Keith Norman / Jamestown Sun
The Jamestown area is in for a one-two punch of winter weather, according to Adam Jones a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. A low pressure system moving out of the Colorado area of the Rocky Mountains brought snow and wind. Cold arctic air is following to bring together a mix of snow, blowing snow and frigid wind chills for much of North Dakota for Thursday.
The 2018 election cycle includes races at every level of government in North Dakota. Candidates for office could begin gathering petition signatures on Jan. 1 and must file petitions no later than 4 p.m. April 9. The primary election, along with the city elections and school district elections, will be on June 12. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6. National
The new year will bring a new diet to Jamestown. Travis Dillman, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, said the city will hold public meetings to discuss a “road diet” that may lead to the city shedding an unwanted driving lane in the downtown area. “We’re trying to define the scope of what we’re looking at,” he said. “But the discussion is narrowing Main (First Avenue) from four lanes to three.”
Electric vehicle drivers now have two locations in Jamestown to charge up their rides, according to Bob Sitzmann, energy management representative for Otter Tail Power Co. “We wanted to be proactive with car chargers,” he said. “For the first two (chargers) we thought of the (National) Buffalo Museum and the University of Jamestown.”
Viewing fireworks can now be added to the list of things to do on Christmas here in Jamestown. “We wanted to put the show on to celebrate Christmas,” said Mike Gee, one of the event organizers. “We wanted to give people something to enjoy.” The fireworks display is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Christmas Day in the parking lot between the Hillcrest Softball and Soccer complexes.
The city of Jamestown could be starting over in its search for a new city administrator. The City Council voted to rescind an offer of employment and cease negotiations with Chris Schilken for the position during a special meeting Monday. Schilken currently works as a loan manager for Prairie Federal Credit Union in Minot. He had been selected for the post at a Nov. 21 special City Council meeting after interviewing for the position on Nov. 20.
ELLENDALE, N.D. -- Officials with NextEra Energy told the North Dakota Public Service Commission at a public hearing here Monday that the Foxtail Wind Energy Center is designed to avoid direct impact on areas of archeological, tribal and historical significance. The Foxtail Wind Energy Center is a wind farm made up of about 20,000 acres in western Dickey County located south of Merricourt and north of Forbes. The project will use 75 turbines capable of generating 150 megawatts of electricity.
People headed to Jamestown Regional Medical Center might be traveling on a new road by the end of this month, according to Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. Work is wrapping up on the road to connect the Menards area with JRMC just ahead of the construction deadline. “We could make it right on the Oct. 31 deadline,” Aldinger said.
Two medical facilities in Jamestown offer 3D mammography which uses computer technology to improve the accuracy of the testing. “The primary advantage is better image quality,” said Jason Schaffer, radiology manager at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. “That means earlier detection of earlier stages of cancer.”
Polly Peterson will take over the reins of the University of Jamestown as president when Robert Badal retires at the end of February. The announcement was made by Jim Unruh, chairman of the university’s board of trustees, during a press conference Friday at the dedication of Harold Newman Arena. “It was an easy decision,” he said. “Polly has an unusual combination of backgrounds that have helped us to this point.”