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An ideal spring melt has reduced the chance of flooding this spring if normal weather conditions continue, according to Allen Schlag, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. The Missouri and James River Basins Hydrologic Outlook report issued Wednesday said the probability of flooding above the Jamestown Dam had decreased with only a few pockets of deep snow drifts remaining. The snow that has melted has largely soaked into the ground, which has resulted in a little increase in river or reservoir levels.
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." The weekly influenza update issued Thursday showed 5,915 cases in North Dakota since the beginning of the flu season. The report said about 500 cases occurred in the week ending on March 18. Baber said the active flu season can run into May, depending on the year.
The political climate for proceeding with the Red River Valley Water Supply Project looks good at the federal level, according to Duane DeKrey, general manager of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District. DeKrey and other Garrison Diversion officials were in Washington, D.C., last week to talk with the North Dakota congressional delegation and officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior. "Their message to us was the Trump administration has put out the word to find a way to get to 'yes,'" DeKrey said, referring to discussions with the Interior Department.
The Jamestown City Council approved plans for another access road to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center during a special meeting Thursday. The road had been listed as the top priority in the Jamestown Land Use and Transportation plan approved in 2015. Bids will be opened April 19 for the road connecting the Menards area and Jamestown Regional Medical Center and for a second project at 5th Street Northeast, which will provide access to the Two Rivers Activity Center.
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.”