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Farmers trying to reduce the acidity of their soil may have a free resource in a waste material available from the Jamestown Water Department.
A wind farm project in southern North Dakota that was first heard by the Public Service Commission nearly six years ago may be headed back to the PSC. Otter Tail Power Co. filed an application in April for an advance determination of prudence and a certificate of convenience and necessity for the Merricourt Wind Project with the PSC. The application included a $175,000 filing fee.
The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. held its annual meeting Wednesday with more optimism than its meeting a year ago, according to Bob Toso, past president of JSDC and master of ceremony for the event. "This time last year we were smarting a bit over the fertilizer plant that didn't come," he said, referring to the CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant project canceled in August 2015. "The staff kept moving forward and good things are continuing to happen."
The 12 fire districts that provide service in Stutsman County will see a total of $28,000 less in funding from the state for the next biennium, according to Brian Paulson, a firefighter with the Jamestown Rural Fire Department who has been following House Bill 1010. "It doesn't sound like a big number but for the departments, it is," he said. "We'll need to tighten our belts and maybe do a few more fundraisers."
Randy Everding said it was fortunate that no one had moved into a mobile home he'd set up on his property near Medina when it was struck by a severe storm on July 11, 2016. "We had a security camera on it," said Everding, a Medina area resident. "First there was light rain, then a dust cloud and then the trailer was gone." The storm destroyed Everding's trailer and caused downed trees and other damage throughout Medina and the surrounding area.
One question was on the minds of people interested in Jamestown's curbside recycling program at the Home & Garden Show this weekend at the Jamestown Civic Center. "By far the big question has been cost," said Ralph Friebel, owner of Recycling Center of North Dakota, formerly Renaissance Recycling, which will operate the curbside program. "We've had few questions about what can be recycled." Friebel made three presentations about the recycling program to people who attended the Home & Garden Show. About 50 people attended the Sunday afternoon session.
A hit-and-run accident has left the city of Jamestown responsible for an estimated $16,000 repair bill and left one of the city's traffic signals out of commission. The control box for the traffic signal at 10th Street and 7th Avenue Southeast was struck by a vehicle on April 10. The accident was reported at 11:44 p.m., but the vehicle that struck the control box had left the scene by the time officers arrived.
What were described as "good bids" will save the city more than $1 million on two street projects, according to Travis Dillman, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. Dillman told the Jamestown Public Works Committee Thursday that Border States Paving was the apparent low bidder for the road between the Menards area and Jamestown Regional Medical Center and the project on 5th Street Northeast leading to the Two Rivers Activity Center.
The water will get a little higher in the James River in Jamestown beginning this weekend. Releases from Jamestown Dam will increase Friday from 450 cubic feet per second to 650 cfs, according to Bob Martin, manager of the Pipestem Dam for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Currently, no water is being released from Pipestem Dam.
Bright spots were hard to find in the season opener for the JHS tennis team on Monday. Good news is it’s really early. Jess Schultz provided strong play for the Blue Jays at Bolinger Courts, but it was all Valley City otherwise in an 8-1 Hi-Liner win.