In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Aug. 29, 2022

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

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Jamestown Tourism Executive Director Searle Swedlund talks about what a partnership between Jamestown Tourism and the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commercer would look like.
Masaki Ova / The Jamestown Sun
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Board approves partnership between Jamestown Tourism, chamber

The Jamestown Tourism Board of Directors unanimously approved on Monday, Aug. 29, a partnership between Jamestown Tourism and the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce . The board also unanimously approved ending the search process for an executive director.

Jamestown Tourism Executive Director Searle Swedlund submitted his resignation in August . His last day will be Sept. 9.

With the shared resource model, Emily Bivens, executive director of the chamber, would assume the role of managing the two entities. Jamestown Tourism would have two staff members, one for marketing and the other for sites and working with all tourism sites.

Jamestown Tourism and the chamber will both retain their 501(c)6 status.

Jamestown Tourism is a publicly-funded entity and receives funds from hospitality taxes and the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. The chamber receives its revenue from membership fees, the North Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles fees and committees and events.


Swedlund said with the shared resources model, the cost and duties would be shared for the executive director and marketing positions. All employees under Jamestown Tourism would become employed by the chamber.

Bylaw and board structures for both entities will change. Jamestown Tourism will retain a five- to nine-member board, while the chamber retains a nine- to 11-member board.

Sun archives move to University of Jamestown

A piece of history left The Jamestown Sun building on Monday, Aug. 29, when more than 20 football players from the University of Jamestown took The Sun archives to the campus .

Paul Olson, UJ provost, said the university agreed to take The Sun archives because it was important to keep them in Jamestown.

Sun Publisher Rob Keller said it was a natural fit for the university to take the archives because UJ has been an icon in the community for almost as long as the first newspaper in North Dakota.

Forum Communications Co., the current owner, purchased The Sun from American Publishing in October 2000.

The Sun sold its building to Grainline Investments LLC in August. Grainline Investments LLC is partnering with a brewery crew and a little more than half of the building will be used for the brewery. The Sun will rent about 2,000 square feet for its operations.

Keller cited a lack of storage space and having E-editions – an online version of the newspaper – as reasons to ask the university to accept the Sun archives.


Olson said the archives won’t be available initially to the public. 

Taiwan officials visit ND to build connections with stakeholders

The director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver visited North Dakota because the state has vibrant technology development, especially in unmanned aircraft systems, and he aims to build connections with industrial stakeholders , academic institutions and research centers.

Rep. Bernie Satrom, R-Jamestown, said he invited Huang and Jeffrey Liu, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, while he was at a legislative conference in Wichita, Kansas. He said he’s always looking for opportunities to show off North Dakota and help others understand the opportunities that are available in the state.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office represents Taiwan in the U.S. and promotes economic and cultural cooperation with the U.S.

Huang said it is important to talk to stakeholders and find business opportunities for companies from the U.S. and North Dakota and Taiwan to be potential partners.

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