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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."
The Jamestown City Council approved a contract with Renaissance Recycling to implement a curbside recycling program by July at a special council meeting Wednesday. Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen told the City Council the rate would be $5.55 per month per household, increase by an inflation rate for each of the first five years and then could be reviewed at the time when the contract is renewed. The contract approval passed 4-0 with Councilman Ramone Gumke absent.
FARGO -- A 150-acre farm field near Spiritwood could be turned into a $240 million soybean crushing and processing plant by 2019, according to an announcement made by Bruce Hill, president of the Minnesota Soybean Processors. Hill told producers attending the Northern Soybean Expo in Fargo Tuesday that his organization was planning the construction of a soybean crushing and processing plant at Spiritwood beginning this spring. When complete, the plant will employ between 55 and 60 people.
Newspapers were the only media available to the general public in the early 1900s. Other than reading the local paper, the only way to keep up on local and world events was to gossip with the neighbor. That put a lot of pressure on the editors and publishers of the newspapers of the day.
The Jamestown City Council scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday to take final action on the Renaissance Recycling contract for curbside recycling. "We received changes to the contract late Friday," said Mayor Katie Andersen during the City Council's meeting Monday. "It is my recommendation to negotiate this week and have a special meeting later this week." Leo Ryan, Jamestown city attorney, said if changes to the contract are substantial, it could "fall from substantial compliance with the terms of the bid."
The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors is seeking more input before acting on a funding request from TrainND. The board tabled a request Monday to provide $45,000 for each of the next two years. Tony Grindberg, vice president for workforce affairs at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., said TrainND is facing budget cuts from the North Dakota Legislature and is seeking funding to ensure it could continue the programs it offers.