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Jamestown Public School District received a $404,125 grant to help students improve reading skills, said Kirsten Baesler, superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. The Striving Readers grant from the U.S. Department of Education will be used to aid students in early childhood and kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school, Baesler said in the announcement. Jamestown is one of 15 North Dakota school districts awarded a total $27.3 million in grants over three years, she said.
Quilters working on a community quilting project will tie things up at the Downtown Arts Market on Thursday. For several weeks the quilting ministry of St. John's Lutheran Church has invited the public to make a square for three quilts that were put together at the Downtown Arts Market each Thursday. "It was supposed to be for the kids but we had quite a few adults," said Gayle Lange, member of the quilting ministry. "We thought it was absolutely wonderful."
The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday acted to resolve a billing dispute over hourly ice time and resurfacing fees with James River Figure Skating Club. The commission voted unanimously to direct Jamestown Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hogan to contact the skating club board regarding $7,630 in outstanding ice time bills from the previous season for figure skating and a hockey fundamentals program. Hogan is to attempt to resolve the contract and payment issue prior to the skating club's Sept. 4 start date, according to the commission action.
On her first visit to Mary's Place domestic violence shelter in Jamestown on Thursday, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., discussed community-centric approaches to related issues with local leaders. A community effort made it possible for Mary's Place to provide transitional housing and services for victims of domestic violence in the area, Heitkamp said. Federal efforts such as the Violence Against Women Act and other legislation for transitional housing and pro-bono legal services have helped to reduce domestic violence and related traumatic situations, she said.
Depending on who you ask, anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of rain fell on Ellendale on July 19. Damage to 24 homes along with churches and businesses has slipped through the cracks and needs to be addressed, said Charlie Russell, Dickey County emergency manager. Some homes are uninhabitable until repaired but the scenario is considered an "uninsurable damage incident," by disaster agencies and insurers, he said. "This type of damage falls under no agency's umbrella to help," Russell said.
The Jamestown Public School Board on Friday approved a bond schedule that would delay a tax levy for one year should a special election succeed in September.
Becky Thatcher-Keller said the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce is in good shape as she plans retirement at the end of August. "We have a good base and for a town of our size we have a good chamber membership," she said. "A lot of larger towns don't have as many members as we do." After building a networking base and a membership of around 150 members, Thatcher-Keller said the long hours as executive director are catching up to her. Her husband Allan is already retired and the two plan to live in Linton, N.D.
If you go What: Benefit concert for Robert Murphy When: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 523 4th Ave SE, Jamestown Details: Musical performance for expenses related to Murphy’s medical care
Painting technique that reveals inner life is the focus of a new exhibit at the Jamestown Art Center. "Hooshang Khorasani: Energy and Flow," opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 15. The paintings include Khorasani's favorite subjects, flowers and horses, which capture a subtle inner energy through layering of texture and color with strong brushwork, said Sally Jeppson, gallery manager.
There are no strings attached, according to three Jamestown teens who are giving away free bag lunches every weekday through Aug. 22 in front of Temple Baptist Church. "We are providing free lunches for anyone who needs one, just because," said Annika Tweten, 15. The teens, who are Temple Baptist Church members, said the church supported them but the lunch giveaway was on their own initiative. The three were volunteering for the Fill the Backpack campaign that ended in July, and said they just wanted to do some more good before the start of the new school year.