Barnes County North Impasse Hearing Reaction (Audio)

LEAL, ND – ( An impasse hearing was held at the Barnes County North School district before a three member state Fact Finding Commission on August 27.

Teacher negotiation spokeswoman Beth Undem said at issue is the school board stand concerning teacher salaries and health insurance benefits. Undem said the teachers believe their request is fiscally sound.

David Phillips is the attorney representing the Barnes County North School District he said, the School Board’s last offer before impasse is fair, highly competitive with similar school districts in the state and fiscally responsible. 

Phillips said in light of declining state aid and other costs to the district, the School Board must remain diligent to be both fair to its teachers and responsible with the tax payer’s money.

Phillips said “the Barnes County North School Board appreciates the incredible dedication, talent, and enthusiasm of its teachers. The teachers deserve to be well compensated for the value they bring to the parents and students of this school district. The School Board has offered to increase the base pay of the teachers by $750 in the 2015-2016 school year and by $500 in the 2016-2017 school year.  The School Board has also offered to give teachers the choice of a $2,500 contribution to a flex spending account or a 50% contribution to a health insurance policy.  This offer raises the teacher’s total cost to the district by 3.76% the first year and another 1.99% the second year, which is a sustainable increase.

The state Fact Finding Commission will issue a ruling in 10 days or less.

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Answer Plot Tour Highlights (Audio)

LISBON, ND – ( Several area farmers attended the Answer Plot Tour near Lisbon on August 27.

Keynote speaker Mike Vande Logt of Winfield Solutions talked three main factors farmers have to deal with pursuing a premium corn yield.

The plot tour was held along Highway 27 west of Lisbon on August 27.

Mike Vandelot of Winfield Solutions. Photos by Tim Ost.

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Mike Vandelot of Winfield Solutions. Photos by Tim Ost.

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Man Shot After House Break-In Friday Morning In Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – The Jamestown Police Department have reported that a man was shot after he broke into a house early this morning.

Lt. Justin Blinsky stated that at around 12:17 AM this morning, police were called about a man that had broke into a house and was shot on 1115 1st Ave. North.

Lt. Blinsky stated that the injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening. There was another male and female in the house during the incident and they all appear to know each other. No other information is available at this time and the investigation will continue.

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Heitkamp & Hoeven Announce Funding For 6 Airports Including Jamestown & Oakes

BISMARCK, N.D. ( – Both U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven have announced roughly $1.3 million in federal funding to be used for needed improvements to several airports including Edgeley, Oakes and Jamestown.

“North Dakota needs to have strong and reliable transportation infrastructure so our families, communities and businesses can live and work in our state,” said Heitkamp. “These federal funds are important investments in sustaining quality and top-notch services at airports across North Dakota.”

“North Dakota’s airports play a major role in our state’s economic success,” Hoeven said. “These grants will go towards funding improvements at airports across the state, which will help them to meet our growing transportation needs.”

Edgeley Municipal Airport Authority will be receiving $63,926 to rehabilitate the runway, apron and taxiway. Oakes Municipal Airport Authority will receive $53,316 to reimburse the airport for it’s work to improve existing road access. Jamestown Regional Airport will receive $50,000 to reconstruct more than 350 feet of the existing taxiway pavement.

Other airports receiving funds are in Kindred, Beach and Hillsboro.

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