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Blizzards and snow showers in the past weeks have put stress on Jamestown street crews and the public, according to Harold Sad, foreman of the Jamestown Street Department. "It's been going since the day after Christmas," he said. "It's wearing on people, the crews and the citizens." Jamestown has received 32.6 inches of snow this winter as measured at the North Dakota State Hospital and reported to the National Weather Service.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., anticipates the budget compromise to keep the federal government operating will be voted on by Congress by Friday before being sent to President Donald Trump for his signature. Hoeven was a member of a bipartisan committee charged with crafting a budget agreement after the partial federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22 ended Jan. 25. A temporary funding bill at that time provided three weeks to reach a long-term funding agreement. The deadline is Feb. 15.
A bill to fund a pilot project to fund hyperbaric treatment for patients with traumatic brain injury would not likely include the hyperbaric treatment facility at Jamestown Regional Medical Center, according to Amanda Lausch, a board certified family nurse practitioner working with JRMC's hyperbaric chamber.
The Stutsman County Park Board is looking for volunteer campground hosts for Lakeside Marina and Parkhurst for the upcoming summer. Karl Bergh, county park superintendent, told the board Tuesday the hosts would get a free campsite in exchange for monitoring and helping campers on the weekends. "Their main duty is greeting visitors," said Nicole Meland, county auditor and chief operating officer. "Help them register through the internet and refer any information to park staff or law enforcement if there is anything that needs to be done."
The worst of the snow from the latest weather system will likely have fallen by Monday morning, according to Nathan Heinert, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. That means people will be dealing with blowing snow and cold to start the week. "The worst of the snowfall tapers off by Monday morning," Heinert said. "The blowing snow continues through Monday evening." Heinert said the Jamestown area could receive 4 to 6 inches of snow with most of the forecasts indicating closer to the 6-inch mark.
After a weeklong delay due to cold weather, the two new sets of traffic signals at the U.S. Highway 281 exit of Interstate 94 are expected to go live next week, according to Nathan Haaland, assistant district engineer for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. "The intent is to turn them on as working signals," he said. "If there are any issues, we could go to having them just flash yellow for a few days."
The recent cold weather was not unique or even rare in North Dakota weather, according to Daryl Ritchison, interim director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network. "No long-term records set in the state," he said. "It was all perception, the reality was it was just a short cold snap." The lowest temperatures recorded this week by the National Weather Service at Jamestown were 33 below zero at 8 and 9 a.m. Wednesday. The lowest wind chill was 51 below zero reported at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
North Dakota Farmers Union is questioning a recent Environmental Protection Agency position that it lacks the authority to allow year-around sale of E15. E15 is a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. "The president has repeatedly voiced support for American farmers, renewable fuels and promised us E15 year-round," said Mark Watne, president of North Dakota Farmers Union. "Where is that support now? This about-face only kicks us more when we are already down."
The leaders of two of Jamestown's law enforcement agencies spent some time sitting on the shoulder of Interstate 94 Wednesday morning with a vehicle breakdown possibly linked to the cold weather. "We were prepared," said Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police. "We got the Highway Patrol to help out the truck drivers and then limped into town."
A Cleveland made an initial appearance on charges of sexual assault and gross sexual imposition Wednesday in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Jerome Greenshields, 56, appeared with attorney Mark Friese before Judge Troy LeFevre. Greenshields was charged with sexual assault, a Class A misdemeanor, sexual assault, a Class C felony, and gross sexual imposition, a Class B felony.