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In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Sept. 12, 2022

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

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Jamestown Tourism Executive Director Searle Swedlund talks about what a partnership between Jamestown Tourism and the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce would look like on Aug. 29 during a Jamestown Tourism Board of Directors meeting.
Masaki Ova / The Jamestown Sun file photo
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The following are stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.

JSDC Board increases Jamestown Tourism funding

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors unanimously approved on Monday, Sept. 12, a request to increase Jamestown Tourism’s funding from JSDC from $75,000 to $125,000 .

If approved by the Jamestown City Council and the Stutsman County Commission, the city of Jamestown’s share will be $100,000, and the county’s share will be $25,000. The funds will come out of the JSDC incentive fund.

Jamestown Tourism requested an increase to $125,000 to assist tourism sites, events and other recreation entities that generate economic impact by bringing visitors to Jamestown, according to former Executive Director Searle Swedlund in a letter to the JSDC Board.

Jamestown Tourism and the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce are using a shared resources model. The cost and duties of the executive director and marketing positions will be shared between the two entities.

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The extra funds are for Jamestown Tourism only, and no new money is coming for the chamber.

Board allows JSDC to assume $151,000 loan

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors unanimously approved on Monday, Sept. 12, allowing JSDC to assume a loan of almost $151,000 of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative .

If approved by the City Council and county commission, the city’s share will be about $136,000, and the county’s share will be more than $15,000.

The Spiritwood Energy Park Association got a loan through Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, which in turn got funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program.

The JSDC is loaning the Spiritwood Energy Park Association funds to pay back Northern Plains Electric. Spiritwood Energy Park Association will then be responsible for paying back the JSDC with payments over two years.

Knight Club to help UJ student-athletes capitalize on name, image and likeness

A new local nonprofit organization has formed to assist the University of Jamestown men’s basketball players to help monetize their brands and capitalize on their name, image and likeness .

The Knight Club is an independently-run organization that will help student-athletes monetize their brands by promoting charitable causes and community service organizations and procuring commercial name, image and likeness (NIL) deals, said Brian Lunde, a member of the Knight Club’s board of directors. The Knight Club will start out as a 501(c) but will eventually become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

In a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2021, the NCAA v. Alston, the court ruled that student-athletes can start earning money in exchange for promoting charitable causes and endorsing commercial products and services. Student-athletes are allowed to connect with supporters in the community to procure NIL deals that benefit the athletes and the supporters.

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A NIL collective is a business or organization that sources and facilitates name, image and likeness opportunities for athletes of a specific university, according to the NIL Network’s website.

Lunde said student-athletes will be compensated for a combination of their time and value.

Library director was 'blindsided' by not being notified about meeting

James River Valley Library System Director Joe Rector said on Wednesday, Sept. 14, h e was “blindsided” and “surprised” that he wasn't notified that a Stutsman County commissioner would present information against the library system's budget request.

Joan Morris, a county commissioner who is an appointed member of the James River Valley Library System Board of Directors, presented information at the Stutsman County Commission’s special meeting Aug. 5 that included how many visitors the Stutsman County Library had over five days sometime in July.

At the special meeting, the county commission denied the library system’s request for a $60,000 increase to its budget, which would have restored the amount cut last year. Morris also moved to encourage the library board to close the Stutsman County Library to visitors, leaving Alfred Dickey Public Library open to the public, but no action was taken because the issue was not on the county commission’s agenda.

Nobody on the library board was notified that Morris would present information about the Stutsman County Library at the special meeting. Rector said he was notified about the special meeting about one hour and 15 minutes before the meeting.

Morris apologized for what happened and said she made assumptions that were incorrect about others being informed about the special meeting. She said she should have notified library board members at their retreat on Aug. 4.

Morris said she will notify Rector about every occasion that there is a special meeting or anything concerning the library.

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Corps expected to award bid for Pipestem project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to award the bid to a contractor by the end of the month for the Pipestem Dam spillway modification project, according to Chris Fassero, project manager for the corps.

Fassero wrote in an email to The Sun that the bid opening for the construction contract was held Aug. 15. Barnard Construction Co. out of Bozeman, Montana, was the low bidder. Construction work is expected to begin next spring.

The Jamestown Sun reported in November the cost of the project’s construction is between $100 million and $200 million. The plan was for the project to be fully funded for the 2022 federal fiscal year so the Corps of Engineers can award a construction contract before Sept. 30.

The Pipestem Dam safety modification project consists of building a concrete terminal structure on the downstream end of Pipestem Creek and filling in the eroded areas with concrete. The downstream end of Pipestem Creek is where erosion could happen because of a drop-off.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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