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The Jamestown Regional Airport parking lot is nearing the halfway point, according to the Authority Authority meeting Wednesday. The airport authority approved a $76,990 payment to Border States Paving for completing 4 percent of the work required to expand the airport parking lot. Member Craig Olin was not present.
The South Central Dakota Regional Council executive board moved forward on supporting child care development at its meeting Wednesday. The loan funds committee has approved an application for Journey Behavioral Solutions LLC, a child care provider and autism counseling service in Jamestown, said Stacey Bowerman, executive director of the Regional Council. Once the facility is licensed the loan comes from the Regional Council's Child Care Initiative to assist public and private entities in creating more access and availability in the region, he said.
A backup phone and data link to provide service between Jamestown and Fargo during outages is now operational, according to Dakota Central. "We have been working on the redundant path for some time and it was completed early this morning," said Rod Wolters Wednesday. Wolters is central office coordinator for Dakota Central in Jamestown. The announcement came after a service outage occurred Tuesday afternoon. A cable line cut occurred 1 ½ miles outside of Fargo and resulted in the loss of long-distance service for customers at 3:26 p.m. for about 3 hours, he said.
If you go What: Downtown Arts Market When: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16; free admission Where: Hansen Arts Park, 100 2nd St. SW Program: Vendors, quilting, weaving, Kicks Band jazz concert Contact: Jamestown Art Center, 251-2496, jamestownarts.com rrr Nothing quite matches the visual and musical intensity and improvisation of a jazz ensemble in a live performance, said Larry Kopp, executive director of the Arts Center.
University of Jamestown students will have their first student union this fall. The Hansen Center's new purpose is the Student JHouse, a student engagement area, said Dustin Jensen, dean of UJ engagement and student affairs. There are other recreational rooms but this is an entire building for a recreation facility, he said.
Roof and deck repairs at Frontier Village could exceed $73,000, according to Tina Busche, secretary-treasurer of Frontier Village Association. The estimates were compiled by Tom Mueller, owner of the Dakota Belt & Moccasin store, who rents the Village Trader Building at Frontier Village, she said at the association's Tuesday meeting. One bid estimate so far includes roof repairs on seven buildings and a $56,690 deck replacement for the Depot building, she said.
Jamestown Public School District received a $404,125 grant to help students improve reading skills, said Kirsten Baesler, superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. The Striving Readers grant from the U.S. Department of Education will be used to aid students in early childhood and kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school, Baesler said in the announcement. Jamestown is one of 15 North Dakota school districts awarded a total $27.3 million in grants over three years, she said.
Quilters working on a community quilting project will tie things up at the Downtown Arts Market on Thursday. For several weeks the quilting ministry of St. John's Lutheran Church has invited the public to make a square for three quilts that were put together at the Downtown Arts Market each Thursday. "It was supposed to be for the kids but we had quite a few adults," said Gayle Lange, member of the quilting ministry. "We thought it was absolutely wonderful."
The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday acted to resolve a billing dispute over hourly ice time and resurfacing fees with James River Figure Skating Club. The commission voted unanimously to direct Jamestown Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hogan to contact the skating club board regarding $7,630 in outstanding ice time bills from the previous season for figure skating and a hockey fundamentals program. Hogan is to attempt to resolve the contract and payment issue prior to the skating club's Sept. 4 start date, according to the commission action.
On her first visit to Mary's Place domestic violence shelter in Jamestown on Thursday, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., discussed community-centric approaches to related issues with local leaders. A community effort made it possible for Mary's Place to provide transitional housing and services for victims of domestic violence in the area, Heitkamp said. Federal efforts such as the Violence Against Women Act and other legislation for transitional housing and pro-bono legal services have helped to reduce domestic violence and related traumatic situations, she said.