Nikki Artis

Nikki ArtisNikki Artis, 63, of Jamestown, ND, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2014 at her home of a broken heart.

Nicolette Christine Artis was born on July 13, 1951, in Riverdale, ND, the daughter of Edward and Hulda (Kilber) Machau. She graduated from Valley City High School in 1969 and married Daniel Artis on March 3, 1970. She worked as a bookkeeper for 32 years while raising two sons in Jamestown, ND. Nikki was active in her church and community and loved spending time with her friends, children, and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed spending part of the winter in North Carolina with her sister Catherine and family.

With the passing of her husband this past year, Nikki truly cherished her friends for their support through this difficult time. Even though we miss her dearly, we can rejoice in the fact she is once again with the love of her life, Dan.

Nikki is survived by her sons, Matthew (Heidi) Artis of West Fargo, ND and Joshua (Nicole) Artis of Park Rapids, MN; grandchildren, Spencer, Chloe, Rylan, Olivia, and Jocelyn; brother, James (Jackie) Kilber of Eaton, CO; sisters, June Liebel of Bismarck and Catherine (Larry) Reed of Charlotte, NC.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel, and her parents.

Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jamestown, with Rev. Susan Haukaas officiating.

Visitation: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Williams-Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown.

Interment: 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2015 at the North Dakota Veterans’ Cemetery, Mandan, ND.

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Support For Pollinator Park Is There But Not At One Proposed Location

VALLEY CITY, ND – City Commissioner Mary Lee Nielson says a letter from the Tennis Association, Park District and the School District is asking the city for a different location for the pollinator park and orchard project. They support the concept but not the location in the former lime pit on city property.

Nielson say the school board and park district have agreed to PILOT programs and large TIFs when the city has asked them to give up potential tax monies for the good of the city.

Nielson says now they are asking the city to not give up the pollinator project but to merely move it.

Valley City Commissioner Madeline Luke, members on the Valley City Beautification Committee and VCSU Fish & Wildlife professor Casey Williams support planting a pollinator park in the former lime pit site pending city approval to enhance educational opportunities and attract tourists traveling through town.

The item will be discussed again during the April 21 city commission meeting at 5pm in Valley City. 

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North Dakota Aeronautics Commission Releases March Boarding Numbers

BISMARCK, N.D. ( – The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission has released the final numbers for total boarding’s across the state in the month of March.

According to their report, boarding’s at most of the airports statewide experienced a slight decline in boarding’s compared to the previous month. Bismarck, Devils Lake, and Jamestown all experienced a slight rise in boarding’s from February to March.

Although boarding’s appeared to be down from February to March, 2015 has still seen much more boarding’s than 2014 across North Dakota. The largest jump compared from last year was in Devils Lake. Boarding’s in 2014 were just 177 and in 2015, Devils Lake saw 1,068 boarding’s, resulting in a 503% increase.

For March, Jamestown saw a total of 727 boarding’s, compared to 0 last year. Since the beginning of the year, Jamestown has had a total of 2,109 boarding’s. The state as a whole has seen 313,450 boarding’s this year.

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Circle of Friends Preschool “Garbage Walk”

VALLEY CITY, ND – Circle of Friends Preschool went on a ‘Garbage Walk’ today in preparation for Earth Week starting next week. These 4 and 5 year olds clean up garbage at St. Catherine’s Church  and by the pond at the water treatment plant. They were very surprised how much garbage they picked up. They are asking you to pick up your garbage to help make the earth more beautiful.

Circle of Friends Pre School Garbage Pickup

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