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Louis L'Amour Elementary School students who took an idea from the classroom all the way to the North Dakota State Legislature will find out Monday if it passes a scheduled House vote. House Bill 1170 would allow school districts to enact a virtual education plan for students and teachers to hold online classes from home when schools are closed on bad weather days. It would negate the need for makeup days to meet the minimum 175 school days per year.
The James River Valley Library System will adopt a plan to restore a required minimum balance fund, the board of directors decided 4-0 on Monday. Members Jay Nitschke, Ilana Xinos and Roger Parsons were not present.
A deacon and his wife wanted to show kids that enjoying "Star Wars" movies and being a fan of Jedi Knights and "the force" for good is consistent with being a good Christian in the kingdom of God. Deacon Ken and Tammy Votava presented their "J.E.D.I." talk to students of St. John's Academy on Monday. The kids had just completed a Pennies for Patients fundraising kickoff event and were excited to be dressed funny for Wacky Day to start Catholic Schools Week.
Donavon Kack said the Book of Revelation opened up the rest of the Bible and changed his life by "igniting hope and inspiring faith." The former Alaska logger and commercial fisherman started preaching Bible prophecy 24 years ago with frequent visits around his wife's home state of North Dakota. He will present a four-day seminar on Revelation and the Book of Daniel that relate to end times. "I want to get people closer to Jesus and to understand his word and to love it with all their hearts," Kack said. "It's almost like a condensed version of the Bible in one book."
If you go What: 13th annual Polar Pig "Walk The Plank" for Jamestown Regional Medical Center's Home Health & Hospice When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 Where: Stutsman Harley-Davidson, 2501 3rd Ave. SW, Jamestown Details: Silent and live auctions, 10 a.m.; ABATE Chili Cookoff, 10:30 a.m.; Walk The Plank, noon Contact: Don Wegner, 320-7866. rrr Organizers of the 13th annual Polar Pig "Walk The Plank" said they are optimistic about turnout with the Saturday weather forecast showing a reprieve from the subzero weather.
Not all artwork is created with a goal of beauty in mind, said Sally Jeppson, gallery manager and acting executive director of the Jamestown Arts Center. Art is also about social commentary and a force for change. "Lobotomy," an exhibit of work from artist Lino Azevedo, runs Feb. 7 through March 16 at the Arts Center. A noon luncheon via Skype with the artist will be at the Arts Center at noon Feb. 27.
The James River Valley Library System Board learned Monday that a biography on the founder on Alfred Dickey Library will be ready in time for the start of centennial celebrations. In the capital campaign and Friends of the Library report, Bill Kennedy, programs director, said the biography of Alfred Dickey Library founder, "Alfred Dickey: The Last Good Work of His Life" will be sent by the publishers on Feb. 11, in time for centennial celebration events.
The Jamestown Public School Board learned Monday that developing an athletic emergency action plan is a priority of the school district. Jim Roaldson, school district activities director, and Tracy Anderson, physical rehabilitation department manager at Jamestown Regional Medical Center, spoke at the school board meeting about a Safe Sport accreditation process with the National Athletic Trainers Association. "The plan is to be proactive rather than reactive to all types of situations," Roaldson said.
Pingree-Buchanan School District officials said a misunderstanding with Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department for using Two Rivers Activities Center parking lot as a busing loading and unloading point without a liability agreement but want to continue to use the location.
Bob Gums said he wasn't sure what Jan. 11 would be like—the day after retiring from Collins Aerospace after 46 years as the longest-working employee. The only frame of reference was vacation days but those averaged about a week, he said. To get up and know you don't ever have to go back to work is a much different thought to ponder, he said. "You are always on that clock, even when you're on vacation," Gums said. "I will have the luxury of free time now."