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A regional grain elevator operator has been hit with a proposed penalty of $104,300 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA cites six willful and eight serious citations of safety codes against Larson Grain Co. Larson Grain is headquartered in LaMoure and operates grain elevators in five North Dakota towns—Adrian, Englevale, Fredonia, Linton and Wishek. Larson Grain has 15 days to pay the penalty, request additional information or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Local law enforcement agencies could see costs of more than $400,000 over the next two years as the current generation of radio equipment becomes obsolete, according to Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager. Costs estimates are preliminary because the final specifications for the radios is not available, he said.
On-street parking on the 1000 block of 10th Street Southeast will be banned after a 3-1 split vote by the Jamestown City Council Monday. Budget Auto Services & Towing and Sanford Health HealthCare Accessories are located along that block. Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen cast the lone dissenting vote with Councilman Ramone Gumke absent from the meeting.
It has been about one year since the Jamestown Land Use and Transportation Plan was approved, and one of its high-priority projects is in the planning stages, according to Mayor Katie Andersen. "We're moving along there," she said, referring to a planned road to connect the Menards area to Jamestown Regional Medical Center. "It is the first phase of the project to divert traffic from the area between Applebee's and Perkins."
A Vietnam veteran and the family of a soldier killed in World War II received recognition for service Thursday in ceremonies in Carrington and Jamestown. "It is all about thanking and giving recognition," said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., who presented a Purple Heart to James Laurie for wounds he received in Vietnam in 1967 and the Silver Star to the family of Reinholdt Hofmann, who was killed in action in the Philippines in 1945.
Rural water associations may see less available grant funds from the North Dakota Water Commission in the upcoming biennium, according to Harley Swenson, a member of the water commission. "This year (the current North Dakota budget year) we had a lot of money," he said. "Next year we expect about 20 percent as our appropriation."
Jamestown Regional Airport is under consideration as the base for an air ambulance operation, according to Jeremy Salveson, program director for Valley Med Flight of Grand Forks. Salveson said the final decision should be made within a month, and the company is in continuing talks with Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority approved a proposal for a wildlife assessment and an update to the airport's wildlife management plan at its meeting Wednesday. Midwest Wildlife Services was the top rated of the three firms vying for the contract in an assessment done by Jamestown Regional Airport Manager Sam Seafeldt and Jim Boyd, chairman of the Airport Authority. Seafeldt said Midwest Wildlife Services had performed similar assessments for all commercial airports in North and South Dakota except for one.
ADRIAN, N.D.—After 50 years of farming, Lyle Edwards, a farmer in the Adrian area, is trying something new. He and his son, Jamie, each planted 15-acre test plots of industrial hemp as part of a pilot program operated by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. "It sure has been a learning curve," Edwards said, during a field day at the plot Wednesday. "I'm a little apprehensive how it will be harvested."
Some of the corn grown in Stutsman County and the surrounding area may be leaving the state and the country in a liquid form, according to officials in the ethanol and corn industry. "It seems the export of ethanol has been a strength," said Bart Schott, former president of the National Corn Growers Association and a Kulm area farmer. "We have the structures to produce ethanol that the farmers built ... It is taking off as an export."