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Shawn Herrick is planning on creating a worldwide marketplace headquartered right here in Jamestown. Herrick is principal owner of Prairie Grit, which launched its online presence recently. "What it is is an online marketplace," he said, defining the operation. "A place to buy and sell goods, much like eBay or Etsy." Sellers consign goods to eBay and buyers can make bids through an online auction process or purchase the item immediately. Etsy offers similar services but focuses on art items and handmade crafts.
A new form of charitable gaming could receive final approval later this summer, although gaming operators in Jamestown question whether it might be feasible for their operations. “It all depends on the rules and regulations,” said Dennis Rexin, manager of the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jamestown which operates 16 gaming sites in the region.
The use of new garbage containers in the city of Jamestown may be reducing the volume of lawn clippings and yard waste going into the landfill, saving the city money, said Roger Mayhew, sanitation foreman for the city of Jamestown. "The city was losing tens of thousands of dollars every year because of the amount of space it (lawn clippings) took up in the landfill," he said.
Making a left turn from Interstate 94 onto U.S. Highway 281 at exit 258 will get a little easier this summer, according to Nathan Holland, assistant district engineer for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Holland said bids will be opened later this week for a project to add traffic signals at the north and south end of the overpass. The signals will be synchronized with the existing traffic signals at 17th Street Southwest and 25th Street Southwest.
The city of Jamestown could learn in June if a grant application for a project to reduce the number of traffic lanes through the downtown is approved, according to Travis Dillman, project engineer for Jamestown with Interstate Engineering. The $3.1 million project includes upgrades to traffic signals and some aesthetic enhancements downtown. It also includes a reduction in traffic lanes on First Avenue. Referred to as a "lane diet" or "road diet," it would reduce the current four lanes to three with one lane in each direction and a center turning lane, he said.
People renewing a driver's license later this month can opt for a "REAL ID" that meets new federal guidelines, according to Glenn Jackson, director of the driver's license division of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. "As of Oct. 1, 2020, if you don't have a REAL ID credential you will not be able to board a domestic flight or enter a military or federal installation," he said.
The first month of the residential recycling program in Jamestown has exceeded expectations, according to Ralph Friebel, owner of the Recycling Center of North Dakota. "It's going really well," he said. "We've had good participation, clean material and we're receiving fewer and fewer calls everyday." Residential collections of recyclable materials started in Jamestown on April 2 after several delays pushed implementation back from the original July 1, 2017, start.
EDGELEY, N.D.—Three cities in south central North Dakota received a windfall of $125,000 each Tuesday from NextEra Energy Resources. The payments were made to Edgeley, Kulm and Ellendale. The communities are located near the Foxtail Wind Farm that NextEra developed and recently sold to Xcel Energy. Construction is planned to begin on the Foxtail Wind project later this month. The project includes 75 turbines with a capacity of 150 megawatts. Preliminary cost estimates for the project are about $276 million with a planned project completion by the end of 2019.
A project that has been in the works for over a year to clear fallen trees and other debris from the James River could be completed this summer, according to Travis Dillman, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. Dillman said the project is still in the design stage, but the intent was to have the work done during the late summer or fall. Trees, snags and other debris in the river slow the flow of water and can contribute to flooding in a year where potential flooding requires high releases from Jamestown and Pipestem dams, Dillman said.
The transition from winter to spring has come in an "orderly" fashion, according to Allen Schlag, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. "It has been orderly and beneficial to ag users," he said. "We know there was a lot of snow up north that is not showing up in the streams. It could evaporate or soak into the ground. I think a lot soaked into the ground and should benefit soil moisture for the upcoming growing season."