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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.
Rising gas prices have led to conflicting forecasts for Memorial Day weekend travel. As of May 24, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was averaging $2.89 in Jamestown, which is 23 cents higher than one month ago and 53 cents higher than one year ago, according to GasBuddy.com, an online provider of real-time fuel pricing information and crowd-sourced information. A gallon of standard diesel fuel was averaging $3.09. Gas prices across the nation range from $2.41 to $3.51 per gallon and are increasing weekly, according to GasBuddy.com.
The Jamestown Public School Board and the administrators agreed to a one-year contract Wednesday, after both sides agreed to a 0.75 percent salary increase for the 2018-19 school year. This fourth negotiation meeting is a bit unusual for an administrator contract but it worked out well, said Roger Haut, president and lead negotiator for the School Board. "It's good to have the contracts going forward," Haut said. "The administrators came down and we split the difference between our half-percent offer and their 1 percent."
The Farm Business Management Program has found a new home in higher education, according to a report Monday at the Jamestown Public School Board. North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, has been approved to manage the program that will continue to be offered through the James Valley Career & Technology Center in Jamestown, said Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public School District. "They have taken over the programs in the past, and they've been successful," Lech said.
Family of a murdered Jamestown woman said they appreciated the candlelight vigil Saturday night but the emotions over her sudden, violent death were just to much. Nicole Halia'aloha Gututala, 25, was shot and killed May 12 while sitting in her car in the parking lot of her Jamestown apartment. Her ex-husband Kevin Hoff, 27, Montpelier, has been charged with her murder. "He took her from us," said Gututala's sister, Shayna. "Please help us get justice for Nicole and her babies. This wasn't fair. It wasn't her fault."
Power was out at 10 homes Thursday evening after an equipment failure caused a power line pole fire in southeast Jamestown, according to Rebecca Michael, communications specialist in public relations at Otter Tail Power Co.
Rain and thunderstorms Thursday and Friday could total nearly 2 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck. The Jamestown Regional Airport precipitation observation was 0.93 inches at 4:42 p.m. Thursday, said Bill Abeling, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The evening rain could add another 0.25 to 0.5 inches with another .25 inches possible on Friday, he said.
After months of preparation, work has started to improve the lower level children’s area of Alfred Dickey Library in Jamestown. The lower level children’s section of the library closed on Monday for a week of work that is mostly about creating more flexible use space for reading, technology and activities, said Joe Rector, executive director of the James River Valley Library System. Until now the room occupation limit was about 30 kids and it got very crowded, he said.
The executive board of South Central Dakota Regional Council on Monday unanimously approved Community Development Block Grant funds to four municipal projects and a child care initiative project through a separate loan fund. Kim Lees, secretary-treasurer, was not present. The CDBG projects are: * $100,000 Community Development Block Grant funds toward an affordable housing renovation in Barnes County.