Tom LaVenture / Jamestown Sun
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 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 Montpelier man survived a crash with a BNSF train on Thursday just east of Cleveland, N.D., according to Sgt. Casey Yunck of the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office. Shane Steele, 44, was driving south on 64th Avenue Southeast in a 1995 Peterbilt semi-truck with a trailer load of grain, Yunck said. Steele was heading toward 36th Street Southeast with the Eldridge Country Grain Cooperative as his destination, he said.
The 4th and 5th grade students of Roosevelt Elementary School performed several songs Thursday evening as part of the “This Is America” patriotic tribute to the county and veterans.
An igloo made from milk jugs became a reading area for preschool students thanks to Zereta Gahner, a Jamestown High School student. Gahner is also part of the Child Care and Development program of the James Valley Career and Technology Center. The high school elective course is for students who want experience in the childcare industry before deciding on a career vocation after high school.
Several county commission and state’s attorney offices changed hands in south-central counties of North Dakota on election night Tuesday. In Eddy County a tight two-seat county commission race might wind up in a recount. The unofficial ballots have incumbent Neal Rud with 761 votes followed by Dave Gehrtz with 512 votes. The two defeated Michael Carter with 497 votes and incumbent Jeff Pfau with 475.
The Stutsman County Commission will have two new members, according to unofficial election results Tuesday. Incumbent commissioner Dennis Ova led all votes with 4,582, followed by former commissioner Steven Cichos with 4,581, and Ramone Gumke, a former Jamestown City Council member, with 3,993. Incumbent Craig Neys garnered 3,557 votes, followed by Mark McPherson with 3,972 votes and Nellie Degen with 1,979.
The 9,793 Stutsman County voters who participated in the Tuesday general election was second only to the 10,345 voters in the 2016 presidential election, according to Nicole Meland, Stutsman County auditor and chief operating officer. The lines at the Jamestown Civic Center were constant all day, she said. There were seven poll workers checking identification and the poll book which kept the line moving, she said.
A Pennsylvania man was rescued Monday after his canoe capsized in a slough south of Medina, according to Sheriff Chad Kaiser of Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office. Stutsman County Communications Center received a 10:55 a.m. call from a group of hunters that they could not reach one of their party, an approximately 30-year-old man in a deep slough, he said. Sheriff’s Office deputies in the area were able to reach the scene at 11:12 a.m., before other responding agencies, he said.
Around 500 students and staff of Jamestown Middle School concluded Red Ribbon Week, an alcohol and drug prevention program in conjunction with Central Valley Health, with a red-shirt rally in the gym on Friday morning.