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In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Sept. 26, 2022

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

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Jamestown United Way served up chili at a kickoff event on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at the Hansen Arts Park. United Way helps 12 agencies in the community that serve people in Stutsman County.
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The following are stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.

Jamestown City Council approves purchase of motor grader

The Jamestown City Council unanimously approved purchasing a new motor grader for about $349,000 from RDO Equipment Co. through the Minnesota Cooperative Purchasing Venture.

The City Council held a special meeting Monday, Sept. 26, because the motor grader needed to be purchased before Thursday, Sept. 29, or it would have cost an additional $60,000.

The city of Jamestown will receive about $178,000 when it returns a 2018 motor grader to RDO Equipment that will be used toward the purchase.

Corps awards $131.5 million contract for Pipestem project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $131.5 million contract to Barnard Construction Co. out of Bozeman, Montana, for the construction of the Pipestem Dam safety modification project, according to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

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The contract comes in addition to the $40 million award that Hoeven secured for the project last year.

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.

Construction starts on new Applied Blockchain facility near Ellendale

Construction has started on Applied Blockchain Inc.’s new data center about 1 mile west of Ellendale.

The data center provides power to blockchain infrastructure and supports high-performance computing applications, including Bitcoin mining.

The Ellendale facility is expected to be operational in the first half of 2023.

The 180-megawatt facility will be Applied Blockchain’s second in North Dakota; a 100-megawatt facility in Jamestown went online earlier this year.

Applied Blockchain entered into a five-year Energy Service Agreement with a utility partner in Dickey County that services Ellendale. The facility will be built just north of the substation which is about 1 mile west of Ellendale.

Jamestown United Way kicks off campaign

Jamestown United Way kicked off its annual campaign to help 12 agencies in Stutsman County.

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United Way's goal for the campaign, themed "Community Impact Starts With U," is $160,000. The campaign runs to February 2023 and is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit.

The 12 agencies provide assistance to people from infants to seniors in Stutsman County.

Of the money raised by Jamestown United Way, 98 percent stays in Stutsman County.

Jamestown area experiences frost conditions

The Jamestown area has experienced frost conditions a couple of times this month with the most recent being Tuesday, Sept. 27, according to Alex Edwards, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

The low temperature for Tuesday, Sept. 27, was 33 degrees, according to measurements taken at the North Dakota State Hospital.

The average first 32-degree freeze in Stutsman County is from Sept. 21-30, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center’s website. The average first 28-degree freeze in Stutsman County is from Oct. 1-10.

Edwards said near- or above-normal temperatures are favored in the Jamestown area well into the first week of October. He said lows will be in the mid-40s to around 50 through the weekend.

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