Crazy Daze in Valley City July 26

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Lots of people will flock to Valley City to take advantage of some Crazy Daze prices, food, prizes while having lots of fun. Many stores open at 7am in Valley City during Crazy Daze on Wednesday, July 26th.

A water slide and inflatable games will be available for the kids in downtown Valley City and don’t forget there’s Bingo sponsored by the VFW Club.

Trinity Lutheran Church will serve caramel rolls & walking tacos, the Lion’s Club will serve bison burgers and Bill’s Variety Eats & Catering will serve food too.  

There will be prize drawings hourly and the Hi Lites dance team will give a performance at 6:30pm during the Grand Prize drawings. This year you can win a grill from Dakota Plains Ag Cooperative and the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce or women’s Asics athletic shoes from Bongs Bootery, a tux rental from Urban Couture, a canvas wrap from Dutton’s Valley Gallery and a Mall of America package from Ingstad Family Media.

Remember, Music in the Park will move to Central Avenue with the Demasi Brother’s performing downtown at 7:15pm.

Join us for Crazy Daze July 26th in downtown Valley City.

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Stutsman County Commission Chairman Declares Drought Emergency

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Stutsman County Commission Chairman Mark Klose has followed suite with western North Dakota and has announced a drought emergency for Stutsman County.

The declaration was signed Tuesday, July 25th.

“Since early Spring 2017, Stutsman County has experienced very limited rainfall with some areas approaching six inches below average rainfall and worsening,” Kloses declaration states. “Limited rainfall in some areas has severely stressed/damaged pasture land, crops, feed, and water supplies for livestock to the point where recovery is no longer possible for the 2017 growing season.”

Stutsman County Emergency Manager Jerry Bergquist reports that the declaration also takes into account the heightened potential for rural fires and the adverse economic impacts on Stutsman County’s agribusiness. The dry conditions constitute an eminent threat of unrecoverable losses, damages and hardship to the 2017 growing season.

The declaration can only remain in effect for seven days without approval by the entire County Commission. Continuation of the declaration will be discussed at the regular meeting Tuesday, August 1st.

Below is a photo provided by Medina Fire Chief Brian Rau. The aerial photo shows around 170 acres burned as a result of normal haying operations north of Medinan Saturday, July 22nd.

“Even though there is a lot of green in the photo, underneath it’s very dry and ready to burn,” Bergquist pointed out. “Stutsman County has not yet been in the Very High and/or Extreme Fire Danger Ratings. But, for anyone haying CRP, it would be a good idea to have firefighting tools on hand such as water and a shovel.”

2017 Stutsman County Drought Emergency Declaration

Photo by Brian Rau, Medina Fire Chief.

Photo by Brian Rau, Medina Fire Chief.

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City Administrator Jeff Fuchs Submits Letter of Retirement

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The City of Jamestown will be looking for another City Administrator.

Jeff Fuchs submitted his letter of retirement to the city council prior to their Finance & Legal Committee meeting Tuesday, July 25th.

Mayor Katie Andersen reported that Fuchs had submitted his letter 6 months prior to his retiring date, in accordance with the city code. She says they will now begin seeking an agency to handle the hiring process, bringing up a company that had helped Williston hire an administrator.

Most of the city council members had something to say about Fuchs announcing his retirement. Here’s Councilman Dan Buchanan.

It was reported that the city would like to fill the position by November 1st, but Councilman Buchanan said that may be unrealistic. Mayor Andersen agreed.

Buchanan asked if Fuchs would be available if they were unable to find someone to fill his position by December 31st. Fuchs said he would, but not in a full-time capacity.

Councilwoman Pam Phillips pointed out that Fuchs’ shoes would be hard to fill when he steps down at the end of the year.

The council approved the hiring of the firm AE2S to conduct the hiring process of finding a new City Auditor.

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Finance & Legal Approves JSDC Budget; Looks At Temporary Alcohol Permits

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Jamestown Finance & Legal Committee discussed the 2018 JSDC budget among other things Tuesday evening.

JSDC CEO Connie Ova brought forth the 2018 budget for the Jamestown Stutsman Development Corporation. 

After discussion, the budget was approved unanimously.

The City Code for Temporary Alcohol Permits was later brought up by Mayor KAtie Andersen. She said the council should consider amending it to make sure it is being fully utilized in the correct capacity.

The council approved the city’s legal team to research that and return with a recommendation for future amendments to the City Code.

Later discussion was held concerning a license agreement with Arvig Enterprises, Inc. regarding the placement of 10,634 feet of conduit and fiber optic cable within the City. Mayor Andersen reported that Arvig was a subcontractor for Centurylink, who has yet to re-enter a franchise agreement with the city. The mayor recommended they look into reestablishing the franchise agreement with Centurylink before they approve the project. The motion was approved contingent on that agreement being renewed.

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City Approves Cost Share of Airport Industrial Park

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) - A special meeting was held prior to the Jamestown Finance & Legal committee meeting Tuesday involving the city share for a planned Industrial Park by the Jamestown Regional Airport.

JSDC Business Development Director Corry Shevlin stated that shovel ready land was disappearing, but that meant great opportunity for the area.

The project would look at around 87 acres of land along Highway 20 that would then be developed into industrial and aeronautical use lots. Councilman Dan Buchanan was in full support of the project.

The city unanimously approved the 90/10 split with Stutsman County and will fund around $2,562.752.44 of the total $2.8 million project.

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New North Dakota Child Passenger Safety Law Takes Effect August 1st (Audio)

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – New changes to North Dakota’s child passenger safety law take effect next week on Tuesday, August 1st.

The new law extends the time a child is required to ride in a restraint seat by one year. Children younger than 8 years will be required to ride in a car seat or booster unless they’re four-feet nine-inches or taller.

Valley City Police Sgt. Nick Horner said anyone with questions should call him at the police department at 845-3110. Horner talked about the new law on our Voice of the Valley program with Steve Urness.

Violating drivers could be fined $25 and lose a point on their license. North Dakota Department of Health officials recommend all children younger than 13 years ride in the back seat. Children should ride rear-facing until at least two years of age.

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Candace Brown

Candace Rebecca Brown, 42, of Jamestown, ND, passed away Sunday morning, July 23, 2017 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown., ND.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be made to the lupus foundation.

Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Temple Baptist Church, Jamestown.

An online guest book is available at www.liskofuneralchapel.com.

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Forward Foundation Donates $1,000 to New Rockford Park Board

NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) - Josh Guler, Vice President of Bank Forward New Rockford has announed a $1,000 donation has been made to the New Rockford Park Board through Forward Foundation.

This donation is being applied to the current campaign to raise funds for the purchase of new playground equipment.

Forward Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to enhance the lives of children in communities served by Bank Forward, Insure Forward, Tax Forward, and Invest Forward.

Pictured (l-r): Jenece Erfle of Bank Forward, New Rockford Park Board Manager Jon Johnson, and Brooke Skjeret of Bank Forward.

Donation made to New Rockford Park Board

Donation made to New Rockford Park Board

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