A letter of intent from North Dakota Soybean Processors to the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. paves the way for the project to move to the next step. Scott Austin, general manager for Minnesota Soybean Processors, was in Jamestown Wednesday to sign the letter of intent.
The term “black gold” has come to mean oil. Jed Clampett struck it, or Texas tea if the song is to be believed, before he moved to Beverly Hills. In modern day North Dakota, it would be closely associated with the crude oil pumped from the Bakken formation even if the prices have dropped to less than precious metal levels. The term was used in a full page of stories and ads promoting settlement in the James River Valley that ran in an October 1904 edition of The Minneapolis Journal. The stories talked about the rich soil of Stutsman County as black gold for farmers.
A former detective with the Jamestown Police Department said he has told the truth about an incident that led to his termination and wants to be reinstated to his position with the department. “... The most rotten investigation I’ve ever seen,” Thomas Nagel told the Jamestown Civil Service Committee during a hearing Wednesday, referring to an internal investigation that found him guilty of 19 violations of JPD policy. “It was a joke, an embarrassment to say that was an investigation.”
A separate stormwater utility fee could be coming for Jamestown residents in the future. Shawn Gaddie, financial group manager for AE2S NEXUS, a consulting firm, said the city is currently paying about $433,000 a year in expenses for stormwater maintenance during a presentation to the Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee Tuesday.
Jamestown retail sales activity jumped by 19.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. “Retail has been our shining star,” said Connie Ova, CEO of the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. “The new stores and the quality of the existing businesses contribute to that.” This helped Jamestown and Stutsman County beat the statewide decline in sales and use tax collections for the quarter.
Jamestown Police Department officers have notified at least three property owners in Jamestown that they may be in violation of the city’s ordinance regarding the storage of junk. Maj. John Johnson, JPD assistant chief of police, furnished information about the notifications during the Jamestown Public Works Committee meeting Thursday. The notifications followed a letter from the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce’s City Beautification Committee that the properties might be considered “unsightly, blighted or (have) dangerous living conditions.”
The Jamestown Public Works Committee will hold a special meeting to hear a presentation on recycling that City Administrator Jeff Fuchs will schedule within two weeks. The presentation was on the agenda for the committee’s Wednesday meeting but was removed because Brent Erickson, engineer with HDR Engineering, was ill.
EDGELEY, N.D. — About 150 people gathered here Tuesday to hear options regarding the Agriculture Risk Coverage - County program payments, which were denied to farmers in LaMoure and Logan...
Jamestown residents will learn this month if the city’s mill rates will remain steady or increase next year, according to Mayor Katie Andersen. “I would like to see the mill levy stay the same or be reduced,” Andersen said. “I have to have some reality. We have requests from department heads that may push the levy up.” Jamestown currently levies 113.7 mills, which include the city’s general fund, animal shelter, library and airport.
BORDULAC, N.D. — Wind gusts of 85 to 90 mph caused damage to buildings and trees in the Bordulac area Monday night, according to a damage survey by the National Weather Service and the Foster County Department of Emergency Management. No one was injured in the storm. “The NWS believes it was just straight line winds of 85 to 90 mph,” said Teresa Risovi, emergency manager for Foster County.