown Sunday. Dead are Casey Gene Jensen, 33, and Cherish Renae Petersen, 26, according to Scott Edinger, chief of police. The identification of the two individuals did not include any information on the circumstances of the deaths.
The Jamestown Police Department is investigating the deaths of two adults found in a home in northeast Jamestown, according to Scott Edinger, chief of police. Edinger said the investigation is very early and would not identify the deceased individuals or confirm that foul play was suspected. Police were called to the home at 1906 4th St. NE at 5:49 p.m. Sunday by someone who had found the bodies. Officers removed a 3-month-old baby from the scene and placed the baby in protective custody, Edinger said.
Dry weather can help keep a construction project like the road between the Menards area and Jamestown Regional Medical Center on schedule, according to Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. “They haven’t lost any days to weather,” he said. “They knocked off a couple hours early one day because it was raining but haven’t lost a day on the project.” The project was bid in April and the contracts approved in May. Construction started later that month.
Three Canada geese fl y below the bridge to the island at Jamestown Reservoir. The geese, along with boaters and fi shermen, were taking advantage of nice weather at the lake Friday. Keith A. Norman / The Sun
An expansion of the acres covered by an emergency haying provision for the Conservation Reserve Program will help farmers cope with dry conditions, according to Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner. An additional 500,000 acres in North Dakota will be eligible for haying, Goehring said. That could feed about 140,000 of the 800,000 cattle that farmers and ranchers own in North Dakota.
Reports of some wheat fields yielding less than 20 bushels per acre and moisture totals for the year comparable to the drought year of 1988 have prompted Mark Watne, president of North Dakota Farmers Union, to request federal disaster payments for crop and livestock farmers. “There have been great efforts to get hay and forage into the hands of ranchers,” Watne said in a press release Thursday. “That won’t fix the financial disaster that is looming.”
Residents could see higher property tax bills this winter even if local governments don’t seek any additional funds, according to administrators for the city of Jamestown and Stutsman County. “The taxes are not going up,” said Jeff Fuchs, city administrator. “It’s what you (the local taxpayer) have to pay.”
The chief plumbing inspector for North Dakota reported what he referred to as "major concerns" during an inspection of the General Store in Frontier Village, while the operator of the business said the issues don't cause any problems. Brent Beechie, chief inspector for the North Dakota Plumbing Board, performed an inspection of the General Store on July 19. He found four violations, three of which involved the use of a garden hose and a line draining a sink to drain condensation from the product coolers in the store.