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At a special meeting Tuesday, the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Board approved a preliminary 4 percent salary increase for its approximately 156 employees in 2019. "I feel we have some of the best public employees in town, and I've always voted for higher wages for them whenever possible," said Larry Knoblich, board chair. The 3-1 vote in support of a 4 percent raise was introduced by Ron Olson, vice chair.
A local manufacturer said prices on steel increased just days after tariffs went into effect as retailers say it's too soon to know the impact. President Donald Trump on Thursday said the global 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports that went into effect on March 8 now include Canada, Mexico, Europe—trading partner countries that were previously exempted.
A Bismarck teacher is the new director of special education for Jamestown, according to the Jamestown Public School Board meeting on Monday. Heidi Budeau, a special education teacher for Bismarck Public School District, will start on July first. She replaces Rhoda Young, who retired after working the position since 1980—the longest serving special education director in North Dakota, said Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public School District.
Two Jamestown Subway stores will get minor upgrades related to a nationwide fresh forward campaign, according to a restaurant consultant. “We are going through an aggressive revitalization,” said John Clark, a Fargo-based regional development agent for Subway’s national corporate office in Millford, Conn. “We call it fresh forward design.”
An unblemished white oak countertop runs the length of the Register of Deeds/Treasurer's Office, the latest room restoration completed at the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse. The $68,000 restoration of the room is the latest “layer” to be improved over several years, said Guinn Hinman, northern region historic sites manager for the State Historical Society of North Dakota. There are also added exhibits and programming now open to the public.
A young albino bison was introduced to the herd at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown on Friday.
Leaders of a nonprofit bus depot in Jamestown, said a lack of anticipated revenue and inconvenient volunteer hours have resulted in closing the bus depot on Thursday. In the fall of 2015 the nonprofit Jamestown Bus Stop Inc. established a bus shelter and ticket office for Jefferson Lines at 119 2nd Ave. SE. An average of 100 people a month were able to wait for buses out of the weather and in a safe environment, said Alden Kollman, board member of Jamestown Bus Stop Inc.
A retired public school music teacher says providing violin lessons to prison inmates is its own reward and fulfilment. Donna Nannenga teaches violin, viola and cello at James River Correctional Center. She taught 75 students at the prison from 2002-15 when she stopped counting and estimates the number is now closer to 100. "Once a teacher, always a teacher," Nannenga said.
The appearance of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in Stutsman County has led to a second riding event cancellation. The St. Judes Ride and Roast Beef Supper scheduled for June 9 was cancelled after three horses showing advanced symptoms of EHM were euthanized this month, said Betty Job, president of the Windsor Horse Club. The first horse put down was tested and confirmed to have the disease, she said. "The horses belonged to my sister's herd," Job said.
After 50 years in business, the sale of Vining Oil to a Fargo partnership was effective May 15. The new owner is CBF Oil Inc., a three-member partnership of Brent Nerland and Charles Crary of Fargo-based Kotaco Fuels Inc. and Fred Huckstorf, a contractor and truckstop owner in Alexandria, Minn.