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Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, is looking forward to his second term in the North Dakota Senate. Voters in District 12 elected him Tuesday by a margin of 3,664 votes to 2,555 for Republican challenger and Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen. "I'm excited about my opportunity to go back to Bismarck," Grabinger said. "The vote shows the people of Jamestown appreciate the work I've done." Grabinger said balancing the budget remains the top priority for North Dakota.
District 12 voters will send two new faces to the North Dakota House of Representatives. Republican Bernie Satrom was the top vote getter with 3,393 votes. Jim Grueneich, also a Republican, gathered 2,705 votes to earn the other District 12 House seat. "I'm humbled and excited," Satrom said. "This is not a Bernie thing, lots of people made it happen." Satrom said the state's fiscal problems will be his top priority. "Balancing the budget and not raising taxes," he said. "That's the key." Grueneich credited his hard work in garnering him the win.
Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, has returned for a second term in the North Dakota Senate. Unofficial tallies from the Stutsman County auditor’s office indicate Grabinger gathered 3,664 to 2,555 for Republican challenger and Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen in the District 12 race. Republican challengers carried the District 12 House race with Bernie Satrom picking up 3,393 votes and Jim Grueneich with 2,705 votes. Rep. Jessica Haak, D-Jamestown, picked up 2,472 votes and Pam Musland had 2,528 votes.
An ordinance to require developers of large projects to conduct a traffic impact study will get a first reading at the Dec. 5 City Council meeting, after a 3-2 vote Monday with Mayor Katie Andersen and Councilman Steve Brubakken dissenting. The vote allows consideration of the ordinance, which was tabled during a Sept. 20 Finance and Legal Committee meeting. Andersen said she still didn't feel the ordinance was developer friendly and continued her earlier opposition.
Two companies are working together to build a new wind farm in Dickey County, according to information from Xcel Energy. Foxtail Wind, a planned 150-megawatt wind farm, would generate enough electricity for about 45,000 homes and employ between six and 10 people when operational, said Bryan Garner, a spokesperson for NextEra Energy Inc. Garner said NextEra will develop and permit the wind farm, while Xcel Energy builds and operates the facility.
A planned road to connect the Menards area to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center may be headed back to the drawing board, according to Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen. "The negotiation with one landowner has not succeeded," she said. "We're still hoping but looking at alternative routing." Andersen said there are four landowners along the route of the road. Three of the four have agreed to easements with the city. Liechty Associates owns less than one-third of the distance of the road and has not agreed to an easement.
Four candidates for the two District 12 House of Representative seats all oppose the negativity of the race. "I'm really disappointed in the negativity," said Bernie Satrom, a Republican candidate. "It's on both sides, attacks on Jessica (Haak) but Katie (Andersen) as well. What's disturbing is the personal nature of the attacks." A campaign postcard sent out by Andersen, a Republican candidate for the District 12 Senate seat and current Jamestown mayor, had a target drawn on it and holes punched in it before it was placed at Andersen's business last week.
The two candidates for the District 12 Senate seat have different views on their vision for the future of North Dakota. Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, sees a state that needs to solve problems dealing with drugs and crime. “I hope North Dakota, after we get through the budget issues, can step up to the plate and deal with the drug problem and overcrowded prisons,” he said. Solutions won’t be easy, Grabinger said.
The incumbent holds the advantage in fundraising in the District 12 House of Representatives race, according to reports filed with the North Dakota Office of the Secretary of State. Candidates were required to file reports listing all contributions of more than $200 by Oct. 7. Any contribution they receive of more than $500 must be reported to the Office of the Secretary of State within 48 hours, and an annual report of campaign contributions is due in January, according to Al Jaeger, secretary of state for North Dakota.
The Jamestown Public Works Committee denied a request Thursday to make improvements to 2nd Avenue Southeast near Frontier Village. The avenue appears on plat maps as a street but has not been improved and is used as a trail by the stagecoach from the Frontier Village. During the committee’s August meeting, property owners in the area asked if the street and stormwater drainage could be improved.