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The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. is planning two new industrial parks, according to a strategic plan approved by the JSDC Board of Directors on May 15. "We're developing the next steps for the business parks," said Corry Shevlin, business development manager for JSDC. "We don't want to fall into a lull." Chris Rathjen, JSDC president, said the organization has accomplished a lot in the past three years.
NEAR YPSILANTI, N.D. - Farm Rescue can gather the equipment and volunteers needed to plant crops for farmers who aren't able to work the fields because of injury or illness, but it can't control the weather. "The weather put us down at least a day this week," said Jeff Preston, a Farm Rescue volunteer from Davenport, Iowa. Preston was part of a four-man crew planting crops for Gary Marks of Ypsilanti on Wednesday after rain delays on Tuesday.
Changes made by the North Dakota Legislature to the local property tax formula will likely result in higher tax bills this winter, according to Casey Bradley, Stutsman County auditor/chief operating officer. How much of an increase will depend on where the property is located, he said. "If the mill levies stay the same," Bradley said, "because of the 12 percent buydown being gone, taxes will go up." Rep. Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, said local elected officials need to tighten their budgets the same way the state did during the past legislative session.
Most roads in North Dakota are built either straight north and south or east and west. That accuracy can be traced back more than a century to surveyors who mapped out the land, according to Russell Kastelle, a surveyor with 64 years of experience from Breckenridge, Minn. Kastelle was one of a group of regional surveyors who moved a museum of surveyor tools and equipment to its new location in the Frontier Village Saturday.
A longtime community leader isn’t letting a stroke or the inability to drive slow him down.
Three people were sentenced on felony charges recently in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Larry Curtis Hanson, 45, Ypsilanti, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class A felony, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, Class C felonies, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a Class B misdemeanor.
Construction is expected to start later this month to replace the bridge over Interstate 94 at exit 260, according to Nathan Haaland, assistant district engineer for the Valley City District of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The bridge, constructed in 1958 and repaired in 1984, was found “structurally deficient” by DOT engineers in 2016.
The Jamestown Rural Fire Department responds to a report of a grain dryer fire at Country Grain Co-op in Eldridge on Monday. Some smoldering grain was discovered and extinguished, according to Ben Maulding, fire chief of the rural fire department. Firefighters were on the scene for about one hour. Keith A. Norman / The Sun
Zoning change approved A local car dealership can add a new building to its operation after the Jamestown Planning Commission recommended approving a zoning change to adjacent property. Casey Stoudt, owner of R.M. Stoudt Inc., requested a zoning change to blocks 3,4 and 5 of Mall Woods Addition. The property is located immediately west of the dealership. The request changes the zoning from public, open development and conservation district to general commercial district.
The start of the residential curbside recycling program in Jamestown has been pushed back nearly a month, according to Ralph Friebel, owner of Recycling Center of North Dakota. "We just don't have time to get everything in and set up by July 1," he said.