University of Jamestown All School Celebration Planned in 2017

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – The University of Jamestown will hold its biggest ever gathering of former and current students in the fall of 2017.

The celebration is being held not only as a large “all class reunion”, but will also be held to celebrate the opening of the Harold Newman Arena and Homecoming. Director of Development at the University Karen Crane has more.

More than 130 graduating groups have come from the University since it was established in 1883. Crane stated that they’ve already had groups reserving hotel rooms for the celebration, which will be held September 29th through October 1st, 2017 at the University of Jamestown campus.

More information will be reported closer to the event.

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Superintendent Rob Lech Named North Dakota Superintendent of the Year

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – The North Dakota Association of School Administrators has named Jamestown School District Superintendent Robert Lech the Superintendent of the Year.

There are four regions in the state in which the group selects a finalist. Four finalists are selected and one winner is chosen. The state winner will then be considered for the National Superintendent of the Year award.

“It is certainly an honor, but I think it is important to remember that these kinds of awards are indicative of the hard work of the school district more so than any one person,” Lech stated in an e-mail.

“Our teachers, support staff, administrators, Central Office staff, etc. are some of the best around. I’m sure the community realizes how fortunate it is to have such high quality professionals working with the students. The community of Jamestown has been extremely supportive of education, which can’t be undervalued in the district’s success with helping students reach their highest potential. School success is a collaborative partnership between school, home, and community. I feel very blessed to be here in Jamestown working for the best school district in North Dakota.”

Lech will now be considered for the National Superintendent of the Year.

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University of Jamestown Christmas Choir Concert Begins Tonight

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – The University of Jamestown choirs will be presenting their annual Christmas Concert at the St. James Basilica this weekend.

The University’s Concert & Chamber choirs have been preparing since homecoming for their Christmas Concert. Dr. Aaron McDermid is the Director of Choral Activities at the University. He says most of the choirs are made up students who major in other studies.

Dr. McDermid stated that the concert is designed with the holidays in mind. He says with all the hustle and stress of the holidays, it’s important to remember the true reason we celebrate this time of year.

The concert will be held December 9th, 10th and 11th at the St. James Basilica. Times are 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday night and 2 PM Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the University of Jamestown Box Office or at the door.

Cover photo courtesy of Beth Ann Photography.

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Barnes County Girls Tournament Day One Recap

VALLEY CITY ( The opening day of the 2016 Barnes County Girls basketball tournament saw a couple of competitive contests, while the two in the middle of the foursome were one-sided affairs from the early onset.

#5 Enderlin 48 #4 Oakes 31

In the first of the quadruple header, the victorious Eagles were actually trailing the Tornadoes at the half by three points, before they came out firing in the third quarter, going on an 11-2 run to pull ahead and never look back.

Enderlin eight-grader Katelyn Tingley had 12 points, all coming via four three-pointers. Nichole Schmitz lead the Tornadoes with a dozen points.

#1 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 52 #8 Griggs County Central 21

The tenth rated team in all of Class B Basketball, and defending tournament champions improved to 2-0 after a convincing win over the Cougars. LLM’s lead after one quarter was 23-4, and added another 11 in the second eight minutes to GCC’s two points.

The Loboes had a team high 18 points from Jackie Meiklejohn, which included four three-point baskets in the first half. Alicia Larsgaard scored nine points for the Cougars.

#2 Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page 56  #7 Maple Valley 8

The F-S-H-P Spartans jumped out to a 9 point lead and never looked back en route to a 56-8 win earning a trip to the championship semifinals. Cierra Jacobson had 20 points and 8 rebounds for F-S-H-P, Zoie Breckheimer scored 10. For Maple Valley Sierra Wendt had 6 of the teams 8 points.

#3 Barnes County North 53 #6 Sargent Central 34

The Bison defense forced 30 Cadet turnovers to help advance Barnes County North in the winners bracket after taking their opening  round game 53-34 over Sargent Central. At the end of the opening quarter BCN was up 9-8 and pushed their lead to 25-15 at the half. Sargent Central started the 3rd period with 6-0 run to make it a 4 point game. That’s the closest they’d get after The Bison score the quarters final 11 points.

BCN had 3 in double figure led by Hannah Wilson’s 12, Tess Scott and Jayda Haugen both knocked down 11 a piece. Sargent Central’s Amber Peterson just missed a double double with 13 points and 9 boards. 

Friday’s play starts at 10 a.m. with Oakes facing Griggs County Central in the first of two consolation contests. Maple Valley and Sargent Central play at 11:30. In the championship round Enderlin and LaMoure-Litchville-Marion meet at 1 followed by Finley Sharon Hope Page and Barnes County North at 2:30pm. All games are on Q101 and


Thursday, Dec. 8 – Quarterfinals

(5) Enderlin 48, (4) Oakes 31

(1) LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 52, (8) Griggs County Central 21

(2) Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page 56, (7) Maple Valley 8

(3) Barnes County North 53, (6) Sargent Central 34


Friday, Dec. 9

Consolation: Oakes vs. Griggs County Central – 10 a.m.

Consolation: Maple Valley vs. Sargent Central – 11:30 a.m.

Semifinal: Enderlin vs. LaMoure/Litchville-Marion – 1 p.m.

Semifinal: Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page vs. Barnes County North – 2:30 p.m.


Saturday, Dec. 10

7th place: 11 a.m.

5th place: 12:30 p.m.

3rd place: 2 p.m.

Championship: 3:30 p.m.

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