The Jamestown hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:The Jamestown hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:

  • Buffalo chip to recent scam calls made to Jamestown residents. The calls tell people their Social Security account will be suspended and a warrant issued for their arrest unless they return the call and provide information. The North Dakota attorney general’s website says the calls are a variation of the Internal Revenue Service scam, where the caller claims you owe back taxes and an arrest warrant will be issued if you don’t pay the taxes immediately. Don’t fall for these calls. When you get one, hang up.
  • Bravo to new election equipment being delivered to North Dakota counties. As of Monday, 25 of the state’s 53 counties had new equipment delivered, the state elections director said. The equipment is replacing 15-year-old machines that have failed in some counties, according to a Bismarck Tribune story. More than 900 machines and devices arrived in the state in July, which is when election officials began testing them. They are all expected to be delivered by the middle of September and will be in use for the state’s primary in June 2020.
  • Bravo to the Downtown Arts Market, which concluded its season on Thursday. The Markets provided a relaxing way to spend a summer day with music, food and vendors, all at the Hansen Arts Park. Hopefully, it will return next year.
  • Bravo to the organizers of and partners in the Community Block Party held on Wednesday in downtown Jamestown. The event to welcome freshmen attending the University of Jamestown is also a big draw for residents, as was evident Wednesday with the busy streets where the party was held.
  • Bravo to the spotlight being shined on the late Peggy Lee and Wimbledon, N.D., with a visit by David Sabbath, director for Three Dog Films. Sabbath chose North Dakota as the host for his pilot episode for a new series, “Generation Hops,” which will appear on YouTube before being offered to Netflix, Amazon and HBO, among other networks. Sabbath filmed at the Midland Continental Depot featuring Peggy Lee on Monday, Aug. 26, and also at Bismarck and Fargo. The pilot is expected to be available for viewing later this year.
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