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A distance of 60 miles made a lot of difference in weather conditions Thursday. "Blowing snow started about 10 a.m.," said Charlie Russell, emergency manager for Dickey County, describing the conditions at Ellendale on Thursday. "We pretty much went from nothing to 'oh my God' in no time." Russell said schools, government offices and businesses in Dickey County were closed Thursday. People were urged to shelter in place rather than risk travel on snow-covered roads that could also have damage from previous flooding.
Officials are prepared for another round of snow and wind across the southeast section of North Dakota. "Lord knows we have had lots of practice," said Charlie Russell, Dickey County emergency manager. The storm has been in the forecast since early in the week but has gained in intensity and is moving north of what had originally been forecast. "It's a big, powerful storm," said Adam Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. "The path is slightly more north than we had originally predicted."
The true and full value of real estate in Jamestown is just under $1 billion, the highest ever reported for the city, according to Jamison Veil, city assessor. The figures are based on values assigned to property by the Jamestown Assessor's Office and are used for property tax calculations for the upcoming 2019 tax year.
Incentives from the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. will help a company that will manufacture and install a trenchless system for repairing and rejuvenating water lines. Jerry Szarkowski told the JSDC Board of Directors Monday that he had acquired the North American rights for the manufacture and installation of MainSaver, a trenchless system to line aging potable water lines. The business will operate as a new company called MainSaver - North Central, Inc.
The Jamestown Planning Commission recommended to the City Council approving amendments to four ordinances to waive the requirement for businesses to have off-street parking in the downtown area. Dave Hillerud, chairman of the Planning Commission, said at the group's meeting Monday that the current ordinances are not always enforced and are a detriment to development in the area.
Truckers are hauling about 170 bales of North Dakota hay to ranchers in need in Nebraska through the efforts of Farm Rescue, according to Carol Wielenga, program director for Farm Rescue. Five trucks hauling the hay left from the Walmart parking lot in Jamestown Sunday afternoon. Wielenga said the convoy was headed for the Omaha, Neb., area. The hay was donated by farmers and ranchers around North Dakota, cash donations from the public covered some of the cost of transportation, and truckers were donating time and equipment, Wielenga said.
Training for the public in how to effectively use a fire extinguisher has gone high tech in Jamestown, according to Sheldon Mohr, training officer for the Jamestown Fire Department. "It is a teaching tool on how to correctly use a fire extinguisher," he said. "It is for schools, businesses and the general public." The training tool comes in two parts: a screen that simulates a fire and an extinguisher that projects a beam of light on the screen to show where the chemicals of a real fire extinguisher would strike the fire.
Officials in LaMoure County are keeping an eye on a river that doesn't seem to be receding after cresting near the moderate flood stage, according to Kimberly Robbins, LaMoure County emergency manager. Levels of the James River at the city of LaMoure were at 15.9 feet since the early morning hours of Thursday, April 4. Forecasts from the National Weather Service call for the river to remain at or near that level until early Sunday morning.
The water gets deeper and the problems more severe as you travel south on the James River, according to officials charged with operating the James River. Allen Schlag, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, told officials gathered at the James River operations meeting in Jamestown Thursday that ice jams on the James River below Pipestem and Jamestown dams were causing the river level at the city of LaMoure to be about 4 feet higher than would be indicated by the amount of water flowing through the river.
Fishing opportunities in two of the heaviest fished lakes in Stutsman County might deteriorate this summer due to winter fish kills, according to B.J. Kratz, district fisheries supervisor for the southeast region of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. "Basically, since mid-January we've been getting low dissolved oxygen readings," he said. "... we've checked close to 50 lakes in the southeast district. Eighteen lakes have concerns but are not necessarily deal breakers. Nine are in serious condition."