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In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Nov. 14, 2022

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

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Missy Hase, left, and Susan Galloway help community cats in the Jamestown area. Brigitte, held by Galloway, is one kitten they rescued.
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The following stories from this week appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.

$500,000 reallocated to help buy switches

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors unanimously approved reallocating $500,000 from JSDC’s $1 million incentive package for the Green Bison Soy Processing project to help purchase rail switches for the planned rail loop in the Spiritwood Energy Park Association’s industrial park at Spiritwood.

Approval is not required by the Jamestown City Council or Stutsman County Commission as the funds were previously approved as an incentive for the Green Bison Soy Processing project.

It could take six to eight months to get the switches delivered. Connie Ova, CEO of JSDC, said Green Bison Soy Processing is concerned about not getting the switches on time as the goal is to be open in the fall of 2023.

Commission encourages JSDC to form group to review roads

The Stutsman County Commission unanimously approved encouraging the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. t o form a group to review the arterial roads in the county leading to the Spiritwood Energy Park Association’s industrial park.

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The group will also specifically look at Stutsman County Road 62, which is the road off of exit 269 from Interstate 94.

Connie Ova, CEO of JSDC and director of SEPA, said Tuesday, Nov. 15, a consensus of a group of people, including those representing businesses in the SEPA industrial park, thought Stutsman County Road 62 needs to be upgraded. She said state legislators have already asked her if the county commission would fund the last 12 miles of gravel on Stutsman County Road 62. She said farmers taking soybeans to Casselton is a concern of the Green Bison Soy Processing facility.

Midco continues work on $30 million project

Midcontinent Communications is continuing work on an ongoing $30 million project to provide fiberoptic lines and service throughout key areas in Stutsman County, according to Justin Forde, vice president of government relations for Midco.

Midco was granted a franchise agreement in 2021 with the city of Jamestown to construct, maintain and operate a telecommunication system for use in the city.

Forde said raw fiber is going through the Spiritwood Energy Park Association’s industrial park at Spiritwood.

“We’re running the big fiber pipes from the Valley City area over to here,” he said.

Jamestown women helping cats that have no homes

Susan Galloway, Missy Hase and Brittany Larson are working to spay and neuter adult feral cats, also known as community cats, and find homes for their kittens in Jamestown. Since November 2021, they’ve rescued 33 cats including 19 kittens .

Of the 19 kittens the women rescued, 17 went to new homes and two went to the James River Humane Society. Of the 14 adults, eight were socialized and found new homes, Galloway said. The other six were spayed/neutered, ear-tipped, vaccinated and returned to their colony where a caregiver provides food and heated shelter.

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After investigating a colony of cats in Jamestown, the women enlisted the help of the James River Humane Society to spay, neuter and vaccinate the adult cats before returning them to the colony. The women operate Fancy Ferals on Facebook and a Fancy Ferals page on GoFundMe.

Jamestown FFA students attend national convention

Four Jamestown FFA students and their adviser say attending the National FFA Convention & Expo last month helped them develop skills and learn about agriculture in other parts of the U.S.

Evyn Dick, Tamika Holte, Tyra Kamoni-Hatch and Riley Widman, students at the James Valley Career and Technology Center, and their adviser, Allison Nord, an ag education teacher, attended the convention of the National FFA Organization in Indianapolis from Oct. 24-30.

The group was among 28 students and five advisers from Jamestown, Gackle-Streeter, Beulah and Glen Ullin traveling together to the event.

Stutsman County Park Board OKs box culvert purchase

The Stutsman County Park Board unanimously approved on Tuesday, Nov. 15, the purchase of a box culvert for the road going to the island at Jamestown Reservoir for more than $193,000.

The box culvert will be inserted in the area of the bridge going to the island. Once the box culvert is installed, water will be able to flow through it while providing a bridge to allow a road to be built over it.

Cause of Edgeley elevator fire under investigation

The origin and cause of the fire that burned down a grain elevator in Edgeley have not been determined and the investigation is continuing, according to Doug Nelson, state fire marshal.

Nelson said his office is assisting the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local authorities with the investigation of the fire on Friday, Nov. 11. He said investigators were at the scene in Edgeley on Monday and Tuesday.

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Midwest AgEnergy donates $20,000 toward JRFD truck

Midwest AgEnergy donated $20,000 to the Jamestown Rural Fire Department on Thursday, Nov. 17, toward a new fire truck.

The Jamestown Rural Fire Department is in the process of replacing its 36-year-old pumper truck. The new truck costs about $700,000.

The Rural Fire Department secured a zero percent loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan Program that will fund 80% or $560,000 of the new chassis. The Rural Fire Department is responsible for coming up with the other $140,000 as a down payment for the truck chassis.

The new truck is expected to be completed and delivered to the Rural Fire Department in the third quarter of 2023.

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