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Hoping to build the growth of its online presence, the Jamestown Tourism board on Monday approved 7-0 on $3,865 in upgrades to improve the JamestownCalendar.com website. Members Taylor Barnes, Janna Bergstedt and Sean Johnson were not present. "We all agreed that it all needed to be upgraded and refreshed," said Mitzi Hager, treasurer. The updates include a visual fix for the viewer using a mobile device. Upgrading to current technology and fixing existing bugs in the calendar are important, said Searle Swedlund, executive director.
The first-day turnout for early voting Monday is on par with the 2016 presidential election, said Nicole Meland, Stutsman County auditor and chief operating officer. By 3 p.m. Monday, 141 people voted at the Stutsman County Courthouse. "We have had a lot of turnout today," Meland said. "For the presidential primary election in 2016 the early vote on the first day was at 190, and so we've almost hit that." Election Day is Nov. 6.
Jamestown grocers said the lines at the service counters were a lot longer this weekend with record jackpot lottery sales. With no winner in Friday's Mega Millions, the jackpot is now at $1.6 billion for Tuesday's drawing. There was also no winner in Saturday's Powerball drawing, bring the jackpot up to $620 million. The North Dakota Lotto America is at $10.1 million, as of Sunday. "It's really ridiculous," said Cheryl Leean, customer service assistant at Hugo's Family Marketplace.
The South Central Dakota Regional Council on Wednesday approved a Facade Improvement Program. The unanimous vote creates a $5,000 forgivable loan investment program for exterior business improvements in the nine counties served by the Regional Council. The loan is forgivable after two years.
If you go What: Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 Where: Jamestown Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave. NE Details: Marketplace of North Dakota products Admission: $2 general, free for kids 12 and under. $1 discounts for food donation and bringing reusable cloth shopping bags Contact: prideofdakota.nd.gov rrr
The Monday fire that damaged an apartment building, temporarily displacing the residents, was most probably caused by unattended cooking, according to Lt. Sheldon Mohr of the Jamestown Fire Department. Mohr completed his fire investigation of the building at at 503 15th St. SE on Tuesday morning and the insurance adjusters' report will come next, said Bonnie Etter, manager of Better Homes Property Management LLC. "We're pretty fortunate that no lives were lost and everything turned out the way it did," Etter said. "Material stuff can be replaced but lives can't."
The James River Valley Library System Board on Monday approved 5-0 a request from the staff to refinish the central desk in Alfred Dickey Library. Members Jay Nitschke and Dale Marks were not present. The work, estimated at up to $10,000, will also add an extension to the desk and better manage cabling and other technology, said Joe Rector, executive director of the library system. Work is expected to be completed prior to the February library centennial celebration, he said.
Funds are now available to assist homeowners who incurred severe damage as a result of a July flood in Ellendale. Approximately 6 to 8 inches of rain fell on Ellendale in a 24-hour period on July 19, said Charlie Russell, Dickey County emergency manager. The deluge of runoff caused damage to homes that went above and beyond the typical home insurance claim allowed for such damage, he said.
GACKLE, N.D.—When the option is to drive 40 miles to the nearest city, many Gackle area residents say they appreciate a local bulk fuel co-op for providing a unique convenience store. The Gackle CO-OP Oil Co. has expanded twice to accommodate grocery, hardware and retail items in addition to the gas, bulk fuel and auto-repair service, said Teresa Remboldt, manager. It is a welcomed service for the town of 300 and the surrounding farmers, she said.
Myron Schlafman was back in his garage mixing sausage last week using the same machinery that took his left hand on Aug. 17. He bagged a deer with a crossbow on Oct. 6, but said he isn't sure about operating a snowblower yet. Schlafman, 69, said his life is getting back to normal after the accident. "I'm an old German guy and it's hard to ask for help from anybody," Schlafman said. Schlafman recalled that he was processing more meat than usual when he lost his hand in a mixer. "That is how the accident happened," Schlafman said.