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The South Central Dakota Regional Council on Wednesday approved a Facade Improvement Program. The unanimous vote creates a $5,000 forgivable loan investment program for exterior business improvements in the nine counties served by the Regional Council. The loan is forgivable after two years.
If you go What: Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 Where: Jamestown Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave. NE Details: Marketplace of North Dakota products Admission: $2 general, free for kids 12 and under. $1 discounts for food donation and bringing reusable cloth shopping bags Contact: prideofdakota.nd.gov rrr
The Monday fire that damaged an apartment building, temporarily displacing the residents, was most probably caused by unattended cooking, according to Lt. Sheldon Mohr of the Jamestown Fire Department. Mohr completed his fire investigation of the building at at 503 15th St. SE on Tuesday morning and the insurance adjusters' report will come next, said Bonnie Etter, manager of Better Homes Property Management LLC. "We're pretty fortunate that no lives were lost and everything turned out the way it did," Etter said. "Material stuff can be replaced but lives can't."
The James River Valley Library System Board on Monday approved 5-0 a request from the staff to refinish the central desk in Alfred Dickey Library. Members Jay Nitschke and Dale Marks were not present. The work, estimated at up to $10,000, will also add an extension to the desk and better manage cabling and other technology, said Joe Rector, executive director of the library system. Work is expected to be completed prior to the February library centennial celebration, he said.
Funds are now available to assist homeowners who incurred severe damage as a result of a July flood in Ellendale. Approximately 6 to 8 inches of rain fell on Ellendale in a 24-hour period on July 19, said Charlie Russell, Dickey County emergency manager. The deluge of runoff caused damage to homes that went above and beyond the typical home insurance claim allowed for such damage, he said.
GACKLE, N.D.—When the option is to drive 40 miles to the nearest city, many Gackle area residents say they appreciate a local bulk fuel co-op for providing a unique convenience store. The Gackle CO-OP Oil Co. has expanded twice to accommodate grocery, hardware and retail items in addition to the gas, bulk fuel and auto-repair service, said Teresa Remboldt, manager. It is a welcomed service for the town of 300 and the surrounding farmers, she said.
Myron Schlafman was back in his garage mixing sausage last week using the same machinery that took his left hand on Aug. 17. He bagged a deer with a crossbow on Oct. 6, but said he isn't sure about operating a snowblower yet. Schlafman, 69, said his life is getting back to normal after the accident. "I'm an old German guy and it's hard to ask for help from anybody," Schlafman said. Schlafman recalled that he was processing more meat than usual when he lost his hand in a mixer. "That is how the accident happened," Schlafman said.
Jamestown Catholics were given an opportunity to pray before a blessed image of Our Lady of Fatima on Tuesday at St. James Basilica. The image is a statue depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary as described by witnesses who believe she appeared before children in the town of Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Six images from Fatima were flown to the Vatican a year ago to be blessed by Pope Francis and will travel the globe until World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019, said Sister Clara Kelly from the Alliance of the Holy Family International based in Alabama.
A rodeo event received $5,000 in grant funding and three organizations received a total of $35,552 in capital construction funds Thursday by unanimous approval of the Jamestown Tourism Grant and Executive Board. The board approved a $5,000 grant request from 5 Star Bucking Bulls to promote its 2018 Duel in the Dirt Bull Riding Finale on Nov. 16-17 at Jamestown Civic Center. Board members Mitzi Hager and Janna Bergstedt were not present.
Bruce Clingan, a retired admiral with the U.S. Navy, will speak at the annual James Valley Youth for Christ fundraising banquet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Jamestown Civic Center. After retirement in 2014, Clingan, of Stanwood, Wash., wanted to help young people develop a relationship with Christ, said Troy Gunderson, executive director of James Valley Youth for Christ. He became the vice chair of Youth for Christ Foundation and a senior adviser for Youth For Christ USA, bringing his unique administrative and strategic planning skills, he said.