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The flu season in North Dakota has been busy and persistent, according to Jill Baber, influenza surveillance coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Health. “We had quite a lot of cases,” she said, referring to the flu season that started in October. “We’re still having cases; they won’t go away.”
There is an old joke that the north lands have two seasons, winter and road construction. That was true more than a century ago. The Jamestown Alert in early April of 1881 noted that the last snowbanks were melting and street crews were already at work in Jamestown. About 15 wagons and teams were working on adding gravel to the streets that ran parallel to the railroad tracks in town. The writers at the paper also noted another sign of spring was near.
Owners of the Buffalo Mall are seeking public financial assistance for the remodeling necessary for the Dunham’s Sports store planned to open there this summer.
Shoppers and area business people were lamenting the announcement Friday that the JCPenney store in the Buffalo Mall would be closing. “It’s kind of the pits,” said Destinee Christensen, a shopper from Berlin visiting the store Friday afternoon. “With the kids section, shoes, clothing for everyone, we shopped there a lot.” Christensen said she and her family make the trip to Jamestown every “two weeks or so.” They usually found a reason to stop at JCPenney.
Farmers in the area will grow an industrial-quality corn specifically designed for the ethanol industry this summer. Corn with the Enogen technology is genetically modified to produce the alpha amylase enzyme that improves efficiency in corn-based ethanol plants, said Marcos Castro, Enogen market manager for Syngenta. “The grower becomes the enzyme provider for the ethanol plant,” he said. “Enogen corn contains more alpha amylase than any other corn. The (ethanol) plant does not have to add any enzymes. It makes the corn mash more liquid, and it saves energy.”
Refrigerators come in all sizes. There are the little ones that people might keep in a dorm room or an office to the bigger ones that keep food cold in the kitchen. On the commercial scale, there are refrigerators that you can walk around in and that can store thousands of pounds of food. In the modern world, if I say refrigerator, everyone knows what I’m talking about. That was not the case back in 1895 when Schmitz’s Meat Market installed “a refrigerator, or cold storage room 9 by 20 feet.”
Further research has found the old Beulah Camp was not previously owned by the city of Jamestown, according to Jeff Fuchs, city administrator. Debate of a zoning request change for the property Monday at the Jamestown Planning Commission meeting included information that Dean Hafner, property developer, had purchased the property from the city of Jamestown in 2011.
A request to change the zoning of the former Beulah Camp location from park/open space/recreation to low density residential housing drew fire from residents across the river Monday at the Jamestown Planning Commission meeting.
The Stutsman County emergency manager called the news from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week regarding possible spring flooding good for the community. Jerry Bergquist told the Stutsman County Local Emergency Planning Committee Friday that the forecasts from the Corps of Engineers said combined releases from the Pipestem and Jamestown dams would likely reach 450 cubic feet per second this spring. "Nothing really," he said. "Enough to flush the mosquitoes out of the river."
The North Dakota State Hospital has always been an important part of the economy of Jamestown.