In case you missed it in The Sun the week of June 27

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

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Committee forms to gather input on new skate park

A committee has formed to gather input from community members on what a new skate park should include and to seek a location for it in Jamestown.

The skate park planning committee came together because the current location of the skate park is not ideal, said Amy Walters, executive director of the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department. Once a location is determined, designing a skate park can begin.

The current skate park has been located in McElroy Park for over 20 years.

Spohn Ranch, a company that designs and constructs skate parks, recommended the skating surface should be at least 13,000 square feet. That would be adequate for basic features of a skate park and also provide room to add more items to it in the future, but the overall complex would be larger than 13,000 square feet, said Christian Cairy, committee member.

Rural health care providers cite challenges

Health care providers cited workforce issues, regulations and rising costs as three challenges to provide services in rural areas.


Rural health care officials spoke about the challenges on Monday, June 27, during a roundtable discussion that included Xochitl Torres Small, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for Rural Development; Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Erin Oban, North Dakota’s USDA state director of Rural Development.

Torres Small said one challenge for Rural Development is it does not have a direct impact on the workforce and does not work with regulations for health care providers. She asked the rural health care providers how funding from Rural Development helps address any issues and how it can be better.

Hoeven said Rural Development is vital for rural health care providers. He said a rural health care facility is a major employer in small communities and the funding helps the workforce in rural facilities become more efficient.

Veterinarian keeps an eye on animals at fair

A veterinarian is on hand to keep an eye on the animals being exhibited at the Stutsman County Fair that ends Saturday, July 2.

Dr. Dawn Entzminger of Dr. Dawn’s Pet Stop is the veterinarian for the fair and checks every animal every morning. She is also on call if needed during the fair and may provide advice over the phone or see the animal at the fair or her office if necessary.

City Council certifies election results

The Jamestown City Council unanimously certified the primary election results for all citywide races.

Mayor Dwaine Heinrich and Councilman David Steele were reelected. Also reelected were municipal Judge Lawrence P. Kropp and Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commissioners Mike Landscoot, Mike Soulis and Mindi Schmitz. All the terms expire in June 2026.

City Council to reconsider request

The Jamestown City Council will reconsider a request from Recycle North Dakota to waive the revenue share provision in its contract for the 2022 fiscal year at its meeting on Tuesday, July 5. The Jamestown Public Works Committee in a 3-1 vote recommended approving the request at its meeting June 23.


Steele, who opposed the request at the Public Works Committee meeting, said the City Council should reconsider the request since the contract was for five years. He said Ralph Friebel, owner of Recycle North Dakota, did not provide any reasons that leaving the revenue share provision in the contract is causing any financial difficulties for the recycling company.

The contract between Recycle North Dakota and the city of Jamestown states that the city receives 40% of any amount over the weighted average of $50 per ton, Friebel said at the Public Works meeting. The city of Jamestown has been paid about $19,000 over four years.

Group to provide resources for breastfeeding mothers

A newly formed group of breastfeeding professionals in Jamestown aims to provide resources for breastfeeding mothers , increase awareness of breastfeeding and encourage businesses to get an infant-friendly designation.

The James River Valley Breastfeeding Coalition’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of its community by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding through education, outreach, advocacy and service.

The coalition has partnered with Essentia Health-Jamestown Clinic and Sanford Health in Jamestown as well as Jamestown Regional Medical Center Family BirthPlace, T & K Pediatric Services, Chatter Pediatric Therapy, the Anne Carlsen Center, a local representative with Breastfeeding USA and Lamaze Childbirth Education.

Food stand concessionaires prepare for fair

Concessionaires prepared their food stands Tuesday, June 28, for the Stutsman County Fair that runs through Saturday, July 2.

Matt Cranston, owner of Cranston Concessions, has come to the Stutsman County Fair for about 30 years and has multiple food stands with a variety of items including flowering onions, french fries, burgers, chicken and a giant tenderloin pork sandwich.

Others selling food include Cranston’s nephew, Pat Cranston, who operates a cheese curds stand, and Daryl’s Dog House, which sells fresh-squeezed lemonade, and Glenda and Frank Hockridge, who sell cotton candy, sno cones, popcorn, caramel corn, caramel apples and apple slices.


James River Rodeo expected to bring entrants of all ages

The 21st Annual James River Rodeo brought contestants of all ages from across the state as well as South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana for the event on July 1-2 at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds

The James River Rodeo is a Roughrider Rodeo Association event and is a full rodeo that includes bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing, calf roping and team roping

Stutsman County 4-H'ers raise rabbits at young age

Stutsman County 4-H’ers Josie Walton, 16, and Kaitlyn Ryun, 11, showcased their rabbits during the rabbit show Wednesday, June 29, at the Stutsman County Fair.

Walton, of Jamestown, received her first rabbit when she was 5 years old and became interested in the animals because her father and sister showed the rabbits as well. She raises New Zealand rabbits, which are good for breeding and also used for meat.

Kaitlyn, of Woodworth, has been around rabbits her whole life. She currently has 25 younger rabbits that aren’t old enough to show at rabbit shows yet and about 20 adult rabbits.

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