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In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Oct. 10, 2022

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

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Local law enforcement converged on Jamestown High School on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, for the report of an alleged live shooter incident. The school went into lockdown.
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The following are stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.

Medina Economic Development aims to help local businesses

An economic development group that started operations in Medina aims to be a resource to help and promote businesses in the community, according to Tiffany Dockter, executive administrator with the Medina Economic Development.

Medina Economic Development, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization , was started earlier this year. Dockter asked the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors on Monday, Oct. 10, how Medina Economic Development can partner with the JSDC and use the organization as a resource.

One of Medina Economic Development’s goals is to apply for and issue grants, Dockter said. She said the organization wants to apply for grants for Medina Economic Development and for businesses as well. The organization also plans on offering low-interest gap financing for businesses.

In a couple of years, the organization will look to get a gaming license to have some revolving funds so it can manage itself without help.

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Jamestown in early process of reestablishing extraterritorial limit

After reviewing an application that the city of Jamestown received to replat a lot in a subdivision, staff found no agreements between the city and townships on the location of the boundaries of the 1-mile extraterritorial limit.

A public meeting was held Monday, Oct. 10, because the city of Jamestown wanted to get the Bloom, Homer, Midway, and Woodbury townships together early in the process of reestablishing the 1-mile extraterritorial limit boundaries . Drafts of the proposed new boundaries of the extraterritorial limits were presented at the meeting.

The 1-mile extraterritorial limit boundaries are being redrawn to be consistent with the North Dakota Century Code to make sure the city of Jamestown and the townships are in agreement of the boundaries as the city moves forward with development.

A review of the current map of the city of Jamestown’s 1-mile extraterritorial limits was done after the city received an application to replat a lot of the Buccholtz Ranch Subdivision within the south of Section 10 of Homer Township.

Jamestown Planning Commission approves zoning change for Dollar General

The Jamestown Planning Commission in a 4-1 vote on Monday, Oct. 12, recommended approval to change the zoning to commercial where Dollar General plans to locate at 424 4th Ave. NE.

Dollar General requested a change in zoning from a general multiple dwelling district to a commercial district to allow for the construction of a new commercial retail store. The property affected is lot 1, block 1 of the Hope Apostolic Addition.

The zoning change is contingent on the removal of an access from 4th Avenue Northeast. If the zoning change is approved by the Jamestown City Council, the removal of the access would not apply to the next tenant of the lot.

Tyler Oliver, founder of Colby Capital LLC, a preferred developer of Dollar General, said the Jamestown store will open on Sept. 1, 2023.

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UJ purchases portion of Legacy Living Center

The University of Jamestown announced Wednesday, Oct. 12, that it is purchasing a portion of The Legacy Living Center in Jamestown.

The university plans to use the building to provide a housing option for UJ students, as well as rental opportunities for individuals and businesses in the community.

The building has been divided into two condos. One condo will continue to focus on affordable senior housing. The other, which UJ is purchasing, includes 31 apartments, all current commercial space, and the building’s grounds.

The university plans to create a civil engineering lab in this facility and potentially relocate equipment from crowded labs. It is also discussing the potential to place its community-used facilities in the Legacy Living Center, as the building is more accessible to the public.

Real estate agents discuss future buildings for new library in Jamestown

Real estate agents discussed future buildings that could be purchased to build a new library on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the meeting of the James River Valley Library System board.

The James River Valley Library System is working on moving forward with plans for a new or expanded library that has more space than currently available.

“We are looking at what it would take to expand to the north, we are also looking at what are empty lots running and buildings that may be sitting empty somewhere or maybe for sale that would be renovatable into a new library,” said Joe Rector, director of the library system.

Austin Bauer, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Inspire Realty, said he and Beth Keller, broker/owner of RE/MAX Now, want to work with the library board to have a library that is good for the community. No contracts have been signed between the James River Valley Library System and any real estate agents.

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Fundraising campaign for McElroy Park Field renovations kicks off

Jamestown Parks and Recreation District, Jamestown Area Youth Baseball, Jamestown Outlaw Fastpitch Softball, the University of Jamestown and Jamestown Public Schools are teaming up to raise the funding needed to renovate playing fields at McElroy Park .

Earlier this year Jamestown Parks and Recreation District secured a $911,100 grant through the North Dakota Department of Parks and Recreation to support this project. The grant requires a dollar-for-dollar match. Volunteers are working to raise the required match dollars as well as the balance needed to complete the entire renovation project.

The project features a complex of six new fields, bullpens, batting cages and fan amenities including parking, paths, seating and concessions at the current location of Al Boelke Little League Fields. The facility site is located just south of Jack Brown Stadium.

In addition to the new youth complex, renovations at Jack Brown Stadium will include artificial turf and updates to restrooms, locker rooms and concession areas.

JHS one of several ND, SD schools targeted with hoax shooting reports

All schools in the Jamestown Public School District went into lockdown Thursday, Oct. 13, after the Stutsman County Communications Center received a report about an active shooter in Jamestown High School.

The Jamestown High School was one of several schools in North and South Dakota targeted with reports of active shooters in a building. All reports turned out to be a hoax.

Jamestown Police Department officers responded to Jamestown High School after the Stutsman County Communications Center received a call at about 10:40 a.m. about an active shooter in a specific area of JHS. He said officers were on the scene in less than 3 minutes and entered the building.

No evidence of a shooter or injuries was discovered, he said.

As a precaution, all schools of the Jamestown Public School District were placed on lockdown as officers conducted two sweeps of the high school building, he said.

The Jamestown Police Department will continue investigating the incident.

“It’s my opinion that this is something that is going to have to be continued by a federal agency and the FBI is looking into this,” said Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police.

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