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About 75 people participated in the Walk to Silence the Stigma on Saturday in Jamestown.The event is intended to raise awareness of mental health and suicide-related issues. Dr. Jennifer Nitschke spoke before the walk and reminded people that suicide is 100 percent preventable. Keith Norman / The Sun
Crews from Interstate Towing pulled a cement truck from the James River on Saturday. The truck rolled into the river Friday when a portion of the riverbank collapsed. The driver was injured in the accident and flown to a Fargo hospital. Keith Norman / The Sun
Somewhere in Jamestown is a house that was valued at $121,900 for the last property tax year, according to Jamison Veil, city assessor for Jamestown. That house is at the median value for Jamestown, meaning there are equal numbers of homes valued higher and lower than this property. The owner of that home will pay an additional $157 or 10 percent in property taxes this year based on preliminary mill rates released by Nicole Meland, interim county auditor and chief operating officer for Stutsman County.
Daryl Ritchison, interim director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network at North Dakota State University, thinks we are in for a cold and snowy winter this year. "For a lot of reasons, this winter should be much colder than the last few," he said. "North Dakota as a whole would be colder than the last few winters even if we had average temperatures this winter." The long-term forecast calls for average or above average snow accumulations this winter, although it might not seem so bad.
An Aggregate Industries cement truck rolled into the river when the bank caved in. The truck was backing along the back of a home located on 12th Avenue Southeast when the accident occurred. Reports from the scene indicate the driver was injurred and transported to Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
The University of Jamestown could be assessed $210,000 in fines for violations of reporting standards under the Clery Act by the U.S. Department of Education. The Clery Act has been part of federal law since 1990 and requires institutes of higher education that receive federal funds to report crime statistics and safety policies to its students.
The National Weather Service can’t promise better weather this
Polly Peterson will take over the reins of the University of Jamestown as president when Robert Badal retires at the end of February. The announcement was made by Jim Unruh, chairman of the university's board of trustees, during a press conference Friday at the dedication of Harold Newman Arena. "It was an easy decision," he said. "Polly has an unusual combination of backgrounds that have helped us to this point." Peterson called her appointment as president a "life-long dream." "It is truly an honor and I am blessed to be given the opportunity," she said.