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The first day of Jamestown's annual residential citywide cleanup resulted in 172,160 pounds or 86.08 tons of discarded items that was picked up from the city's southeast neighborhoods, according to Joey Cotton, the scale clerk at the baling facility. The Monday total is 29.42 tons more than the 56.66 tons of debris picked up the first day of the 2017 cleanup. The 2017 Monday total was 3 tons more than the 2016 total.
High winds and low humidity on Sunday caused a smoldering fire to reignite and spread to pasture land just north of Pipestem Lake, according to Jamestown Rural Fire Department. Stutsman County Communications Center received a call regarding a small grass fire at 3023 80th Ave. SE and dispatched JRFD at 12:55 p.m. JRFD was on scene with 10 firefighters and five trucks at 1:06 p.m.
Local law enforcement trained recently in gaining control and dispersing party situations, according to organizers with South Central Human Service Center Region VI. The training involved health and law enforcement agencies from the nine-member counties, said Shannon Kaiser, substance abuse program coordinator at Central Valley Health in Jamestown and coordinator of the Partnership for Success grant through the North Dakota Department of Human Services. The counties are Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells.
Growing up as the most tech-advantaged generation also presents challenges to faith and values, according to youth who take part in activities at James Valley Youth For Christ. Generation Z, youth born between 1999 and 2015, is coming of age in a world of radical cultural shifts from technological advancement, demographic change and political or social realities, according to a 2017 Barna Group survey of spiritual influences.
The Frontier Village Association will look at budgeting its executive director and maintenance positions, according to a special meeting on Wednesday. The FVA voted 5-0 to direct Tina Busche, secretary-treasurer, to draft a budget that will allow Executive Director Nichole Mosolf to work approximately four to six days before, during and after a planned Dakota Thunder Burn-outs event on June 9 at Stutsman County Fairgrounds. FVA members Kay Benson, Jay Mickelson and Jay Diemert were not present.
Becoming a volunteer fireman was about giving back and a good way for a 20-year-old newcomer to get involved with the community in 1974, said Deputy Chief Howard Larson of the Jamestown Fire Department. Forty-three years later Larson has climbed the ranks and was a member of all the specialty teams at one time or another from rescue diving to crash response. He said joining JFD is still about his ability to give and provide skills and experience. "That's why I joined, to help," Larson said. "I've always enjoyed the Fire Department - as long as I was able to do it."
Following through on new curriculum design, the Kensal Public School held its first STEAM competition on Thursday. STEAM (science, technology, art/design, engineering and math) is the method many schools are using as a 21st century school, said Amy Joseph, the Kensal school math, science and social studies teacher and STEAM coordinator.
For 60 years the World's Largest Buffalo monument has been the anchor for Jamestown tourism efforts, and perhaps it's time for local businesses and agencies to work together on an interactive and immersive visitor experience, said Searle Swedlund, executive director of Jamestown Tourism, in his report to the board on Monday.
University of Jamestown President Dr. Polly Peterson was presented with the 2018 Outstanding Women Leaders Award on April 7 during the Jamestown Zonta Club's third annual event at Harold Newman Arena. The 2018 OWL event was a success as a ceremony to inspire others, said Mary Lou Urquhart, Zonta member and chair of the OWL committee. The goal is for this momentum to carry on with increasing attendance and recognition for women leaders in the community, she said.