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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 The emergency alert was retracted 38 minutes later.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."
JAMESTOWN, N.D. --Rural telecommunications cooperatives that provide internet service to their customers are waiting for more information on a planned repeal of "net neutrality" laws that have been in place since 2015, according to David Crothers, executive director of the North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives. "Everybody paints it as black or white," he said. "For the smaller companies, it comes down to where you exchange data. It's more the subtleties of the rules."
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — Preparations for the planned North Dakota Soybean Processors crushing plant at Spiritwood are moving forward on several fronts, according to Scott Austin, CEO of Minnesota Soybean Processors, the parent of North Dakota Soybean Processors. Preliminary estimates pegged the cost of the project at $287 million. The plant would process 125,000 bushels of soybeans per day into soy oil, biodiesel and soymeal.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Maintaining the stalemate of the Cold War put a lot of pressure on the young men who manned the Minuteman Missile installations during the height of the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union in the years after World War II. "It was a situation where both sides of the Cold War had mutually assured destruction," said Warren Tobin, a former captain of the 321st Strategic Missile Wing. "You can't really win a nuclear war. You need to be ready so that the other guy knows you're ready. It works both ways."
BISMARCK—Law changes approved by the North Dakota Legislature earlier this year and taking effect on Jan. 1 could reduce the number of people facing felony charges and help eliminate prison crowding, according to state Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown. Grabinger was a member of the Incarceration Issues Committee that introduced a House bill that changed the penalties for some offenses including drug-related crimes. The bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Gov. Doug Burgum.