Jamestown School District Receives $25,000 Grant

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Jamestown School District has received a $25,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. In addition, Medina Public School received a $10,000 grant.

On November 4th, representatives will participate in a check presentation to celebrate the grant. Local farmers who nominated the school are also invited to attend. A check presentation will take place at the Jerry Meyer Arena at 6:45 PM.

The public is invited to attend the event.

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North Dakota Voters Will Settle Pharmacy Law Debate (Audio)

BISMARCK, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) When North Dakota voters head to the polls next week, they’ll decide on whether or not to keep a 50-year-old law on the books concerning the local ownership of pharmacies. If passed, Measure 7 would open the door for major retail chains by removing the requirement that majority ownership of pharmacies in the state be held by registered pharmacists. Amanda Godfread with North Dakotans for Lower Pharmacy Prices says voting “yes” will mean more options and prescription savings for consumers.  

But those opposed to Measure 7 say if passed, it will lead to the closing of at least 70 small-town and independent pharmacies, leaving those communities and their residents with fewer choices. And Mike Schwab with the North Dakota Pharmacists Association notes that prescription prices in the state are already lower than the national average.

North Dakota is the only state with such a pharmacy ownership law and it has been upheld by the U-S Supreme Court.

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Janet Mahto

Janet Mahto0001Janet Marie (Henderson) Mahto was born on March 9, 1949 in Britton, South Dakota, to Davis Allen and Deloris Mae (Kraig) Henderson. She started school in Poplar, Montana. She graduated from Jamestown High School in 1967. Janet attended State School of Science in Wahpeton, and later completed her medical records degree.

Over the years, she also lived and worked in Iowa and Minnesota. She returned to Jamestown in 2012. After an illness, she resided at Eventide Nursing Home.

Janet enjoyed reading, traveling and camping, visiting with friends and writing poetry. Her greatest joy was found in helping others and caring for her cats.

She is survived by her beloved son, Gero Davis Mahto (Michelle), Jamestown, ND; three sisters, Kathy (Allen) Kupitz, Stirum, ND, Ellen Hall, Newburgh, IN, and Amy (Rick) Gross, Oakes, ND; one niece, Andrea Gross, three nephews, Jacob (Heather) Hall, Jerrit Hall, and Anthony Gross; one great-nephew, Jaxon Hall; one step-grandson, Taylor Lindvall; and many loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Hall.

She passed into Jesus’ arms on October 28, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. with her funeral to follow at 5:00 p.m. at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Oakes. She will be buried next to her parents in the Oakes View Cemetery. An on-line guestbook may be signed at www.dahlstromfuneralhome.com

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Viking Womens Basketball Signs Courtney Magnuson

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (VCSU) – Head women’s basketball coach Jill DeVries announced that Willmar (Minn.) native Courtney Magnuson has signed a letter of intent to attend Valley City State University (N.D.) and play basketball for the Vikings in 2015-16. 

 A 5-foot-6 guard from Willmar High School, Magnuson signed her letter of intent with VCSU on Thursday. She is entering her senior season at Willmar.

“We are excited to have Courtney join our Viking women’s basketball program,” said DeVries. “Her toughness and versatility as a combo guard is what makes her a special player. We anticipate that she will be able to score multiple ways, finishing with contact as well as hitting 3′s.”

Magnuson is a 3-year starter for Willmar and was named All-Central Lakes Conference and Team MVP last year in her junior season. Magnuson averaged 12.5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists per game last year. She shot 34 percent from the 3-point line and 41 percent overall from the field. 

Outside of high school, Magnuson played AAU basketball with the Minnesota Comets. She plans to major in math while at VCSU. 

“Courtney is a fantastic student, and fits the culture of VCSU women’s basketball,” said DeVries. “She really understands what it takes to be her best on and off the court. Her basketball IQ makes her a tremendous passer and defender as well.” 

Courtney is the daughter of Ross and Kelli Magnuson. She is the first signed member of the VCSU women’s basketball 2015-16 recruiting class. 

Valley City State University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and a conference member of the North Star Athletic Association. The Vikings finished last season 13-12 and took third in the conference. With DeVries as head coach, VCSU qualified for three straight NAIA national tournaments from 2011-2013.

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