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In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Dec. 19, 2022

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

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Kristi Lloyd, center, interventionist at Lincoln Elementary School, guides students on where they can shop during the "Giving Store" sale in her classroom on Monday, Dec. 19. Students could purchase a special gift for a special someone for Christmas on Monday, Dec. 19, at Lincoln Elementary School. The school had a "Giving Store" on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 20, in which students could purchase a gift that cost 25 cents to give to someone else.
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The following stories from this week appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.

Stutsman County area under dangerous wind chills

The National Weather Service in Bismarck issued a wind chill warning Monday, Dec. 19, that brought dangerous to life-threatening wind chills to the James River Valley.

A wind chill warning was issued Monday, Dec. 19, and was in effect until noon Saturday, Dec. 24.

The wind chill warning said the expected wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes and hypothermia could develop shortly after.

Stutsman commission approves funding JSDC program

The Stutsman County Commission unanimously approved on Tuesday, Dec. 20, funding the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp.’s Flex PACE program up to $500,000.

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The city of Jamestown’s share will be $400,000, and Stutsman County’s share is $100,000. The Jamestown City Council approved funding the Flex PACE program earlier this month.

The JSDC participates in the Flex PACE program in conjunction with the Bank of North Dakota. The program is an interest buydown program.

Lincoln children buy gifts at Giving Store

Lincoln Elementary School in Jamestown had a “Giving Store” Monday, Dec. 19, where students could purchase a Christmas gift for a quarter for someone special.

Parents received a message from the school in November that explained the Giving Store and sought donations for the “Everything’s a Quarter Giving Sale.” A list of suggested items to donate included things like lotion, candles, body wash, basic tool sets, coffee/cocoa sets, board games and toys.

Around 600 to 700 items were donated along with wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper and boxes, so a second sale was held on Dec. 20. Some people donated rolls of quarters to ensure all students would have the money to purchase a gift.

Burst water pipe closes Alfred Dickey Public Library

A burst pipe from a staff restroom caused water damage in Alfred Dickey Public Library .

On Saturday morning, Dec. 17, James River Valley Library System Director Joe Rector and other staff discovered the children’s library in the basement of Alfred Dickey had about an inch of water and about a quarter-inch of water around the circulation desk on the main level. The library was closed Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 13-16, due to a winter storm and nobody had been in those days.

Water came from a pipe that burst in the staff restroom in the northeast corner of the upper level of the library. The water went through the floor from the bathroom. Some water ran down the stairwell located below the bathroom. Water came through the ceiling of the children’s library.

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Most books that were totally damaged were on the bottom. Others got water on them from the liquid hitting the floor and splashing up.

Letter from officials says both libraries to operate

Both libraries of the James River Valley Library System will continue to operate unless a transition plan is submitted to the city of Jamestown and Stutsman County for approval, says a letter interpreting the memorandum of understanding between the two entities to provide joint library services.

The James River Valley Library System Board of Directors received a letter dated Dec. 16 signed by Mayor Dwaine Heinrich and Mark Klose, chair of the Stutsman County Commission, that says, “The language of the memorandum of agreement is clear, unless and until a plan for transition is developed and approved both buildings will continue to operate.”

The letter says North Dakota Century Code 40-38-11 authorizes a city and county to jointly provide library services. Lines 139 through 142 of the memorandum of agreement say both buildings will operate as directed by the joint library board.

“If the JLB (joint library board) eventually decides on diminished use or discontinued use of one or both of the existing facilities, the JLB will devise a plan for transition to the new design,” the agreement says.

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