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JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Systems used at the county and state levels to issue emergency alerts require more steps and more human participation than a system used in Hawaii, according to North Dakota and Stutsman County emergency management officials. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency accidentally issued a false alert to the public Saturday, Jan. 13, warning that ballistic missiles were headed toward the state. The emergency alert was retracted 38 minutes later.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Jamestown and Dickinson are in the center of one of the eight regions where medical marijuana dispensaries could be opened and they are working on accommodating the "comfort care centers." Zoning ordinances will need to be changed for the dispensaries as one of the first steps. Other regions include Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston and Devils Lake. To be considered for a license, proposed dispensaries would have to be within 50 miles of one of the cities listed.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Inconsistencies in ice thickness could pose a danger to ice fishermen heading to the lakes this holiday weekend, according to B.J. Kratz, district fisheries supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Jamestown. Recent above average temperatures have reduced or eliminated ice on some lakes, although cold weather forecast for later this week will begin to make ice. "There is some open water in a lot of lakes," he said. "It is going to take more cold weather to create good ice in open water areas now."
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—North Dakota travelers could see a couple of weather problems during the week before the Christmas holiday, according to Daryl Ritchison, interim director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network. "On Wednesday, all of North Dakota gets some snow with enough wind to cause some headaches," he said. That snow will be followed by cold, according to Bill Abeling, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. --Rural telecommunications cooperatives that provide internet service to their customers are waiting for more information on a planned repeal of "net neutrality" laws that have been in place since 2015, according to David Crothers, executive director of the North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives. "Everybody paints it as black or white," he said. "For the smaller companies, it comes down to where you exchange data. It's more the subtleties of the rules."
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — Preparations for the planned North Dakota Soybean Processors crushing plant at Spiritwood are moving forward on several fronts, according to Scott Austin, CEO of Minnesota Soybean Processors, the parent of North Dakota Soybean Processors. Preliminary estimates pegged the cost of the project at $287 million. The plant would process 125,000 bushels of soybeans per day into soy oil, biodiesel and soymeal.
ELLENDALE, N.D.—Officials with NextEra Energy told the North Dakota Public Service Commission at a public hearing here Monday, Nov. 20, that the Foxtail Wind Energy Center is designed to avoid direct impact on areas of archeological, tribal and historical significance. The Foxtail Wind Energy Center is a wind farm made up of about 20,000 acres in western Dickey County located south of Merricourt and north of Forbes. The project will use 75 turbines capable of generating 150 megawatts of electricity.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Maintaining the stalemate of the Cold War put a lot of pressure on the young men who manned the Minuteman Missile installations during the height of the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union in the years after World War II. "It was a situation where both sides of the Cold War had mutually assured destruction," said Warren Tobin, a former captain of the 321st Strategic Missile Wing. "You can't really win a nuclear war. You need to be ready so that the other guy knows you're ready. It works both ways."
BISMARCK—Law changes approved by the North Dakota Legislature earlier this year and taking effect on Jan. 1 could reduce the number of people facing felony charges and help eliminate prison crowding, according to state Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown. Grabinger was a member of the Incarceration Issues Committee that introduced a House bill that changed the penalties for some offenses including drug-related crimes. The bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Gov. Doug Burgum.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Jamestown man participated in a survey that precisely determined the location of the grave of President John F. Kennedy about a month after he was assassinated in 1963. Jerry Brickner, who is currently an engineer with the Stutsman County Road Department, still doesn't know why. Brickner was a 25-year-old member of an Army unit that specialized in making maps. Six soldiers in the unit were tasked with determining the latitude and longitude of the center of Kennedy's grave within half-inch accuracy.