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An integrated marketing and communication plan designed to bring new workers to Jamestown will move forward after action by the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors. Corry Shevlin, business development director for the JSDC, told the board Monday that collaboration would be the key to making the project work. "We're not leading the charge," he said. "But we have a place in it."
Sometime later this month, people who haul their own material to the Recycling Center will take it to a new location, according to Ralph Friebel, owner of The Recycling Center of North Dakota. Work is ongoing to install an elevated conveyor system for sorting and baling the recyclable materials at the former Coca Cola building at 1016 10th St. SE. When completed, the equipment will be able to handle between 6 and 7 tons of recycling per hour.
Dealing with the federal debt is one of the looming issues facing the country, according to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. "Debt, deficit and fiscal policy will become the major issues in the near future," she told the Editorial Board of The Jamestown Sun Thursday. Heitkamp is in a closely contested race for re-election against Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. The deficit, the amount of red ink in the current budget, is about $1 trillion, she said. The debt, the total amount owed by the federal government accumulated from past deficits, is approaching $21 trillion.
NEAR MERRICOURT, N.D.—Dickey County resident Lorraine Pahl said the new wind farm under construction in the area will mean good things for her family and the area. The groundbreaking for the Foxtail Wind Farm Thursday was about 1 mile from land that has been in her family since it was homesteaded more than a century ago. "This is a positive for the community and one way to keep land in the family," she said, "and the road they'll build up will make it easier to get to the land in the wet years."
COURTENAY, N.D.— The winds are blowing some good things to the community of Courtenay, according to Darold Soupir, an area farmer. "Look at it," he said. "There are about 40 people in the community but there is a lot going on." The most visible thing happening is the construction of the new community hall. The project has an estimated cost of about $230,000, not including volunteer labor, and was made possible with community funds provided by Geronimo Energy, the developer of the Courtenay Wind Farm project.
A change in federal law allowing cabin owners at Jamestown Reservoir to own the land under their cabins could be complete yet this summer, according to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. Hoeven told a group of cabin owners and the Stutsman County Park Board that the process of crafting a law began in April 2017 that would allow the transfer of land from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Stutsman County Park District for ultimate transfer to the cabin owners. "The good news is I think we're getting it done," Hoeven said. "My goal is to have the bill done by Labor Day."
Taxpayers can look for a small decrease in the county portion of their property taxes for the upcoming year. The Stutsman County Commission approved a preliminary budget Tuesday that included a 0.83-mill decrease. That amounts to a savings of $3.74 for every $100,000 in residential value on next year's taxes. The preliminary budget includes a 2 percent cost-of-living raise and a 2 percent step raise for those who are eligible.
The Jamestown City Council approved a preliminary budget for 2019 that includes a 24-mill increase in property taxes. "This is just the preliminary budget," Mayor Dwaine Heinrich told the City Council Monday. "Obviously there will have to be a lot of massaging before it is finalized in October."
The Stutsman County state's attorney's office moved to dismiss drug charges against two people Friday at the request of the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office, according to court documents. "After reviewing the case and going over it with the state's attorney we found some issues with the case," said Chad Kaiser, Stutsman County sheriff. "We felt it was best to dismiss the case."
A New Rockford man was found guilty on two counts of attempted murder this week in a trial held at Valley City. A 12-person jury found Alexander Lail, who is age 48 or 49, guilty of the attempted murder of his wife and another individual between March 10, 2017, and April 25, 2017. The criminal complaint alleged he had attempted to arrange to have someone kill the two people and burn their homes because they had provided information to law enforcement officers regarding the defendant's criminal activities.