In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Feb. 27, 2023

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

The following stories from this week appeared on and in The Jamestown Sun.

Resignation accepted for teacher facing felony drug charge

The Jamestown Public School Board unanimously approved on Monday, Feb. 27, the resignation of Amy Tarno .

Tarno, who is accused of facing a felony drug charge along with several other misdemeanor charges, submitted her resignation on Feb. 24. It was a voluntary resignation, and she will not be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Tarno was a business education instructor at Jamestown High School. She was also the assistant volleyball coach for the Jamestown Public School District.

Updates to wastewater treatment facility to cost millions

Updates to the city of Jamestown’s wastewater treatment facility are estimated to cost about $17.5 million .


The update costs are about $20.5 million, but the city can save about $3 million by using alternative options, Karla Olson, an engineer and project manager with Apex Engineering, told the Public Works Committee in January.

The mechanical and pond facilities are past their 20-year design life. The current designs of the mechanical and pond facilities are in their 27th and 40th years, respectively. The wastewater treatment facility was built in 1996.

Plans for the facility include replacing aging equipment and making improvements designed for the operations of the facility.

Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said discussions have been held on figuring out how to pay for the costs of the improvements but a plan has not been finalized.

Schmidt named ND Region 6 Principal of the Year

The principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Jamestown was recently named the Region 6 Principal of the Year .

Sherry Schmidt received the award on Feb. 16 at the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals' midwinter conference. The award was given by the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals through the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders. Region 6 includes Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells counties.

Schmidt has been employed by the Jamestown Public School District for 23 years. She has been the principal of Lincoln Elementary School for 11 years.

Winter storm drops 14 inches on Jamestown

A winter storm dropped 14 inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 28-March 1, in Jamestown.


The storm caused overnight closures of Interstate 94 from Bismarck to Fargo as well as other highways in Stutsman County. Many businesses also remained closed on Wednesday because of the snow.

JPS' shelter in place lifted after hoax threat

All schools in the Jamestown Public School District went into a shelter in place Thursday morning, March 2, after a report was made of an active shooter at Jamestown High School, according to Scott Edinger, chief of police. The call was quickly determined to be a hoax.

The Jamestown Police Department received a report about an active shooter at about 10:10 a.m. Edinger said the call came in on the Jamestown Police Department’s administrative phone line.

Edinger said the call was similar to other calls Thursday in other schools across the state. He said Maj. Justin Blinsky, assistant chief of police, contacted the school resource officer and was able to determine almost immediately that there was no threat at the school.

Similar calls were also made against Fargo Public Schools and schools in Grand Forks and Bismarck.

Edinger said the school district issued a shelter in place out of caution while law enforcement personnel walked through the building. He said an “all clear” was called within 10 minutes of the original call.

Two people arrested after shooting

A 64-year-old woman was arrested after she shot a 65-year-old man in the arm Wednesday morning, March 1, in northeast Jamestown, according to Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police.

Terryl Wynn Getz, 64, Jamestown, was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, Edinger said. Getz was charged with aggravated assault, a Class C felony.


Getz was released from jail Thursday night after posting $1,000 cash bail. She is
accused of firing a firearm at Jeffery Duane Nokleby, Jamestown, and causing injury to him, according to court documents. Nokleby did not have life-threatening injuries from the gunshot wound.

WDAY reported that family and friends say Getz is a caring, church-going woman who would only pull a trigger in self-defense.

Nokleby was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault (domestic) on Thursday, March 2, after more investigation, Edinger said. He was not formally charged as of 9 a.m. Friday, March 3.

As of 9 a.m. Friday, March 3, Nokelby was still in the Stutsman County Correctional Center.

The Jamestown Police Department is investigating the incident. Edinger said additional charges are likely.

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