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In case you missed it in The Jamestown Sun the week of May 23

Stories from the previous week that appeared on jamestownsun.com and The Jamestown Sun.

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More precipitation fills water bodies, good for fish populations

All of the rain that Jamestown has received will be good for fish populations but could make it more difficult for anglers to catch them .

Jamestown has received almost 8.8 inches of rain in April and May combined as of Friday morning, May 27, according to measurements taken at the North Dakota State Hospital.

The runoff from the winter melt combined with the precipitation has filled previously dry habitats with grass and weeds and created good habitats for fish spawning. Vegetation provides good food and protective cover for young fry and fingerlings.

Committee recommends city attorney craft agreement

The Jamestown Finance & Legal Committee unanimously approved allowing City Attorney Leo Ryan to proceed with crafting a right of first refusal or an option agreement for the Jamestown Southwest Second Addition Outlot A .

Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said at the meeting Tuesday, May 24, the city of Jamestown needs to protect itself and the landowner of Outlot A in case the city decides to purchase the land sometime in the future for a possible road. He said the city isn’t agreeing to anything other than to have its city attorney draft some paperwork. He said it would not be a purchase agreement.

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Ryan said after the meeting he will have to find a price and some terms that the city of Jamestown and the owner of the outlot can agree on.

An outlot is a parcel of land that is commonly used by a city for the city's interest and not for the construction of a building. The creation of the outlot gives the city of Jamestown financial flexibility if a potential infrastructure project does not move forward.

Woman who ran across all 50 states celebrates remission

A 61-year-old Jamestown woman who has run across every state in the U.S. and her grandchildren rang the bell at the Jamestown Fire Department Monday, May 23, to mark one year since she has been in remission from stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma .

Helene Neville is a registered nurse, grandmother, writer, speaker and athlete who ran for a total of 13,850 miles over nine years beginning in 2010.

Neville is a traveling nurse who started an assignment in Bismarck in September 2020, and she became ill and was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma that had already spread to her liver and spleen. Her diagnosis was followed by a case of COVID, sepsis and shingles, and her chemotherapy was delayed for six weeks. She went through six rounds of chemotherapy in CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck and two rounds at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo.

Arts Center partnering on economic study

The Arts Center in Jamestown is participating in a national study called Arts & Economic Prosperity 6, of the nation’s nonprofits arts and culture industry . The national study provides local data to the communities that are participating.

People who participate in online-only study can help The Arts Center leverage future funding, said Mindi Schmitz, executive director. She said people who participate in the online-only study can build a narrative about The Arts Center’s economic impact to its community.

People attending any Arts Center events will be encouraged to use the available QR code to participate in the online survey. Individuals can fill out the survey for each class or activity. The survey questions are the same for all events and activities.

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Fire destroys sheds, small granaries in rural Courtenay

The Jamestown Rural Fire Department responded to a fire about 20 miles north of Jamestown on Wednesday, May 25, that destroyed multiple machine sheds and small granaries.

JRFD responded to a call at about 12:30 p.m. to provide mutual aid to the Courtenay Rural Fire District at 8645 16th St. SE, Courtenay. When the JRFD arrived on scene, Courtenay Rural Fire and Wimbledon Fire Protection District had everything under control.

About five to six machine sheds and small granaries that were in close proximity to each other are a total loss, said Brian Paulson, Jamestown rural fire chief.

Committee split on realignment design for 12th Avenue SE improvements

The Jamestown Public Works Committee was split 2-2 on wh at realignment design to recommend for proposed improvements for 12th Avenue Southeast from 3rd Street to 6th Street Southeast.

Councilman David Schloegel was not present at the meeting Thursday, May 26.

The city of Jamestown, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, is proposing roadway improvement to 12th Avenue Southeast. The purpose of the project is to correct the structural integrity of the roadway, improve traffic flows from northeast to southeast Jamestown and minimize safety risks at the existing BNSF railroad quiet zone crossing.

The City Council must have a decision made on what alternative it recommends for proposed improvements for 12th avenue Southeast from 3rd Street to 6th Street Southeast to the NDDOT by June 10 or it will miss its bidding deadlines from the NDDOT.

Mayor Dwaine Heinrich and Councilman Dan Buchanan chose the alternative design to realign 12th Avenue Southeast to 11 1/2 Avenue Southeast and connect to 3rd Street Southeast. A new road would be created at the intersection of 12th Avenue and 5th Street Southeast that would curve to the northwest to 4th Street Southeast and then go north to 3rd Street. Fourth Street would also extend east and connect to 11 1/2 Avenue.

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Councilmen David Steele and Brian Kamlitz chose the alternative design to realign 12th Avenue Southeast to the intersection of 11th Avenue and 4th Street Southeast. A new road would be created at the intersection of 12th Avenue and 5th Street Southeast that would curve northwest toward the intersection of 11th Avenue and 4th Street Southeast.

The City Council will hold a special meeting to decide what its recommendation will be to the NDDOT. The date for the special meeting has not been determined.

Corps receives $136.5 million to complete Pipestem project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received $136.5 million to complete the Pipestem Dam safety modification project.

Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., announced the funding for the project on Thursday, May 26. The funding comes in addition to the $40 million the Corps of Engineers received last year to initiate construction of the Pipestem Dam safety modification project.

The Pipestem Dam safety modification project consists of building a concrete terminal structure on the downstream end of Pipestem Creek and filling in the eroded areas with concrete. The downstream end of Pipestem Creek is where erosion could happen because of a drop-off.

The Jamestown Sun reported in November the cost of the project’s construction to be between $100 million and $200 million, which depends on the accepted contractor bid. The plan was for the project to be fully funded this fiscal year so the Corps of Engineers can award a construction contract before Sept. 30, Fassero said in November.

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