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Two incumbents and four challengers seeking one of three seats on the Stutsman County Commission in Tuesday's election differ on what they want to accomplish in a four-year term. "I would really like to see growth and and be able to secure tenants for the Spiritwood Energy Park and the Airport Business Park that is now being built," said Ramone Gumke, 38, an operations manager of Newman Print at Newman Signs.
Asbestos, lead paint and black mold abatement work has started on what will become the Jamestown Rural Fire Department building, according to Richard Klose, president of the JRFD board. "The work started around Oct. 23 and will take approximately one month to complete," Klose said. Shirley Krapp, secretary-treasurer for the JRFD Board, said L&M Contracting of Jamestown was contracted to perform the cleanup and abatement work. The work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 25, she said.
Trinity Lutheran Church and St. John's Lutheran are welcoming people of other churches and the community to attend an interactive Bible learning event. Walk Thru the Old Testament is free and open to all ages from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, 523 4th Ave. SE, in Jamestown. Registration is $25 per person or $50 per family by calling 252-2841 or online at trinityjamestown.com/registration.html. "It's going to be a cool event," said the Rev. Susan Haukaas, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church.
The Jamestown Civic Center staff are making the annual Christmas Boutique Craft & Gift Show more accessible than ever with free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4. "This year we're trying something new," said Pam Fosse, director of the Jamestown Civic Center, located at 212 3rd Ave. NE. The vendors agreed that by dropping the $2 admission for shoppers it will encourage larger crowds, Fosse said. There were around 2,000 shoppers last year, she said.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority on Tuesday agreed 6-0 to offer Katie Andersen the position of airport director. Board member Craig Neys was absent. Andersen, the former mayor of Jamestown, was a member of the Airport Authority board during her eight years in office. The selection committee recommendation said Andersen stood out for a strong finance background, a proven ability to move projects forward as a board member and anticipated longevity in the position compared to someone from outside the community.
Many North Dakota residents bring coolers along when driving through Wishek to pick up some of the celebrated sausage at Stan's Supervalu. The family-owned grocery is known for its specialty sausage using a recipe that dates back to 1909, said Darren Deile, store manager. The reputation of Wishek sausage has helped a small-town store survive when others have not, he said. "Meat sales are higher than they ever have been," Deile said. "It's a major part of our sales and even more so with profits."
If you go What: Roughrider Rodeo Association of North Dakota State Rodeo Finals When: 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27; 1 p.m. start on Sunday, Oct. 28 Where: Jamestown Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave. NE Tickets: Available at the door for $12 adults, $8 children 12 and younger, $30 adult three-day pass, $20 children three-day pass. $2 advanced ticket discount at Southwood Veterinary Clinic in Jamestown and Carrington rrr It's late October in Jamestown and that means rodeo finals at the Civic Center.
Volunteers are still needed for an annual food packaging day event to benefit children. Kids Against Hunger, a project of Jamestown Kiwanis, has produced more than 1.1 million meals since 2011. The meals are distributed to food pantries in North Dakota and Minnesota through the Great Plains Food Bank. A $20,000 fundraising goal was met as of Monday, according to Tim Perkins, Kiwanis member. Anymore donations made will only increase the amount of meals prepared, he said.
The Stutsman County Commission on Tuesday approved a zoning change to allow a housing development to move forward. The commission approved 5-0 to rezone agricultural land to residential community land that will allow a subdivision of 98 lots for single and multi-family residences on land adjacent to Horsehead Lake in Peterson and St. Paul townships north of Highway 10 near County Road 39. Brandon Miller, a project partner with Visionary Homes of Bismarck, said the project has been in development for five years and follows another development at Ruby Lake.
Hoping to build the growth of its online presence, the Jamestown Tourism board on Monday approved 7-0 on $3,865 in upgrades to improve the JamestownCalendar.com website. Members Taylor Barnes, Janna Bergstedt and Sean Johnson were not present. "We all agreed that it all needed to be upgraded and refreshed," said Mitzi Hager, treasurer. The updates include a visual fix for the viewer using a mobile device. Upgrading to current technology and fixing existing bugs in the calendar are important, said Searle Swedlund, executive director.