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Algae is a necessary part of the aquatic environment although blooms, or periods of rapid growth, can pose problems for anglers and boaters, according to B.J. Kratz, district fisheries supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Jamestown. “It’s vital,” he said. “Very important to the plankton that the little fish feed on as part of the food chain.” Blooms of algae can make it difficult to fish or enjoy lakes such as Jamestown Reservoir where algae growth is occurring, Kratz said.
The city of Jamestown may be laying off people for the first time in more than 25 years, according to Jay Sveum, deputy auditor for the city. "I'm afraid we will not be able to retain these people," he said to the Jamestown Public Works Committee at its meeting Thursday during a discussion of personnel changes that will be necessary as the city moves to automated equipment for garbage collection. Sveum said he has worked for the city for more than 25 years and has never been part of a reduction in force.
The North Dakota Soybean Processors crushing plant planned for the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park will likely get all the soybeans it needs locally, according to Scott Austin, general manager of Minnesota Soybean Processors, the parent company of the project. "Spiritwood is in the center of where beans (soybeans) are grown," he said, referring to the North Dakota crop. "The three counties closest to the plant provide enough beans to operate the plant."
A portion of the contract between the Recycling Center of North Dakota and the city of Jamestown may need to be renegotiated before residential recycling is implemented, said Ralph Friebel, owner of the Recycling Center. At issue is the collection of glass. The Recycling Center recently stopped accepting glass saying that the company was unable to sell the recyclable glass. Friebel said he is attempting to find a buyer but would not accept the material until he is able to sell the glass.
Bricklayers prep an area to cover Monday on the new Newman Arena at the University of Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Parts have finally arrived to repair a Jamestown traffic signal damaged in a hit-andrun accident on April 10, according to Harold Sad, Jamestown street foreman.
The Dakota Spirit AgEnergy ethanol plant is running above capacity and entirely on locally grown corn, according to Derik Marquart, DSA plant manager. "Things are going well," he told the Spiritwood Energy Park Association Board of Directors Thursday during its regular meeting. "We're at a 72 million gallon rate (per year), which is over the nameplate capacity of 65 million gallons."
Rains this past week were not enough to help pastures and hayland in south-central North Dakota catch up after a dry spring, according to Jim Bitz, owner of Napoleon Livestock. "It wasn't enough to change things but it gave people some hope and some time," he said. In the meantime, ranchers have been thinning herds and reducing cattle numbers to try to match the number of cattle to the amount of grass in dry pastures.
The recent rain may help lawns, gardens and crops, but it is not a good thing for road construction projects, according to Ben Aaseth, project engineer for Interstate Engineering.
An early morning fire in the Blue Jay locker room caused extensive smoke damage throughout John L. Wilson Arena, according to Lt. Sheldon Mohr with the Jamestown Fire Department. "It was not equipment or electrical," Mohr said, referring to the currently unknown source of the fire. "Considerable smoke damage, minimal fire damage." Wilson Arena is the home to the University of Jamestown and the Jamestown High School hockey teams as well as youth hockey and skating programs. It is owned by the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department.