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In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Aug. 8, 2022

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

The Jamestown Sun building
Grainline Investments LLC is purchasing The Jamestown Sun building. A brewery will house about 7,250 square feet of the building and The Jamestown Sun will rent office space for its operations.
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The following are stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.

Request fails to move forward with constructing storage building

A request to move forward with constructing a heated 150-by-60-foot storage building for the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office failed for the second time in two months during a special meeting of the Stutsman County Commission.

The proposed new storage building would have cost more than $1.2 million to construct if the county commission moved forward on the bid. The storage building would have been built using American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Kaiser said a counteroffer by Stutsman County to purchase the Ringdahl EMS building with a triple net lease with the seller was declined.

JSDC approves funding to purchase Sun building for brewery

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors unanimously approved a Flex PACE interest buydown funding request of more than $68,500 to Grainline Investments LLC to be used toward the purchase of The Jamestown Sun building for a brewery.

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If approved by the Jamestown City Council and Stutsman County Commission, the city of Jamestown’s share will be more than $54,800 with Stutsman County’s share being more than $13,700.

Nick Bruns, co-owner of Grainline Investments, said the building is being purchased to partner with a brewery crew . He said the brewery will house about 7,250 square feet of the more than 14,000-square-foot building, and The Jamestown Sun will rent about 2,000 square feet for its operations.

Construction starts for new Anne Carlsen Center facility

Dirt has been moved at the future site of Anne Carlsen Center’s new facility , and the hope is to have a camera in place soon so people can stay updated on the status of the project.

The Anne Carlsen Center is working with its construction manager so a construction camera can be set up to keep the community excited about the new facility and to be open about the progress of the project.

The plan is for ACC staff to move into the facility by February 2024.

The project cost has grown to $57 million after adjusting for increasing material costs, supply chain challenges, workforce issues and other factors.

ACC is planning phase two to begin shortly after staff occupy the new facility, said Tim Eissinger, CEO. Phase two includes adding a gym, more classrooms, a larger separate equipment storage facility and other features necessary for growth.

Breaching perimeter, bringing firearms poses dangers to law enforcement

Breaching a perimeter and citizens bringing firearms to a standoff are dangerous not just to law enforcement but also to the general public and themselves, said Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police.

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Edinger said during a standoff incident on Aug. 4 he wasn’t the only law enforcement officer who saw citizens threatening to bring guns and wanting to take matters into their own hands.

He said armed citizens have no training or understanding in dealing with James Valley Special Operations Team tactics during a standoff. He also said the dangers of people driving through a perimeter of an area law enforcement agencies determine to manage a situation to protect the public and themselves include obstructing law enforcement’s line of sight of the individual involved in the standoff among other problems.

Board members, director to meet with facilitator to resolve issues

James River Valley Library System Director Joe Rector and board member Pam Phillips along with Stutsman County Commissioner Joan Morris will meet together with a facilitator Monday, Aug. 15, to resolve issues that surfaced at the county commission’s special meeting on Friday, Aug. 5.

Morris, who is an appointed member of the library board, moved at the county commission’s meeting to keep the library system’s funding from Stutsman County the same as the previous year and to encourage the library board to close the Stutsman County Library to visitors, leaving Alfred Dickey Public Library open to the public. The issue was not on the county commission’s agenda on Aug. 5, so no action was taken to encourage the library board to close Stutsman County Library.

The county commission denied the library system’s request for a $60,000 increase to its budget, which would have restored the amount cut last year.

The information Morris shared with the county commission included the number of patrons who came to the county library over five days and the library tax per person for residents in Jamestown and Stutsman County.

Rector and Phillips said after the library board meeting that nobody on the board was notified that Morris would present information about the Stutsman County Library at the meeting. Rector said he was notified about the special meeting one hour and 15 minutes before the meeting.

Man involved in standoff faces multiple felony charges

Kevin Gene Garnica, 41, no confirmed address, who was arrested after an hours-long standoff on Aug. 4 in Jamestown, is facing three felony charges , according to court documents filed in Southeast District Court.

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Court documents state Garnica was charged with terrorizing, felonious restraint and possession of drug paraphernalia, Class C felonies, and preventing arrest or discharge of other duties, ingesting a controlled substance and prohibited acts, Class A misdemeanors.

Garnica is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on Sept. 7 in Southeast District Court.

Garnica is in the Stutsman County Correctional Center, according to the county jail inmate roster. Bail was set at $250,000 cash.

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