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For many years, organizers aren’t sure how many, the Winter Ag & Construction Expo at the Jamestown Civic Center has been a two-day event during the middle of the week, according to Lynn Lambrecht, sales manager for i3G Media, formerly Ingstad Family Media. The expo opens at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Jamestown Civic Center. “It is now a Friday and Saturday event,” Lambrecht said. “We had to shake things up a bit and we are offering quite a few new things.”
The Jamestown City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday to request the North Dakota Department of Transportation not close exit 257 as part of a maintenance project this summer. Mayor Katie Andersen cast the lone dissenting vote and Councilman Dan Buchanan was absent from the special meeting Tuesday. Council members Pam Phillips, Ramone Gumke and Steve Brubakken voted in favor.
A delay in delivery of receptacles for the residential recycling program is pushing the start date for the program back a month in Jamestown, according to Ralph Friebel, owner of Recycling Center of North Dakota. The receptacles were anticipated to arrive the week of Jan. 15, he said. Now, the containers will likely arrive the week of Feb. 5. Assembly of the receptacles is planned to start at that time with delivery to homeowners expected the week of Feb. 12. “What it means is we’ll start pickup about March 1,” he said.
Jamestown is the center of one of eight regions where medical marijuana dispensaries could be located, according to Jason Wahl, interim director of the Division of Medical Marijuana within the North Dakota Department of Health. In order for a medical marijuana dispensary to be located in Jamestown or Stutsman County, zoning ordinances will need to be changed.
The weather systems are switching from snow to cold, according to Nathan Heinert, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. Wind chill warnings have been issued for much of North Dakota through noon Friday. Heinert said the cold would continue through the weekend with more wind chill warnings likely to be issued. “The wind chills are going to be mainly around 30 (degrees) below,” he said. “We’re going to continue below zero for highs through Saturday.”
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 that brought snow and wind to the Colorado area of the Rocky Mountains moved northeast. Cold arctic air is predicted to bring a mix of snow, blowing snow and frigid wind chills for much of North Dakota today.
The Jamestown Planning Commission approved a zoning change Monday that will allow the use of a vacant nursing home for crew housing. Scott Harmstead, planner for SRF Consulting, told the Planning Commission the property had been zoned institutional when Bethel 4-Acres operated the nursing home at 1404 1st Ave. N. Browning’s Honey Co. purchased the property to use as seasonal housing for workers it employs tending hives and extracting honey.
The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. voted to pay only a portion of Stutsman County and city of Jamestown dues to South Central Dakota Regional Council Monday.
The value of new commercial and residential construction in Jamestown was down in 2017 compared to the last two years, according to Tom Blackmore, city building inspector. The city issued 11 commercial construction permits valued at $4.4 million. This compares to 11 permits valued at $41 million in 2016 and 12 permits valued at $18 million in 2015, Blackmore said. The 2016 permits included the Harold Newman Arena on the campus of the University of Jamestown and the Two Rivers Activity Center.