In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Nov. 7, 2022
Stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.
Council reads ordinance to change zoning for Dollar General in Jamestown
The Jamestown City Council on Monday, Nov. 7, read the first reading of an ordinance to amend the district map to change the zoning of a general multiple dwelling district to a local commercial district where Dollar General plans to locate at 424 4th Ave. NE.
Dollar General requested a change in zoning to a local commercial district to allow for the construction of a new retail store. The property affected is lot 1, block 1 of the Hope Apostlic Addition.
The zoning change is contingent on the removal of an access from 4th Avenue Northeast. If the zoning change is approved, the removal of the access would not apply to the next tenant of the lot.
Homer Township residents concerned about sizes of lots
Property owners in Homer Township are concerned with the size of the lots near their neighborhood that a property owner wants to sell.
A request to the Homer Township Board to deny a replat of a lot in Homer Township brought up questions about density and character of an area on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Homer Township Hall. Rickie Poseley, a resident of Homer Township who lives in Buchholtz Ranch Subdivision, said a majority of homeowners who live in close proximity to lot 1 of the Buchholtz Ranch Subdivision, which is the RR Qual Acres Subdivision, oppose the replat of the property that is divided into 14 5-acre lots.
The RR Qual Acres Subdivision maps have been plotted and recorded at the Stutsman County Courthouse, said Nancy Thompson, clerk/treasurer of Homer Township.
Discussions were held on how Homer Township residents could work on changing the township’s ordinance by defining low density and character of neighborhoods.
The minimum lot size in Homer Township is 5 acres, according to its zoning ordinance.
Poseley said the Quals purchased their property in 1994, three years after the Buchholtz Ranch Subdivision was established. She said the density of the established neighborhood in the Buchholtz Ranch Subdivision and Buchholtz Ranch Second Subdivision is about 12 acres.
She said the established low-density neighborhood is protected by the North Dakota Century Code, Stutsman County’s zoning ordinance, Homer Township’s zoning ordinance and residential area covenants for Buchholtz Ranch Subdivision.
Lawsuit filed against Jamestown man in fatal crash
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Fargo against a 78-year-old Jamestown man who was driving a pickup that struck and killed a 20-year-old man riding a bicycle in June about 10 miles north of Jamestown.
James Charles Lees is accused of negligence and wrongful conduct that resulted in the death of Timothy Wayne St. John, 20, North Brook, Illinois, according to the complaint filed by Jeffrey and Julie St. John on Monday, Nov. 7. The lawsuit states Jeffrey and Julie St. John are demanding a jury trial and damages of $150,000 or more.
Timothy St. John was riding a bicycle southbound on N.D. Highway 20 near mile marker 10.5 shortly after 12:30 p.m. June 19, while Lees, who was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on Highway 20, failed to yield to the bicycle and struck the rear tire, pushing the bicycle and rider into the west ditch, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release about the accident in June.
The patrol said Lees left the scene but returned and located the cyclist. The cyclist was declared dead at the scene after emergency personnel arrived.
No citations were issued by the patrol.
Wanzek, Headland and Vigesaa reelected
Republicans enjoyed a clean sweep Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the District 29 races for state Senate and the House of Representatives.
In unofficial results, Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown, received 72.8% of the vote compared to Democratic challenger Ben Vig with 26.9%.
Reps. Don Vigesaa, R-Cooperstown, and Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, received 44.1% and 39.1% of the vote, respectively. Democratic challenger Charles Linderman received 16.4% of the vote.
Voters elect Stutsman County officials
The Stutsman County Commission will have two new members on the five-member board.
Incumbent Steve Cichos was reelected and newcomers Chad Wolsky and Jerry Bergquist were elected to four-year terms in unofficial election results on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
The canvassing board will meet to certify the election results at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in the commission room. The new commission is expected to begin work on Dec. 6.
Also reelected in unofficial results were the following:
- Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser, who received 98.9% of the vote.
- Stutsman County State’s Attorney Fritz Fremgen, who garnered 98.7% of the vote.
- Geneva Kaiser will return as director of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District with 99.5% of the vote.
- Bernard Wanzek received 99.6% of the vote for the supervisor, soil conservation district, Stutsman County Conservation County.
All positions are four-year terms.
The Jamestown Sun was voted the official newspaper for Stutsman County, with 100% of the vote.
Thornton elected to Southeast District Court judgeship
Nick D. Thornton was elected in the only contested judgeship race for Southeast District Court.
In unofficial results, Thornton received 54% of the vote while Paul C. Murphy got 45.6% for the judge of the District Court No. 2.
James D. Hovey, Daniel D. Narum, Jay Schmitz and Troy LeFevre each were reelected and ran unopposed for their judgeship positions.
All judgeship seats are six-year terms.
Fewer ballots cast in Stutsman County compared to past elections
Far fewer ballots were cast in Stutsman County compared to past general elections.
There were 6,785 ballots cast, including 307 at the American Legion in Medina in Stutsman County, according to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website. The total number of ballots cast included 1,365 from early voting and 866 absentee ballots, said Jessica Alonge, Stutsman County auditor/chief operating officer.
In comparison to past general elections, Stutsman County voters cast a total of 10,044 ballots in 2020, 9,819 in 2018, 10,345 in 2016, 7,808 in 2014 and 9,680 in 2012.
Serving in military opens up other opportunities for veteran
Veterans Day is about honoring veterans and the U.S. flag for a Goodrich, North Dakota, native who was a school teacher when he was 19 years old before he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
Warren Papke, 92, who now resides in Jamestown, hoped to see the American flag flying in everybody’s yard on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
“When you look at that, you think of freedom, you think of the men and women that didn’t come home,” he said. “You think of the ones that are crippled. It was not in vain. It was freedom.”
Papke was drafted at age 20 in 1951 during the Korean War. After his training at Fort Riley in Kansas, he served two years in Big Delta, Alaska, during the Korean War. At that time, Alaska was not a U.S. state yet, so he was able to say he served overseas.
Papke became a chaplain’s assistant.
Wind, snow close I-94 from Jamestown to Dickinson
Wind and snow Thursday, Nov. 10, caused Interstate 94 to close from Jamestown to Dickinson.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol closed both lanes of I-94 from Dickinson to Jamestown around 4 p.m. Thursday due to snow and blowing snow causing icy roads and areas of zero visibility. Both lanes of U.S Highway 52 from Harvey to Jamestown were also closed.
Both lanes of I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo were open, but a no-travel advisory was in effect for the majority of the day.
The National Weather Service in Bismarck issued a blizzard warning for the Jamestown area until midnight Friday, Nov. 11.
Jamestown received about 7 inches with a snow depth of 8 inches according to measurements taken at the North Dakota State Hospital, said Nathan Heinert, a meterologist with the National Weather Service. He said Montpelier received about 4 inches while Valley City got about 5 1/2 inches.