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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.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Polly Peterson will take over the reins of the University of Jamestown as president when Robert Badal retires at the end of February. The announcement was made by Jim Unruh, chairman of the university's board of trustees, during a press conference Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at the dedication of Harold Newman Arena. "It was an easy decision," he said. "Polly has an unusual combination of backgrounds that have helped us to this point." Peterson called her appointment as president a "life-long dream."
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Analysis of data from an aerial electromagnetic survey conducted last year could result in a pilot project to transfer river water to the Spiritwood Aquifer in the future, according to Jon Patch, water appropriations director for the State Water Commission.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Holly Miller credits a couple of things helping her get through the evacuation of Key West in the days before Hurricane Irma struck Florida. "Family and high-tech communications are key to this," she said. Miller moved from Jamestown to Key West in July 2015. She and her two children flew from Miami to Boulder, Colo., in the days before the mandatory evacuation. "The decision was easy," she said, "I have kids. When I heard it was a Cat (category) 4 or Cat 5, I said, 'We're leaving.'"
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Smoke from wildfires in Montana and Canada is causing health concerns, according to Chuck Hyatt, manager of data collections for the Division of Air Quality for the North Dakota Department of Health. "The smoke is getting to an unhealthy level," he said. "We are telling people to avoid it as much as possible in their daily activities." Hyatt said the level of smoke posed the greatest danger to the elderly, young children and anyone with a respiratory condition.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Officials with North Dakota Soybean Processors are confident as they move forward with an equity drive even though construction of the planned crushing plant may not start until next spring, according to Scott Austin, general manager of Minnesota Soybean Processors, the parent company of North Dakota Soybean Processors. "We need a month from the time we close escrow (when investment goals are met) to the start of construction," Austin said. "Based on raising money from individual investors, we'd be hard-pressed to be in the ground this fall."
BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum cited the ongoing dry conditions in much of North Dakota when he requested a presidential major disaster declaration for the state Tuesday.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The Jamestown Police Department is investigating the deaths of two adults found in a home in northeast Jamestown, according to Scott Edinger, chief of police. Edinger said the investigation is very early and would not identify the deceased individuals or confirm that foul play was suspected. Police were called to the home at 1906 4th St. NE at 5:49 p.m. Sunday by someone who had found the bodies. Officers removed a 3-month-old baby from the scene and placed the baby in protective custody, Edinger said.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Reports of some wheat fields yielding less than 20 bushels per acre and moisture totals for the year comparable to the drought year of 1988 have prompted Mark Watne, president of North Dakota Farmers Union, to request federal disaster payments for crop and livestock farmers. "There have been great efforts to get hay and forage into the hands of ranchers," Watne said in a press release Thursday. "That won't fix the financial disaster that is looming."