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Community leaders are challenging a forecast of declining population and income for the region. The South Central Dakota Region VI 2016 North Dakota Statewide Housing Needs Assessment projects a 4 percent population decline for the nine-county area by 2029. The housing needs assessment was issued by the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency in September.
A state senator wants to see references to the North Dakota State Hospital and its location removed from the North Dakota Constitution. Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, introduced a resolution to strike the reference during a meeting of the Interim Human Services Committee in July. The committee approved it on Sept. 20. It now goes to the Legislature's regular session in January. If approved there, it would be put to a vote of the people at the next statewide election.
For the third straight quarter, taxable retail sales in Jamestown saw double-digit percentage increases when compared to the same quarter in 2015. The North Dakota Sales and Use Tax Statistical Report for the second quarter of 2016 issued Wednesday showed Jamestown retail sales up 16.7 percent while retail sales for all of North Dakota declined 7.8 percent. Retail taxable sales increased 14.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 and 19.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The community is invited to a ceremony Friday dedicating a bridge to a late veteran and community leader. The bridge over the James River on First Street West will be dedicated in honor of James Carlascio. Carlascio was an advocate for the community and on veterans issues. He died on July 11, 2013. The dedication will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 7, at the bridge.
Statistics for the Jamestown Police Department for Oct. 4 are: * 1 traffic citation * 2 traffic warnings * 2 accidents investigated * 3 criminal arrests * 4 crimes investigated * 25 public assistance calls * 1 animal call Statistics for the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office for Oct. 4 are: * 1 accident * 1 assist other agency * 3 security checks * 1 motorist assist * 1 traffic stops * 1 warrant * 7 civil process services * 4 miscellaneous calls * 19 calls for service
A Jamestown businessman is challenging an ordinance change that banned parking in front of his home and car dealership. Brian Hanson, owner of Budget Auto Sales & Service, told the Jamestown City Council Monday that the ban on parking on 10th Avenue makes it difficult for customers to get to his business and is unfair. "Just driving around, I found three intersections with the same problem," he said. "I know there's more problems than just my place."
Two people were sentenced recently on felony charges in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Lonnie Duane Stoltman, 45, Dazey, N.D., pleaded guilty to drove or in actual physical control of a vehicle, a Class C felony. Stoltman was accused of driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent on May 5. He had previous convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2005, 2010 and 2012.
The Roughrider Association Finals Rodeo might be saddling up for a final ride at the Jamestown Civic Center for its event Oct. 28-30, according to Jeff Fuchs, city administrator. The Jamestown City Council had previously approved giving notice to discontinue its contract with the Roughrider Association in September after being notified the event lost $17,000 in 2015. The contract would have been discontinued after this month's planned rodeo. "I would definitely say it's on probationary status," he said, after a special City Council meeting Friday.
Preliminary findings of the Jamestown stormwater master plan identified about $16 million in new projects and repairs to the existing stormwater system. Jeff Hruby, project engineer for AE2S, told the subcommittee of the Stutsman County Water Resource Board overseeing the study Thursday that the projects in southwest Jamestown alone could reach $8.3 million. "Keep in mind there are 3,000 acres in the planning area," he said. "When you consider that, the price is not so huge."
A New Rockford man will face sentencing on murder and attempted murder charges in December after a plea agreement dismissed five other charges Wednesday. David Troske, 52, pleaded guilty to the murder of Donald "Donnie" Perleberg, Pingree, and the attempted murder of Mary Seiler, New Rockford, on Sept. 6, 2015, at the New Rockford Eagles Club. The change of plea hearing was held before Judge Thomas Merrick in Southeast District Court in Jamestown under an agreement by both parties in the case and the families of the victims.