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The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday approved new workers, committee members and decided to keep golf course rates the same. The commission voted 3-2 to allow Two Rivers Community Center to create the full-time position of guest services coordinator. Amy Walters, TRAC facilities manager, said the salaried position would also assume front desk service duties and eliminate the need for another part-time position. The combined jobs would have added $15,000 to the 2019 budget, including $9,855 in benefits and insurance.
A store closing announcement is never good but especially not around Christmas, said Monty Zimmer, mayor of Oakes, N.D. The Shopko Home store in Oakes is one of 39 nationwide to close by the end of February, according to an announcement this week from Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC corporate office in Green Bay, Wis. The Oakes store started liquidation on Friday, and management referred all communication to the corporate offices.
The North Dakota State Hospital campus will solve parallel challenges within the state prison system, said Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The need to provide a happy Christmas for children of families who might otherwise not be able to afford gifts is greater than ever, according to volunteers with the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. There were 444 kids from 166 families on the list to receive presents through the program in 2017, said Sheila Ova, the Jamestown coordinator of the Toys for Tots program. There were 304 kids from 116 families in 2016, she said.
For many Christians, the Advent season is preparation for Christmas, but area pastors say the four-week calendar of reflection, repentance and prayer is also in preparation for the second coming of Christ. Advent starts Sunday, Dec. 2, and concludes on Dec. 24 or Christmas Eve. "For the Catholic church Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year," said Monsignor Jeffrey Wald, pastor of St. James Basilica.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority on Wednesday approved two service agreements with Interstate Engineering concerning design work and a snowplow. The Airport Authority approved 5-0 to enter a services agreement with Interstate Engineering to put together a terminal apron reconstruction design for its 2020 capital construction plan. Members Keith Veil and Craig Olin were not present.
The Community Connection Café support system is starting a Jamestown chapter.
Digital technology will go further for less cost when marketing to visitors outside of North Dakota in 2019, the Jamestown Tourism Board decided Monday. Approximately $8,500 in budget dollars are being reallocated toward digital marketing tools, said Searle Swedlund, executive director of Jamestown Tourism. For the past year the organization has shown success with using Google Analytics and so will migrate more into digital marketing and away from merely utilizing the North Dakota Tourism website, he said.
The appearance of acute flaccid myelitis around the United States has health officials concerned for the severity of the virus but also the mysteries of its origin and effective treatment. Also known as AFM, the rare virus is known to strike children but adults are also at risk, said Jill Baber, an epidemiologist with the Division of Disease Control at the North Dakota Department of Health. "It tends to hit children with underlying conditions," Baber said.
The mayor of Jamestown proposed the return of a Small Business Development Center to the South Central Dakota Regional Council Executive Board at its meeting Wednesday. The Regional Council cited unsustainable costs when it discontinued the SBDC office on Nov. 30, 2017. The U.S. Small Business Administration now provides SBDC services to the region through its Grand Forks office as the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. continues working to reopen the office here.