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Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, wants to see some changes to future farm bills that provide a framework for agriculture programs in the United States. "Not a full rework but extensive modifications," he said. Watne said average net farm income in North Dakota dropped from $76,404 in 2014 to $28,600 in 2015, a 63 percent decline in a single year. He said the current downturn in commodity prices is anticipated to remain low for the foreseeable future. If it continues, the 2016 net farm income could be the lowest since 2002.
A special assessment district to cover the cost of paving, water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer improvements for Fifth Street Northeast passed the Jamestown City Council on a 4-1 vote Tuesday. Councilman Dan Buchanan cast the lone dissenting vote. The project improves the street and utilities for the Two Rivers Activity Center as well as other properties adjacent to Fifth Street Northeast, according to Jeff Fuchs, city administrator. Buchanan said the project should be paid for by a citywide special assessment.
The American Civil War was recent history when Fort Seward was founded in 1872. With the conflict ending just seven years earlier, it is no wonder that the all the major officers of the fort had served in the great war between the states. Capt. Henry Goddard Thomas joined the U.S. Army in the very early months of the Civil War. I suppose you could say he was more progressive than many of his fellow officers. He was the first regular U.S. Army officer to accept command of a regiment made up of African-American soldiers when he became the leader of the 79th U.S. Colored Regiment.
A Piper Malibu aircraft traveling from Dickinson to Fargo Friday declared an emergency and made a precautionary landing at Jamestown Regional Airport, according to Sam Seafeldt, airport manager. "About 1:45 p.m. Minneapolis Center informed Jamestown airport that the pilots had reported a possible fire," he said. "Members of Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting, the Jamestown Fire Department and Jamestown Rural Fire Department responded." Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting is a unit of volunteers and paid firefighters stationed at Jamestown Regional Airport.
The Stutsman County Fair is not all fun and entertainment for 4-H club members participating. Leaders say the competitors, especially those with livestock, spend a good deal of the fair taking care of their projects. The 4-H members' efforts even start when they are young. Molly Wilson, age 7, a member of Country Kids 4-H club, said that while the rides were the most fun at the fair, walking her calf was the fun part of her 4-H project. Molly was showing a dairy calf the family had leased from Entzminger Dairy.
Jamestown beat the statewide trend of declining taxable sales during the first quarter of 2016, according to the Office of State Tax Commissioner. The first quarter report, issued Tuesday, showed taxable sales in North Dakota for the first quarter of 2016 were down 33 percent when compared to the same period in 2015. Jamestown taxable sales increased 6.4 percent for the same period. "It's great," said Connie Ova, CEO of the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. "You can tell we're sustaining at least part of our growth."
For 40 of the past 42 years, Charlie Kourajian has represented Jamestown citizens as either mayor or councilman. That career came to an end Tuesday when Kourajian was presented a...
For 40 of the past 42 years, Charlie Kourajian has represented Jamestown citizens as either mayor or councilman. That career came to an end Tuesday when Kourajian was presented a plaque honoring his service during his last meeting on the City Council. "To be a representative of the city has been a privilege that I didn't take lightly," he said, prior to the meeting.
We often think of historic Jamestown as a railroad town. Officials founded Jamestown when the Northern Pacific tracks reached the James River, and the train was the predominant form of...
Councilman Dan Buchanan will serve as president of the Jamestown City Council for the next year after he was unanimously elected to the post during the City Council's organizational meeting. The president of the City Council presides over meetings in the absence of the mayor. Ramone Gumke, the previous president of the City Council, was elected as vice president of the Council.