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Two Democratic challengers face two Republican incumbents for two seats on the North Dakota Public Service Commission in November. Brian Kroshus was appointed to the PSC in 2017 after Brian Kalk resigned from the commission. As an appointed member, he must run in the next general election cycle. Kroshus is challenged by Casey Buchmann. In the second PSC race, Republican incumbent Randy Christmann is being challenged by Democrat Jeannie Brandt. Buchmann, a Democrat, returned to North Dakota in 2007 after working in Missouri for several years.
The Spiritwood Energy Park Association Board of Directors declined to authorize a transfer of land owned by the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. to SEPA ownership in exchange for the development corporation increasing its current ownership stake of 75 percent in the SEPA industrial park. SEPA is a partnership of Great River Energy and the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. that operates the rail loop used by Dakota Spirit AgEnergy. SEPA is continuing to attempt to locate other businesses in the SEPA business park.
Topics getting the most attention in the current Senate race between Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., are those that make people mad, according to Cramer. Cramer is challenging Heitkamp for the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 6 general election. "Certainly the soybean issue is a loud one," Cramer told The Jamestown Sun editorial board Thursday. "It wasn't anticipated a year ago." Cramer said there have been victories on the topic of trade and tariffs.
Two people were sentenced recently on felony charges in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Eric Lee Odegard, 25, 820 3rd Ave. SE, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and criminal trespass, Class C felonies, criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.
Recyclers have a new location to drop off materials that aren't collected by the residential recycling program, according to Ralph Friebel, owner of Recycling Center of North Dakota. After nine and a half years at its old location, the recycling center has moved to 1016 10th St. SE, the former Coca-Cola bottling plant in Jamestown. Hours for dropping off recycling remain from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. People dropping off materials should stop at the walk-in door on the east side of the building.
A Minnesota man charged with trespassing and criminal mischief in a weekend incident was released from custody on his own recognizance. Chase Michael Urie, 20, Proctor, Minn., was charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief, Class C felonies, in Southeast District Court in Jamestown Monday. He is accused of entering a dwelling without permission and intentionally damaging doors causing damage of more than $2,000. He is also charged with minor in consumption of alcohol in Jamestown Municipal Court.
The lower than normal temperatures for the past few weeks aren't a figment of people's imagination, according to Scott Hamilton, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Bismarck. "It's been a cold spell," he said. "During the last half of September almost every single day was below normal and that will continue through almost the entire first half of October." Normal highs should have been in the low 60-degree range in late September and the upper 50s for early October.
A request to provide a Flex Pace interest buy down loan for renovations at the Gardenette apartments was tabled by the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors Monday, citing concerns the loan may set a precedent for other apartment complexes to apply. Connie Ova, CEO of the JSDC, told the board that the JSDC had never approved a Flex Pace loan for apartment building renovations but said it was not against program regulations and other counties did make Flex Pace loans for that purpose.
The fall's wet weather is slowing work on the infrastructure of the new industrial park located adjacent to the Jamestown Regional Airport, according to Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. "They are working through Saturday," he said, during an interview Friday. "Two crews in sloppy working conditions. It's slow but they are getting there." Corry Shevlin, business development manager for the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. which is developing the project, said the work is about 26 percent complete.
Area health and school officials are working with parents concerning vaccinations for children attending school but have not excluded any from the classroom, according to Rob Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public School. Robin Iszler, administrator of the Central Valley Health District, said no students had been excluded from any of the rural schools in Stutsman and Logan counties, which Central Valley Health serves.