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The North Dakota suicide rate is above the national average for all age groups and has a higher rate of increase than other states, said Alison Traynor, director of suicide prevention for the North Dakota Department of Health. Traynor spoke Thursday at a community mental health summit in Jamestown that was organized by the VA Health Care System in Fargo. Veteran suicide rates are also above the national average in North Dakota for men and women, she said.
The Catholic Church will be celebrating its 200th year in the Midwest in September. The Most Rev. John Folda, bishop of Fargo, will celebrate a 3 p.m. Sept. 9 Mass at Assumption Catholic Church in Pembina, N.D., to mark the anniversary. A French missionary established a church and school in Pembina 1818 when it was still an unorganized territory controlled by the Hudson Bay Co. of Canada, and is considered to be the first permanent presence of the church in the Midwest.
If you go What: Big Guns of the Old West When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 Where: Fort Seward Interpretive Center, 602 10th Ave. NW, Jamestown Details: Historic guns, Gatling gun and canon demonstrations, frontier cooking Admission: free Contact: Dale Marks at 251-8175 or firstname.lastname@example.org rrr
Each year the Jamestown Choralaires holds its first rehearsal as an open session to welcome new people who want to join the men's choir. This year's first rehearsal will be from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Jamestown Middle School Band Room, 203 2nd Ave. SE. Rehearsals follow each Wednesday through May from 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. "We just have the guys come in the first night pretty relaxed," said Pamela Burkhardt, who starts her 22nd year as director. "They sing a few songs once everybody is registered."
August precipitation levels for Jamestown are above normal and more consistent than average, according to Allen Schlag, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. So far this month, the Jamestown Regional Airport has recorded 5.43 inches of rain, he said. That is about 3.6 inches above the normal 1.8 inch level for Aug. 1-28, he said. "That's pretty wet," Schlag said.
Fogging operations have helped to reduce the number of active mosquitoes in Jamestown and especially in the northeast neighborhoods, said Dawn DeVillers, city vector control officer. There are currently an average of seven mosquitoes in the eight traps around Jamestown, she said. The average daily count would need to exceed 124 mosquitoes to prompt fogging operations again, she said. "Last week our count was down considerably," DeVillers said. "The cooler temperatures as well helped this weekend's count."
The 11th annual Community Block Party Thursday will help introduce around 340 new University of Jamestown students to the community to make them feel more at home, according to Katie Roehm, event organizer for UJ. This block party will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30, with activities along First Avenue South that will be closed to traffic from First Street Southwest to Third Street Southwest. The event is free and open to the public and is meant to welcome and familiarize students with local businesses and organizations, with booths giving away food, drinks, games and prizes.
The Jamestown Tourism Board changed the way it nominates members and may consider a change in size, it decided Monday. The board approved 9-0 to make the grant and executive board the nominating committee for potential members for consideration by the full board at its annual meeting in January. Member Amanda Thrift wasn't present for the vote.
A scam is really about how people are led into making an unfortunate decision, said Sgt. Leroy Gross, a detective with Jamestown Police Department. No matter if someone is contacted by mail, phone, text, email or social media the clue to look for is if business is being conducted in a way that appears normal, he said. A legitimate business is not likely to call and ask for banking information or to put money on cash cards, he said. "That is a clue," Gross said.
The Thursday Downtown Arts Market exceeded expectations as an event to draw people downtown to the new Hansen Arts Park, said Larry Kopp, executive director of the Arts Center. The Hansen Arts Park, named for Charlotte and Gordon Hansen, former owners of The Jamestown Sun. It was designed to bring people downtown with a landscaped space with a permanent sculpture, an open bandshell and green space with floral gardens, benches and tiled walkways.