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In case you missed it the week of June 20

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

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Fort Seward Wagon Train heads out

The 53rd annual Fort Seward Wagon began traveling the South Creek Trail Monday, June 20, that goes south of Jamestown to around Montpelier before returning to Jamestown on Saturday, June 25.

During the week, participants may walk or ride in a covered wagon or on horses to experience life as it was for settlers years ago. The Fort Seward Wagon Train travels a certain distance each day, with stops for breaks and lunches.

People from across the U.S. and other countries participate in the Fort Seward Wagon Train to spend time together and learn about the prairie.

City Council approves raises for most employees

The Jamestown City Council unanimously approved on Wednesday, June 15, a 4% cost-of-living raise and 2.5% step raise for most city of Jamestown employees for the proposed 2023 budget.

Mayor Dwaine Heinrich suggested to the City Council to get the raises set before deciding what can and won’t be included in the proposed 2023 budget.

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The proposed budget called for a 6% cost-of-living raise and a step-pay increase. Heinrich suggested a 4% cost-of-living increase and a 2.5% step increase.

The proposed budget includes more than $9.9 million in total general fund expenditures, which is an increase of almost $1.1 million from the 2022 budget.

The city of Jamestown is required by state law to provide the Stutsman County auditor with the preliminary budget by Aug. 10.

‘Matilda the Musical’ performances slated in Jamestown

“Matilda the Musical” comes to the Jamestown High School theater next week for two performances.

The production is at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 30-July 1, and is the work of Jamestown High School Advanced Theatre Arts.

The cast of more than 29 people includes students in grades 6 through recent JHS graduates. Rehearsals began after Memorial Day, with students also handling technical and public relations roles.

Library system requests $60,000 increase to 2023 budget

James River Valley Library System Director Joe Rector asked the Stutsman County Commission to increase the library system’s budget by $60,000 on Tuesday, June 21.

The commission took no action on the request.

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The James River Valley Library System Board of Directors approved a proposed budget for 2023 at its meeting on June 15 that includes a $60,000 increase from Stutsman County. The county commission reduced the library system’s budget by that amount in August 2021.

Rector said the $60,000 budget cut also affected how much the library system received in state aid. He said the library system will not qualify for about $20,000 in state aid in 2023 because of the budget cut and the same will happen for the next three years unless the funding stream increases and meets the average of the previous three years.

Boy’s wish of superhero carnival comes true at Anne Carlsen

After his wish was postponed for two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, Charlie Bannister’s wish of a superhero carnival came to fruition Friday, June 17, at the Anne Carlsen Center.

Make-A-Wish North Dakota held a superhero carnival that day for Charlie, his family and friends that included superhero appearances from “Supergirl,” “Superman” and “Spider-man,” reptiles and a petting zoo from the Red River Zoo in Fargo and carnival activities for prizes.

Law enforcement from the Jamestown Police Department, Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office and the North Dakota Highway Patrol attended the event along with personnel from Ringdahl EMS.

Charlie was born with migratory partial epilepsy of infancy. His brother, Austin, 7, also has migratory partial epilepsy of infancy and rooms with Charlie at the Anne Carlsen Center.

The condition is a severe form of epilepsy that begins very early in life and is rare with approximately 100 cases that have been described in the medical literature, according to MedlinePlus’ website.

Stutsman County 4-H gears up for fair

Brenda Jarski-Weber, who is in her first year as the Stutsman County 4-H program coordinator for NDSU Extension-Stutsman County, is helping 4-H’ers get their exhibits ready and prepare for competitions .

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There are 212 registered members of 4-H in Stutsman County, Jarski-Weber said, and many are expected to be at the Stutsman County Fair, which runs June 29-July 2.

Jarski-Weber said a few things would look a bit different this year, with a planned display in the south end of the Russ Melland Building to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Stutsman County. People who have pictures, projects, banners or other items to include in the display may bring them to the Extension office, she said. Old photos can be scanned so people don’t have to worry about using their originals.

They usually have 4-H club booths in the Russ Melland Building, but this year the items will be arranged by project area, using the center for some of the larger projects.

A planned poultry exhibit will include educational information and photos of the 4-H’ers with their poultry so people can see what they would have exhibited if possible.

Other highlights include the Round Robin Showmanship Competition and the Parade of Champions on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

Committee recommends approval for school resource officer

The Jamestown Police and Fire Committee unanimously recommended approval of an agreement with the Jamestown Public School District to fund a second school resource officer.

The new school resource officer would provide security, safety and policing resources to students and staff of the Jamestown Public School District.

The school resource officer would be funded with a 75-25 school district-city of Jamestown share for wages, benefits, training, uniform, equipment and a vehicle. The city attorney will draft an agreement between the two entities.

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