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JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Officials are hoping a planned $12 million multipurpose project on the campus of the University of Jamestown can move off the drawing board and into the construction phase this summer. “The University of Jamestown has seen some growth and that drove the need for additional housing,” said Polly Peterson, president of the university. “... there is also a need for (retail) services in that area. Really, it is a hub of activity with limited services.”
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A disproportionate number of registered sex offenders live in Jamestown compared to other cities in the state, according to Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police. “We’re by far the highest,” he said. Jamestown is home to 86 registered sex offenders, Edinger said. That does not include offenders in the James River Correctional Center, Stutsman County Correctional Center or the North Dakota State Hospital Sexual Offender Treatment Program.
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — The board of directors of the Minnesota Soybean Processors is hoping a change at the CEO post boosts its equity drive and accelerates its timeline leading to construction, according to Bruce Hill, president of Minnesota Soybean Processors and the planned North Dakota Soybean Processors at Spiritwood. “We have changed leadership,” he said. “We are trying to put out a different message.”
It took Will Bernhagen 27 walking days to travel from Sheridan, Wyo., to the University of Jamestown campus. The gathering of students and administrators who greeted him at Taylor Stadium for a couple of laps despite the rain Wednesday still surprised him. “Ending it here,” he said, in response to questions about the most memorable moment of the trek. “I never anticipated this and it wasn’t my idea.” Students and people from the community assembled at the track at Taylor Stadium to walk with Bernhagen and cheer him on as he completed the 600-mile walk.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Early testing at Pipestem Reservoir near Jamestown is producing a mixed bag of results as officials attempt to quantify the fish kill over the winter, according to B.J. Kratz, southeast North Dakota fisheries supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. “The good news is it’s not a total kill,” he said. “The bad news is we didn’t catch any walleye.” Nets left in Pipestem Reservoir for three days last week resulted in catching a mix of live crappie, perch and northerns but no walleye, one of the more popular game fish, Kratz said.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A bill to fund a pilot project using hyperbaric treatment for patients with traumatic brain injuries was recently amended to move the pilot project from the Medicaid program to the North Dakota Department of Health. The bill provides $335,000 to contract with a third party to implement the pilot program. During hyperbaric chamber treatment, a person is placed within a pressurized chamber with a high level of oxygen. The oxygen can help heal tissue.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Chad Kaiser, Stutsman County sheriff, has something to add to the old saying, “What can go wrong, will go wrong.” “And cold weather adds to any problem,” he said. The National Weather Service is forecasting air temperatures of 30 degrees below zero or colder for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Winds could bring the the wind chill to colder than 50 degrees below zero and have prompted a wind chill warning from 9 p.m. Monday through noon Thursday, according to Jeanine Vining, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. - A Woodworth woman was sentenced to more than four years in prison Monday, Jan. 28, after entering Alford pleas under a plea agreement to charges related to what had been called an adoption scam. Betty Jo Krenz, who is age 47 or 48, entered the pleas to charges of theft of property, a Class C felony, and theft of property, a Class B misdemeanor, in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. A charge of unauthorized use of identifying information was dropped.
BISMARCK - Drunken driving offenders with a single offense may have their records sealed if they don’t have any convictions for criminal offenses in seven years under a bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature. Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Devils Lake, introduced HB 1334 along with nine legislative co-sponsors including Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown. “If he keeps his record clean, when he gets out of college he can say he has not had a DUI on a job application,” Johnson said. The bill may be amended to reduce the time before a DUI is sealed to five years.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A medical marijuana dispensary could be licensed in the Jamestown area in the next month, according to Jason Wald, director of the Division of Medical Marijuana for the North Dakota Department of Health. The department is seeking applications for dispensaries in the Jamestown, Devils Lake, Dickinson and Minot areas this month and could issue permits in about four weeks.