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International exchange students in Jamestown and area schools include one each from China and Spain and three more from Germany. The students are here through the Academic Year in America program through the American Institute for Foreign Study. Ken and Cathy Scott of Spiritwood, coordinator of the Academic Year in America program, are hosting Zhixuan "Annie" Zhang, a junior exchange student from Hangzhou province near Shanghai in southeast China, who is attending Jamestown High School. "I like to travel and I wanted to see the U.S.," Zhang said.
A flyer and a fitness walking map highlighting the Talking Trail project sites are now available, Jamestown Tourism Board learned Monday. Jamestown Tourism officially opened Talking Trail project earlier this month. The 70 sites in and around Jamestown and in Wimbledon are identified with signage. Each site has a phone number to call and hear a 2-minute recorded story of cultural or historical importance. All are now listed on a flyer, along with the numbers for people to call.
Voter fraud and secure voting machine data are contentious issues that most recently have been raised by presidential candidate Donald Trump, but the Stutsman County auditor's office says the county and state are prepared for the Nov. 8 general election. North Dakota does not have voter registration, and a federal court ruled against its voter ID law in August. The state will continue to allow four verification methods to vote.
The Jamestown Tourism Grant and Executive Advisory Board heard from five organizations with project requests for the City Promotion Capital Construction Fund at its Thursday meeting. The projects include designer bike racks at Hansen Arts Park, a video orientation room at the National Buffalo Museum, concrete for a sensory garden path in Solien-DeNault Park, an exhibit room for the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse and building renovations at Frontier Village.
MEDINA—Three area fire departments worked to extinguish a fire at the Medina Farmers Union Grain Co. elevator Sunday night. Stutsman County Communications Center dispatched the Medina Fire Department to a possible fire at the elevator at 7:39 p.m. Fire department personnel confirmed to the communications center that smoke was coming out of the top of the elevator at around 7:43 p.m.
Jamestown Public School District is acknowledging National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month with information, activities and programs throughout October, but as an important issue bullying deserves attention all year long, administrators say. "We appreciate opportunities to provide a special focus to bullying prevention, but this is really something that we strive to focus on each and every day," said Robert Lech, superintendent. "The key is working to develop school culture, operating your bullying prevention programs with fidelity and being consistent."
A proposed site for a marksmanship education range will need zoning change approval before the idea can get off the ground. Jamestown Marksmanship Education Range Inc. announced Friday that it is in negotiations for approximately 40 acres of cropland that it would like to use for an indoor and outdoor range facility. The land, owned by Reuben and Clarice Liechty, is about 3 miles south of Jamestown at 84th Avenue and 39th Street Southeast.
After more than a year of work, the Talking Trail project is completed with 70 sites ready for use in the Jamestown area and at Wimbledon, according to Jamestown Tourism. The Talking Trail project allows visitors to hear 2-minute audio stories about the specific locations or other community history by cellphone.
Security improvements continue to be made at Frontier Village, the Frontier Village Association Board learned at their meeting Thursday. Nellie Degen, FVA acting president, said she met with Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger and provided him with gate keys to allow patrols of the village. She said Stutsman County Communications Center was provided with access to security camera feeds to alert officers of possible situations prior to entering the village.
Jamestown has a new bison-related attraction, though it remains to be seen if it will be temporary or permanent. "Herd Bull," a bronze bison skull by Montana artist Benji Daniels, was set on a slope across the entrance to the National Buffalo Museum on Friday, where it will sit for the winter while the museum decides whether or not to purchase the $160,000 piece. "It's where I want it to be," Daniels said. "I just hope that we can work it all out and it becomes part of the museum, forever."