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South Central Dakota Regional Council will continue to assess county dues based on population, according to a consensus of board members Wednesday. The Regional Council’s executive board reported that bylaws require the organization to assess dues based on a taxable valuation of its nine-member counties. The longtime practice has been to assess dues based on population, which appears to be the most fair of the two methods, said Joseph Neis, president of the Regional Council.
Jamestown High School physics class students got a taste of rocket science on Monday as part of a project-based learning experience. Students of Lynn Kosel, chair of the JHS chemistry and physics department, launched specially designed water bottle rockets on the north side of the school building. The rockets relate to the current unit of study on the concept of forces and Sir Isaac Newton's three laws of motion.
Putting together broadcast news and weather is not as easy as you think, said Riley Wiest, an eighth-grade student at Jamestown Middle School. Gathering the information and then creating a presentation were a lot of work, he said. Then to be recorded standing in front of a green screen while pointing at video graphics only visible on a monitor is also a challenge, he said. “Actually it’s pretty hard,” Riley said.
Jamestown Fire Department responded to a pickup fire Wednesday morning at Deer Ridge Apartments. Stutsman County Communications Center received a call about a burning vehicle at 9:18 a.m. JFD arrived on the scene four minutes later at 800 12th Ave. NE. The fire was under control by 9:30, and firefighters cleared the scene at 9:43 a.m.
Voters in New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School District approved a 20-year bond for structural repairs and air quality improvements Tuesday in a special election. Of the 540 voters who turned out, 357 voted yes and 183 voted no, for a 66 percent approval on the one-question ballot that required at least 60 percent to pass, said Jill Louters, superintendent of New Rockford-Sheyenne School District. The voting totals will not be official until the next regular School Board meeting on Oct. 23, she said.
The city of Jamestown Board of Adjustment on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve amending the building code to allow a front yard setback variance at 802 4th Ave. NW. Member Harold Bensch was not present. The approval allows for a 3-foot front yard variance from the property line where the city ordinance requires at least a 14-foot setback for a corner lot in a R-2-A residential development district, said Tom Blackmore, city building inspector.
The public will have a chance to hear a preliminary evaluation of Jamestown Public School District, according to an official’s update at the Monday School Board meeting. “It’s a big process and it is interesting to see how all the pieces align into place,” said Heidi Larson, vice president of the School Board.
A national ranking as a great workplace will help Jamestown Regional Medical Center continue to hire and retain the best people, said K.C. DeBoer, JRMC president and CEO. Modern Healthcare, a national health industry publication, placed JRMC at No. 63 on a list of the 75 Best Places to Work award for health providers and insurers nationwide at its September conference in Las Vegas.
Health efficiency goals are about improving quality of care, according to Thomas Eide, director of field services for the North Dakota Department of Human Services, who attended Friday’s North Dakota State Hospital Governing Body meeting.
If you go What: 23rd annual Report to the People banquet When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 Where: Jamestown Civic Center Admission: Sponsored tables Contact: Troy Gunderson, James Valley Youth For Christ, 252-5501, jamesvalley.yfc.net