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The east room of the Alfred Dickey Public Library will be renamed in honor of Edna LaMoore Waldo, the James River Valley Public Library System Board unanimously decided Monday. Board members Charlotte Freeburg and Dar Jung were not present. Waldo (1893-1999) was the elder sister author of Louis L'Amour, who changed the spelling of his name later in life, said Joe Rector, director of the library system. Waldo was born in Jamestown and graduated from Jamestown College, he said.
Jamestown and Carrington are partnering in the Teacher Leadership Academy opportunity with North Dakota State University, according to a report at the Jamestown Public School Board meeting Monday. The program provides a pathway for qualified teachers to pursue a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from NDSU, said Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public School District. The research conducted by teachers in the program will be on topics of interest to the school districts, he said.
With around a month remaining on the health insurance enrollment period, a local insurance agent recommends meeting with an assistive agent before trying to enroll directly through the Marketplace of the Affordable Care Act.
Monsignor Jeffrey Wald, pastor of St. James Basilica, will lead a blessing service for the new Good Friday Pietà sculpture at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Calvary Cemetery in Jamestown. The sculpture depicts the Mary holding the body of her son, Jesus, after he was taken off the cross at Calvary. The original Renaissance work was created in 1499 by Michelangelo for St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.
The man who brought the parade train back to Frontier Village Association was elected to the board at its meeting Monday. The FVA Board 6-0 approved Shawn Syverson as its ninth board member. Kay Benson and Jay Diemert were not present. Syverson owns S&S Exhaust and Automotive in Jamestown. "I think he can bring a lot to the board with his mechanical knowledge and his interest in keeping the history of the village and Jamestown alive," said Jay Mickelson, FVA president-elect for 2019.
The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday unanimously approved $14,000 for starting phase two of the Two Rivers Community Center. The funds come from the TRAC Foundation and will be used for the design phase of TRAC phase two outdoor water park and supporting structures proposal contract, said Amy Walters, manager of Two Rivers Activity Center. The designer will be Zerrberg Architects in Fargo. If the plans are accepted and move into construction then Zerrberg's cost would be 8 percent of the approximate $2 million project cost in lieu of the $14,000, she said.
An electrical fire was extinguished before causing major damage to a Jamestown home on Monday, according to Jamestown Fire Department. Stutsman County Communications Center received a 5:51 p.m. call about an overheating wall thermostat at 530 4th St. SW. JFD arrived at the scene in 5 minutes with four trucks and 23 firefighters. The homeowner directed firefighters to a wall thermostat in the front of the home on the porch wall, said Capt. Frank Schumacher of JFD. Firefighters used water to extinguish a small electrical fire in the wall, he said.
The white-tailed and mule deer season opening Friday for guns means that people will be hunting whenever possible through closing on Nov. 25. There were 97 students absent from Jamestown High School Friday to go hunting, according to Kathy Getz, secretary. That is three times the number out for sports and illnesses, she said. "A lot of kids told me that more than half the students in their classes were gone," Getz said.
The Jamestown Tourism Grant and Executive Board on Thursday awarded $22,500 in grants to support marketing expenses for hockey, basketball, wrestling and classic car events. The board 4-0 approved $10,000 for the University of Jamestown to support the first NAIA Women's Wrestling National Invitational Tournament on March 15-16, 2019, at Harold Newman Arena. Board member Tena Lawrence recused herself from voting as a UJ employee.
A sudden spike in influenza cases is indicating an early start to the flu season, according to experts at the North Dakota Department of Health. There were 101 flu cases reported statewide for the last week of October, compared to just three cases for the same week in 2017, according to the Department of Health. The reported cases since August are at 223, compared to 35 cases at the same time in 2017. The Department of Health reports there were 160,293 doses of 2017-18 influenza vaccine administered statewide so far this season.