In case you missed it in The Jamestown Sun the week of May 30
Stories from the previous week that appeared on jamestownsun.com and The Jamestown Sun.
Observances held in Jamestown on Memorial Day
Jamestown residents remembered those who died in service to their country Monday, May 30.
The Jamestown Drum and Bugle Corps performed patriotic music and the American Legion and VFW Color Guard presented the U.S. and other flags. Gold Star and Blue Star families were recognized.
Mark Joy, an ordained minister and retired American history professor who taught at the University of Jamestown, spoke at the Memorial Day Program at Club 1883 in Jamestown. A wreath was lowered as part of a naval ceremony into the James River at the Nickeus Park bridge, and a rifle salute, taps and prayers were said with more ceremonies conducted at Jamestown cemeteries and at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall at Fort Seward.
More schools qualify for program while funding stays the same
The hours will be reduced for an afterschool program that will be used in four Jamestown Public School District elementary schools for the upcoming school year because the annual amount per student is reducing each year to run the program.
It will cost an estimated additional $80,000 for the 2022-23 school year to run the North Dakota 21 Century Community Learning Center program at Lincoln, Louis L’Amour, Roosevelt and Washington elementary schools in Jamestown until 6 p.m. five days per week. Instead, the South East Education Cooperative will operate the Community Learning Center program at the four elementary schools from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for the 2022-23 school year.
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction receives $6 million per year in federal funding and hosts a grant cycle to award funds to community-based organizations, school districts or Regional Education Associations. More schools have continued to qualify to participate in the Community Learning Center program, which cost $3,800 per student for the 2021-22 school year and summer and was provided $1,134 per student.
Voters to decide Jamestown races, candidates for general election
Voters will decide which candidates will appear on the fall general election ballot as well as races for mayor, Jamestown City Council, Jamestown Public School Board and Jamestown Parks and Recreation during the primary election cycle.
The polls for early voting are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 6-10, at the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown. The polls are open during the noon lunch hour.
Voters will cast ballots for mayor, one Jamestown City Council position, municipal judge, three seats on the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission, three city seats and two rural seats on the Jamestown Public School Board and decide which candidates will appear on the fall general election ballot.Winners in races for city and school board seats will be decided in the June 14 primary election.
JHS sophomores score above state average in NDSA
Jamestown High School sophomores scored above the state average in math, science and English language arts of the North Dakota State Assessment.
In math, 170 JHS students scored an average of 634 points compared to the state average of 602 and were 46% proficient compared to the state average of 28%.
In science, 170 JHS students scored an average of 1,008 points compared to the state average of 998 and were 62% proficient compared to the 47% state average.
In English language arts, 170 JHS students scored an average of 697 points compared to the state average of 655 and were 76% proficient compared to the 43% state average.
Lincoln Elementary receives grant, purchases STEM kits
Lincoln Elementary School in Jamestown recently received five STEM kits that were made possible after the school received a $2,500 Monsanto grant, which is made possible by the Bayer fund.
The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) kits were purchased from the National Inventors Hall of Fame’s Club Invention program. The kits allow students to be creative and learn new STEM skills.
City Council recommends 11th Avenue SE alternative design
The Jamestown City Council approved recommending to the North Dakota Department of Transportation an alternative design to realign 12th Avenue Southeast to the intersection of 11th Avenue and 4th Street Southeast . The alternative realignment design was recommended for proposed improvements to 12th Avenue Southeast from 3rd Street to 6th Street Southeast.
The City Council had to decide before June 10 what alternative realignment design it recommends because the city of Jamestown has to submit its recommendation to the NDDOT by that date or it will miss its bidding deadline from the state agency.
The proposed project consists of reconstructing 12th Avenue Southeast from 3rd Street to 6th Street Southeast with a potential realignment between 3rd and 5th Street Southeast. The 11th Avenue Southeast alternative design calls for a new road to 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.
Green Bison Soy Processing breaks ground on soybean crushing plant
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday, June 2, for the Green Bison Soy Processing facility that will be located at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park about 10 miles east of Jamestown.
Green Bison Soy Processing is a 75%-25% venture between Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Marathon Petroleum Corp., respectively. The $350 million soybean processing facility will process about 150,000 bushels of soybeans per day.
The facility is North Dakota’s first-ever dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery and is expected to be online by the 2023 harvest.