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JAMESTOWN, N.D.—A new form of charitable gaming could receive final approval later this summer, although gaming operators in Jamestown question whether it might be feasible for their operations. "It all depends on the rules and regulations," said Dennis Rexin, manager of the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jamestown which operates 16 gaming sites in the region. Jeff Paiement, executive director of Progress Enterprises, which operates four gaming sites, said his group was taking a wait-and-see approach.
EDGELEY, N.D.—Three cities in south central North Dakota received a windfall of $125,000 each Tuesday, May 1, from NextEra Energy Resources. The payments were made to Edgeley, Kulm and Ellendale. The communities are located near the Foxtail Wind Farm that NextEra developed and recently sold to Xcel Energy. Construction is planned to begin on the Foxtail Wind project later this month. The project includes 75 turbines with a capacity of 150 megawatts. Preliminary cost estimates for the project are about $276 million with a planned project completion by the end of 2019.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Economic development officials are looking at the newly announced Opportunity Zones as a chance for people to invest in local communities and shelter some income from capital gains tax. Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, April 20, the designation of 25 zones in 15 counties in North Dakota. The Opportunity Zone program was part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act approved by Congress and signed by the president. All the states were allowed to specify areas that would participate in the program.
A change in Medicare cards is resulting in an opportunity for scam artists, according to Josh Askvig, AARP state director for North Dakota. The new cards look similar to the old version but do not include the recipient's Social Security number. Removing the Social Security number is intended to reduce the risk of identity theft, Askvig said.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A 54-year-old Jamestown man has thrown his hat in the ring for the U.S. House of Representatives. Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, who is currently serving his second term in the North Dakota Senate, announced he is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for Congress. Grabinger and Ben Hanson will contest for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL nomination during the state convention March 15-18 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Dr. Robert Badal credits implementing the Journey to Success program in 2007 with helping the University of Jamestown, its students and himself reach the level of achievement they have today. "It is a concept that started to change the way we thought about ourselves," he said. "After developing that idea, and getting it implemented, I started having more fun." The Journey to Success is a self-assessment and mentoring program designed to help the student find his or her "calling" in life, Badal said.
BISMARCK, N.D.—The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People has terminated its paid staff and closed its state office in Bismarck, N.D., according to Diana Hall, chair of its board of directors. "We've had a number of budget cuts, and unfortunately, we didn't have the money to pay staff," she said. "The members of the board have taken on the duties of lobbying and advocacy, and we're hiring a manager to handle financial responsibilities."
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Systems used at the county and state levels to issue emergency alerts require more steps and more human participation than a system used in Hawaii, according to North Dakota and Stutsman County emergency management officials. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency accidentally issued a false alert to the public Saturday, Jan. 13, warning that ballistic missiles were headed toward the state. The emergency alert was retracted 38 minutes later.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Jamestown and Dickinson are in the center of one of the eight regions where medical marijuana dispensaries could be opened and they are working on accommodating the "comfort care centers." Zoning ordinances will need to be changed for the dispensaries as one of the first steps. Other regions include Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston and Devils Lake. To be considered for a license, proposed dispensaries would have to be within 50 miles of one of the cities listed.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Inconsistencies in ice thickness could pose a danger to ice fishermen heading to the lakes this holiday weekend, according to B.J. Kratz, district fisheries supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Jamestown. Recent above average temperatures have reduced or eliminated ice on some lakes, although cold weather forecast for later this week will begin to make ice. "There is some open water in a lot of lakes," he said. "It is going to take more cold weather to create good ice in open water areas now."