Since 2015, the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has moved into improving staff and inmate interaction and community involvement as ways to prepare inmates for life outside the prison as well as reducing recidivism.
Physical education has outgrown the gym class. It's moving toward developing physically literate individuals who can enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity that starts in K-12. And a University of Jamestown physical education class for home-schooled children is showing the way.
Top 10 items needed at Safe Shelter Walmart gift cards Gas cards Toilet paper Facial tissues Laundry detergent Dryer sheets First-aid items Lotion Soap or body wash Paper towels During the 37 years Safe Shelter has been in Jamestown more than 3,500 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have received the help and support they needed. None of that would have happened without the support of individuals, community groups, churches and businesses.
Jamestown now has a sober-living home for men who are working on recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Hope Manor Recovery & Sober Living Homes offers what they need - a home and family, where the No. 1 priority is recovery for everyone living there. Judith Roberts is the founder and director of Hope Manor. Bismarck has three homes, two for women and one for men. And they really are homes as in houses, as is the latest Hope Manor in Jamestown.
For a prospective small business needing advice or expertise, from business plans to financing and government regulations, there's SCORE in Jamestown. SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives, is a nationwide organization partnered with the Small Business Administration with more than 10,000 volunteers. SCORE members offer their specialized business skills in one-on-one mentoring of entrepreneurs.
Overall, it was a fairly average year in 2018, according to Jamestown Fire Department Fire Chief Jim Reuther, especially considering the department was short nine firefighters. "We were up a few service calls, which is all the calls we get," Reuther said. "And not near as many of those were full count calls, which means all the firefighters." Despite an average year, Reuther is concerned about lacking nine of the 40 volunteers the department always hopes to have on staff.
For a year now the Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center has been fostering rural economic development in the nine-county region by providing a variety of services and ways to aid beginning entrepreneurs. "Startup businesses can help grow a small town," said Katherine Roth, JREC executive director. "And we're here to help them do it. We need entrepreneurs for local liveability.They're critical in repopulating a community."
The annual Christmas banner covering the east wall on the Newman Signs building has often featured the company's employees in a variety of ways. This year is the first time it features all the employees with pets who wanted to participate. "The idea's been in the background just waiting to be used," said Kari Newman Ness, CEO/president.
"The Nutcracker - All Jazz'd Up" is this year's Top of the Stairs Dance Studio's Christmas performance. It will be on stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in DeNault Auditorium at the Reiland Fine Arts Center on the University of Jamestown campus. More than 100 dance students, age 3 to teens, will perform. Jackie Sather, owner, instructor and director, said the performance will start with classical Christmas music. "That will be tap dancing to Christmas songs," Sather said. That will be followed by religious Christmas songs performed in a worship dance.
When the Orphan Grain Train in Bottineau closed in 2014 after more than 20 years of sending food, clothing and grain to orphanages in Latvia, Jamestown took over the work as the North Dakota Branch. "People who knew about the closing wanted an Orphan Grain Train in North Dakota," said Sue Corwin, the branch treasurer. "The people in Jamestown talked about it, found board members and church members who wanted to do it."