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A plan to make up three inclement weather no-school days was presented to the Jamestown Public School Board on Monday. Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public School District, said the plan is to make up Jan. 29-30 no school days on April 22 and May 24, respectively. If the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction does not grant a waiver for a Feb. 7 no-school day then it would be made up on March 14, he said.
A bill for mandatory behavioral health training in the schools that passed the North Dakota Senate may not be perfect but sets a path to streamline support for kids, officials said. Senate Bill No. 2149, which mandates youth behavioral health training and instruction for staff and teachers, along with educating youth on behavioral health issues, was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford. The bill passed the Senate 44-3 on Feb. 13 and will get a final workup before moving to the House.
Jamestown Public School District has kicked off its annual shoe drive to support local scholarships and also help oversee microentrepreneur programs. The Jamestown Dollars for Scholars program has a goal to collect 7,500 pairs of shoes, said Elaine Hegland, fundraising chair of the Dollars for Scholars Board. The collection of new or gently used shoes runs through the end of April, she said.
Children sat attentive in rows of chairs with parents behind them as a college student washed their feet and exchanged kind words before putting a new sneaker on each foot. More than 60 University of Jamestown students greeted area families that registered for the Samaritan's Feet distribution day event Sunday at Harold Newman Arena. The UJ students collected 275 pairs of new shoes over the first semester and from direct donations and at a UJ basketball game.
Shawn Taft was recently named general manager of the Jamestown Country Club at 3730 86th Ave. SE. A meet and greet with Taft is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Jamestown Elks Lodge, 324 2nd Ave. SW. Taft comes from Phoenix where he studied marketing and accounting at Grand Canyon University, played professional golf and worked as a real estate broker. He also worked in retail golf for 10 years and most recently played golf in the senior tournaments.
If you go What: Alfred Dickey Library Centennial Celebration When: Feb. 19-22 Where: 105 3rd St. SE, Jamestown Tuesday: 10 a.m., ribbon cutting, speakers, refreshments 10:45 a.m., stories and simple crafts for young children 6 p.m., pizza and family trivia from the Friends of the Library Wednesday: 6 p.m., dedication and presentation of L'Amour Room and Honor Wall Thursday: 1 p.m., dedication of Drewello Room, reception Friday: 4 p.m., Alfred Dickey biography presentation and author book signing
Officials of Pingree-Buchanan School District said that its school bus would continue to use the Two Rivers Community Center parking lot despite the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission's 3-2 refusal for an agreement to do so at a special meeting Wednesday. Commissioners Mindi Schmitz, Mark Ukestad and Mike Soulis voted against creating an agreement for the school district to use the TRAC lot to transfer students to parents' cars, while Commissioners Ron Olson and Mike Landscoot voted for an agreement.
"Alfred Dickey: The Last Good Work of His Life," is a biography about a father and son who made Jamestown's first library possible, said Joe Rector, director of the James River Valley Library System. The book written by author and Jamestown Sun reporter Keith Norman will be available for sale during the the centennial celebration of Alfred Dickey Library starting Tuesday.
The Frontier Village Association on Tuesday directed an officer to put together a plan to ask the city of Jamestown to consider subsidizing its horse carriage and pony operation. Tina Busche, secretary-treasurer, said she wanted to appeal the decision of Jamestown Tourism to scale down funding for the horse carriage and pony rides but there was no mechanism to do so. The next step is to put together ideas and approach the Jamestown City Council, she said.
South Central Dakota Regional Council was found to be in breach of its lease and evicted from its Legacy Center office on Tuesday in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. The Regional Council, which administers federal grant and loan programs over a nine-county area including Stutsman County, was in the fifth year of a 10-year lease for a first-floor Legacy Center suite from LSS Housing Jamestown LLC, the property management branch of Lutheran Social Services. The monthly rent was $2,770 monthly for approximately 1,500 square feet of first-floor space.