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A bipartisan effort to overhaul the way North Dakota deals with non-violent offenders is getting support from at least two Jamestown legislators. Sen. John G r a b i n g e r , D-Jamestown, and Rep. Bernie Satrom, R-Jamestown, support efforts to spend more money on mental health and addiction treatment rather than prison time for people arrested on drug and other crimes not involving violence.
Planning the next steps for a soybean crushing plant project at Spiritwood is entering some of the final stages, according to Scott Austin, manager for Minnesota Soybean Processors, the company planning the project. “We’re further along than most companies when they make an announcement,” he said. “We had a great opportunity to announce it (the planned plant construction) at Fargo at the farm show.”
Officials are gaining confidence in the river level forecasts for this spring on the James River and Pipestem Creek, according to Allen Schlag, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. Forecasts for releases from the Jamestown and Pipestem dams are anticipated next week from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Those forecasts will determine the river levels, and if dikes will be necessary, in Jamestown, according to Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager.
A traveling exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts opens Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Arts Center in Jamestown.
Curtis Carlyle uses a Chinese yo-yo to entertain students and staff Tuesday at Washington Elementary School in Jamestown. Carlyle is also a juggler. More information can be obtained about the nationally known artist at CurtShow.com. John M. Steiner / The Sun
A Jamestown man involved in an eight-hour standoff with police in December pleaded guilty to a single felony charge Wednesday in a plea agreement. Troy Elhard, 34, pleaded guilty to terrorizing, a Class C felony, before Judge Jay Schmitz in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. He was sentenced to 51 days in the Stutsman County Correctional Center with credit for 51 days served and two years supervised probation. He was ordered to pay $960 in court costs. He was also sentenced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation within 90 days and complete recommended treatment.
When people today look back on the early settlers of Stutsman County, folks commonly think of people just scraping by and living in little shanties while they worked the land to build farms that continue to operate generations later. Not all settlers that built farms on the Stutsman County prairie were struggling to make ends meet.
The veterans behind the art pieces hanging in the lobby of the Jamestown Community Based Outpatient Clinic are as varied as the works on display. "Don't know why I selected these things," said Norman Shirley, a Jamestown Vietnam veteran who left the Army as a sergeant in 1971. "I like faces, the different eyes and different noses. I've always drew myself." Shirley is displaying pencil sketches as well as birdhouses constructed from scrap materials. "The birdhouses are just a pastime," he said. "I make them up from copper, zinc, wood, whatever I can find around."
Even after a few days of mild weather, officials are still looking for all the information they can gather about the amount of moisture in the snow and the possibilities of flooding this spring in the Jamestown area, according to Allen Schlag, hydrologist with the National Weather Service at Bismarck. "We take any information we can get our hands on," he said. "It all has an effect on the water levels at some time."