In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Dec. 12, 2022

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

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A mail carrier works Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, in blustery Jamestown.
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The following stories from this week appeared on and in The Jamestown Sun.

Jamestown resident celebrates 102nd birthday

The key to living longer than a century is not going out and drinking every Saturday, according to Florence Maurer, who celebrated her 102nd birthday Friday, Dec. 9.

“I didn’t go drinking every Saturday night,” she said. “I stayed home, so I got good health. … I didn’t go out nightclubbing and raising hell although I like that a little bit. I was a pretty clean-cut kid when I was growing up.”

Maurer, a Jamestown resident, celebrated her birthday Dec. 9 with friends and family at SMP Health - Ave Maria.

Maurer grew up around Pingree, North Dakota, and also spent time in Jamestown and Medina, North Dakota. Maurer’s mother died before she turned 4 years old, so she was raised by four “tough” brothers and her father as well as spending time with her grandma in Jamestown and her “mean” aunt in Medina.


Program approved to help child care providers

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors unanimously approved on Monday, Dec. 12, the Daycare Expansion Assistance Program to help new child care startups and existing remodeling projects that directly increase capacity.

There will be $50,000 made available for the pilot program on a first-come, first-serve basis with approval from the Jamestown City Council and Stutsman County Commision. If approved, the city of Jamestown’s share will be $40,000 and Stutsman County’s share will be $10,000.

The pilot program is a 1-to-1 match and cannot exceed $10,000 in matching funds, according to JSDC’s guidelines and terms and conditions. Eligible items the funds can be used for include fixtures, furniture, equipment and construction-related costs.

The project must be a licensed child care facility or be in the process of getting licensed through the state of North Dakota. Providers who receive funding must remain in operation for a minimum of two years from the application date, and failure to do so will result in a prorated return of grant dollars to the JSDC.

1,000 meals planned for Christmas dinner

Organizers of the Community Christmas Dinner are planning to serve at least 1,000 meals .

Volunteers of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner served a record 1,060 meals this year. Last year, volunteers of the Community Christmas Dinner served a record 850 meals through deliveries and its drive-thru system.

Volunteers will serve a meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, corn, cranberries and dessert from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Victory Lutheran Church.

This year, there are three options to get a free meal. There will be limited seating up to 100 people at the church. Individuals can also get meals delivered to their home or go through the church’s drive-thru system.


Meal debt at JPS accumulates after waiver expires

Meal debt at Jamestown Public Schools has accumulated since the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service’s nationwide waiver to allow the Seamless Summer Option expired. The waiver allowed schools to serve meals to all students free of charge.

As of Monday, Dec. 12, the accumulated meal debt at the Jamestown Public School District was almost $14,000, according to Superintendent Rob Lech. He said the balance at the end of the year will look different as people catch up on paying for school lunches.

He said the accumulated meal debt includes 271 families with a balance due. He said the 271 student accounts in a negative balance include 125 under $25, 69 between $25 to $50 and 77 above $50.

Weather impacts Jamestown area

A winter storm dropped 13 inches of snow Tuesday through Friday morning, Dec. 13-16, in Jamestown.

The 9 inches of snow that fell Tuesday into Wednesday morning had a moisture content of 0.6 inch. Another 4 inches of snow fell Wednesday into Friday morning, according to measurements taken at the North Dakota State Hospital.

A blizzard warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Bismarck Thursday and was extended to Friday, Dec. 16. The blizzard warning said winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

The storm caused the closure of Interstate 94 from Dickinson to Fargo and other highways across the state.

City attorney to negotiate agreement for property

The Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee in a 4-0 vote directed the city attorney to review and negotiate a control agreement with Stride Development for property located on the same block to the west of City Hall.


Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said Stride Development asked for an agreement with the city of Jamestown for the property so the company can apply for federal grants and tax credits to build a multi-unit apartment complex that includes for-purchase condominium units on the top floor.

“In order to do that they have to have control of the property on which the building would be built,” Heinrich said.

Heinrich said the city will ask City Attorney Leo Ryan to create a draft of the agreement and have the Jamestown City Council potentially review it at its meeting in January.

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