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It took all day but in the end, the recount of the Stutsman County Commission race ended with the same results as the unofficial results from election night, according to Nicole Meland, Stutsman County auditor. The recount board certified Ramone Gumke won a seat on the commission over Mark McPherson by a final vote total of 3,992 to 3,975. Gumke said he was happy the recount went the same way as the election. "It would have been disappointing to win and then not win," he said.
The Stutsman County Canvassing Board certified the results of the 2018 general election Tuesday but didn't resolve the final seat on the Stutsman County Commission. A recount is scheduled Wednesday in the Stutsman County Commission race. Denny Ova retained his seat with 4,593 votes, and Steven Cichos was voted on to the commission with 4,591 votes. The third seat is within the margin requiring a recount with Ramone Gumke picking up 3,998 votes and Mark McPherson 3,980 votes. The 18-vote difference is within 0.5 percent or 24 votes that would trigger an automatic recount.
A Stutsman County man used his service in the military to expand his options and see the world after growing up on a farm near Kensal. "When I graduated from high school there was not much opportunity so I joined the service in 1962," said Bernard Hoggarth, a Vietnam War veteran. Hoggarth's career goal was to become a doctor after he went for an airplane ride with Dr. Clarence Martin, a local physicians. "My goal was to become a doctor so I could give rides in an airplane," he said. He also had a desire to see the world so he joined the Navy.
A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting and killing his ex-wife as she sat in her car in Jamestown. Kevin Michael Hoff, 27, entered the plea in front of Judge Troy LeFevre in Southeast District Court. He was charged with Class AA murder in the death of Nicole Gututala, 25, on May 12. A presentence investigation has been ordered in the case.
More Stutsman County residents have already voted in the 2018 general election than cast ballots during the June primary election, according to the Stutsman County auditor's office. As of Nov. 2, 2,836 people had voted through the early voting process and another 1,162 through absentee voting, for a total of 3,998 votes. The June primary election saw a total of 3,528 voters going to the polls. Nicole Meland, Stutsman County auditor, said the early and absentee voting have also surpassed the 2016 general election which had the highest turnout of any election so far.
Officials with the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. are still hoping to see the Airport Industrial Park infrastructure completed by June 2019, although the interim deadline to complete the first layers of pavement yet this fall won't be met. Luke Weise, foreman with Border States Paving, general contractor for the project, told the JSDC Board of Directors Monday the storm sewer and potable water lines are complete but the sanitary sewer is only 85 percent complete and road work has not started. "Asphalt this year is not going to happen," he said.
The City Council designated much of downtown Jamestown a slum and blighted area Monday. Jamestown Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said he didn't like the terminology but said the measure could facilitate grants for property owners in the downtown area. The designated area is along 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenues East and West from about three blocks north of the railroad tracks south to 9th Street Southwest. A minimum of 25 percent of the buildings in the area were designated as being in fair or poor condition for the area to qualify.
Three people were sentenced on felonies recently in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Amber Lynn Aldinger-Cross, 35, 205 6th St. SE, Suite 201, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and theft of property, Class C felonies. Aldinger-Cross was accused of entering a highly secured premises and taking property valued at more than $1,000 but less than $10,000 between March 19 and April 3.
The Cargill Malt plant "went dark" at the end of October, completing a shutdown process announced in April. The company sited a change in the type of malt preferred by brewers as one of the reasons for the closing that cost the plant's 55 employees their jobs. Multiple Sun requests for comment in recent weeks from Cargill officials were not returned.
A plan for local infrastructure funding is being touted by District 29 Republicans and questioned by their District 29 Democratic challengers. District 29 includes all of rural Stutsman and Foster counties, most of LaMoure County and southwest Jamestown. Voters of the district will elect a senator and two representatives to four-year terms.