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In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Aug. 22, 2022

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

Block Party Crowd MAIN PHOTO
Thousands attended the Community Block Party on Wednesday, Aug. 24, on Main Street in Jamestown.
Masaki Ova / The Jamestown Sun
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The following are stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.

Proposal could make Jamestown a host site for state tournaments

The Jamestown Civic Center and Promotion Committee in a 4-0 vote recommended approval to get bids for a new basketball floor for the Civic Center, which is estimated at $175,000.

The Jamestown Civic Center and Promotion Committee also recommended approval to purchase bleachers for additional seating of 200 people on the east end of the Civic Center. The cost is estimated at $22,000.

If approved by the City Council, the funds will be taken from the city sales tax fund.

The decision to get a new basketball court and bleachers will depend on the North Dakota High School Activities Association’s decision to move to a three-class basketball system that could start in the 2023-24 school year.

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If the proposal that was presented to the North Dakota High School Activity Association to move to a three-class system is approved, the Class A and B state tournaments will be held the first weekend in March and will rotate between Minot, Grand Forks and Jamestown. Jamestown would host a tournament two out of three years since Grand Forks is only available every other year because it hosts hockey tournaments.

Average weekly wage increases by 3.2% in Stutsman County

The average weekly wage from 2020 to 2021 in Stutsman County increased the most in accommodation and food services, information, finance and insurance, construction, wholesale trade industries and other services except public administration, according to the 2021 employment and wages by industry report completed by Job Service North Dakota.

The average weekly wage in Stutsman County is $937, which increased by 3.2% from 2020.

The report shows increases in average weekly wages in the following industries:

  • accommodation and food services, 10.3% from $340 to $375.
  • information, 10.3% from $885 to $976.
  • finance and insurance, 10% from $1,355 to $1,491.
  • construction wages, 9.9% from $983 to $1,080.
  • wholesale trade industries, 7% from $1,281 to $1,371.

The report uses data from 2021 and is compiled using results from quarterly unemployment insurance contribution reports.
Stutsman County ranks 24th out of 53 counties in the state for an average annual wage of about $48,700. The state average is about $56,850 per year.

Board approves reduction of parking spaces for Dollar General

The Jamestown Board of Adjustment approved on Wednesday, Aug. 24, a reduction in parking spaces for a potential new store at 424 4th Ave. NE in Jamestown.

Dollar General Corp. requested a reduction in parking spaces from 71 to 60.

Dollar General has applied for a zoning map amendment. The property at 424 4th Ave. NE is currently zoned a general multiple dwelling district, and Dollar General requested a change to a local commercial district.

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Community Block Party draws thousands to downtown Jamestown

Thousands of people took to downtown Jamestown on Wednesday, Aug. 24, as the community welcomed new University of Jamestown students at the annual Community Block Party.

The annual event held on First Avenue helps new UJ students get familiar with what businesses and organizations are in the community. Businesses and organizations set up booths on Main Street and give away food, drinks, prizes and information.

The event drew 125 booths consisting of different businesses, organizations and agencies.

Collins Aerospace to expand cargo systems facility

Collins Aerospace held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, Aug. 25, on an expansion of its cargo systems facility in Jamestown.

The 20,000-square-foot addition is the first of a four-phase expansion plan to modernize operations, add needed manufacturing space and best position the facility to meet current and increasing processing needs, according to Collins Aerospace officials. The first phase of the expansion is expected to be completed by May 2023 with the entire project expected to be completed by 2027.

The Jamestown expansion includes space for a new state-of-the-art chemical processing and paint lines designed to maximize operational efficiency, improve site ergonomics and provide customers with expedited delivery schedules, according to Collins Aerospace officials.

Collins Aerospace will be the first tenant in the JMS Aviation Park. JMS is the Federal Aviation Administration code for the Jamestown Regional Airport.

Committee recommends approval of vehicle purchases

The Jamestown Police and Fire Committee unanimously recommended approval on Thursday, Aug. 25, to accept a bid from Guardian Fleet Safety to replace four patrol vehicles for a total of more than $188,700.

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The bid from Guardian Fleet Safety includes the purchase of four 2023 Ford Interceptors and installation of law enforcement equipment. The final total cost will depend on the trade-in value of the four patrol vehicles and installation of law enforcement safety equipment.

The Jamestown City Council will need to make final approval of the purchase.

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