Keith Norman / Jamestown Sun
The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. voted to authorize a partial payment of the city of Jamestown and Stutsman County’s dues to South Central Dakota Regional Council, citing an ongoing disagreement in funding the area Small Business Development Center and financial instability at the Regional Council.
The community of Carrington is hoping that a show of public support and possibly some economic incentives could reverse a decision by Shopko to close its Carrington location, according to Laurie Dietz, executive director of the Carrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Shopko announced additional closings this week including the Carrington store. Along with a round of closings announced previously that included the Oakes, N.D., store, the company plans to close 10 of its 13 stores in North Dakota.
Don’t look for normal temperatures in the forecast for the next few weeks, according to Adam Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. “Colder than normal all next week with on and off snow,” he said. “Outlook is not promising beyond that. Cold pattern for several weeks at least.”
Ellen Anderson and her boyfriend Pete Sehr were dressed for the cold when they watched the home they rented burn Wednesday evening. “We were out on the lake ice fishing when we got a call our house was on fire,” Anderson said. “We got back into town to watch it burn.”
Joan Morris said the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award from the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce is an “amazing lady” who has spent years working to make Jamestown a better place to live. Paulette Ritter received the award Thursday at the annual chamber banquet. “You look at the people who won in the past and they all stand on a pedestal,” she said. “It is humbling and a total surprise to be included in that group. I’m very appreciative.”
The good things Troy Gunderson has done for the youth of Jamestown earned him the Above and Beyond award from the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, according to James Exner. Exner nominated Gunderson for the award for his work as executive director of the James Valley Youth for Christ program
Prolonged cold weather could pose challenges for man and beast as temperatures well below normal for this time of year are in the forecast for the next week, according to Jeanine Vining, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. “Real North Dakota winter-type weather,” she said. “There is just not much in the way of a warmup in the next week’s forecast.” The dangers of the cold to pets varies with the animal.
The Stutsman County Commission is assuming the land currently owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation around the Jamestown Reservoir will be transferred to the county, but officials are still waiting on the details. “The transfer is a ways out there,” Chairman Mark Klose said during the Thursday County Commission meeting. “It could be five years.”
National Weather Service reports showed a low of 16 degrees below zero Tuesday morning with a forecast of highs of 38 degrees by Friday. “That’s North Dakota for you,” said Adam Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “One of those things we know and love about the Northern Plains.” The bitter cold of Monday and Tuesday was brought on by a combination of snow on the ground, clear skies and high pressure over the Dakotas, Jones said.
The holidays are a time for memories and the staffs of skilled care nursing homes in Jamestown do their best to help the residents at those facilities relive those times, according to Peggy Widmer, activities director at Ave Maria Village. “The holidays are very special to the residents because it brings back a lot of memories,” she said. “We are creating a chance to talk about these things.” Creating that opportunity can take many forms.