As residents dig out from the weekend’s winter storm, the door is closing on 2019. As 2020 approaches, here are some hopes for the new year:

  • Improvement in the farm economy. Uncertainty over trade, weather and low prices have hurt farmers and the communities that support them.
  • A soybean plant for the Spiritwood Energy Park is confirmed. Residents had high hopes for the North Dakota Soybean Processors plant. Now, with those plans taken off the table, a new possible plant is on the horizon. That would be a boost to farmers, the Jamestown area and the regional economy.
  • Retail business to be strong in Jamestown and have strong community support. Jamestown is a regional hub and needs places to shop for clothing, home and other needs.
  • Weather that returns to its more “normal” or average state. The 2019 cool, wet year has set the stage for potential flooding in the spring. With that ....
  • A spring that won’t aggravate potential flooding. Already saturated ground created a fall flood situation that was new to residents and officials who helped Jamestown fight it.

As 2020 approaches, it also begins a new decade of opportunity for people and the community. May your new year be prosperous, healthy and safe.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper's editorial board.

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