By Lance Keator, Audrey Keator, Joel Ficek, Phoebe Kuntz | Dickinson, N.D.

We are writing this letter to express our sincere gratitude for the hospitality that was provided by numerous businesses/people of Jamestown on the night of Dec. 8. Our flight from Denver to Dickinson was canceled the afternoon of the 8th; the nearest airport we could get into was Jamestown. We arrived in Jamestown at around 10:30 that evening, in blizzard conditions, to find out that there were no rental cars available. We called XLT cab and Eric picked us up and delivered us to Hampton Inn, where Amber checked us in for the night. We needed dinner, and the people at Applebee’s (didn’t get their names) stayed open late to get us food to go. We found that the bus line was coming through at 1:15 a.m. and decided that would be the best option to get home. Eric from XLT picked us up again and hauled us downtown to the bus depot in the blizzard conditions.

As we waited for the bus, Eric checked on us to be sure we were ok, then hauled us to the Wonder Bar where “Care Bear” let us bring our luggage inside while waiting for the bus. After about an hour, we found out that the bus had been canceled, so Eric came back down, picked us up and hauled us to the Hampton Inn, where Amber got us back into the rooms we had earlier. Eric then arranged for XLT cab to drive us to Bismarck in the morning to meet our rides coming from Dickinson.

What an adventure it was! Jamestown should be proud of the aforementioned businesses and people that were genuinely concerned with the safety of complete strangers on a blizzarding Sunday night in December! We greatly appreciate each of them!

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