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JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The North Dakota State Hospital is a safe place to work, according to the facility's superintendent, Rosalee Etherington. Etherington spoke in general terms during and after the quarterly State Hospital Governing Board meeting Monday, March 9, citing State Hospital policy when she declined to speak about particular patients, staff or incidents. "Based on the things put in place," she said after the meeting, "we are a safe hospital in spite of the things that occurred."
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The husband of the victim of an assault and attempted murder at the North Dakota State Hospital in March 2019 told the court Wednesday, March 4, that the incident had devastated his family.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Less water is being released from Pipestem Dam and more from the Jamestown Dam as the water levels at both reservoirs are approaching the target elevations, according to James Dixon, dam manager at Pipestem Dam for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Pipestem Dam has just a half foot to go," he said. "As the release from the Pipestem Dam is reduced, we went from 450 cubic feet per second to 500 cfs at Jamestown Dam."
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Whatever flood conditions the weather may bring this spring, the North Dakota National Guard will be prepared, according to Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, commander of the land element of the Guard. "This is part of us being ready," he said, referring to the "rehearsal of concept" exercise held at the Jamestown Civic Center on Thursday, Feb. 13. "It is about chain of command and looking at what assets could be necessary if we are called upon in a flood situation."
BISMARCK — While there are no cases of the coronavirus in North Dakota, there are thousands of confirmed cases of the flu this season, according to Levi Schlosser, influenza surveillance coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Health. The department reported 4,869 confirmed cases of the flu as of Jan. 25. This compares to 1,829 cases at the same time last year. The department considers flu widespread across the state, with all counties except Billings County reporting some confirmed flu activity. "The trend is of Type B flu rather than the Type A," Schlosser said.
An attempt to arrest a man on outstanding warrants in Jamestown resulted in a pursuit in Stutsman County Tuesday, according to the Jamestown Police Department. Howard Larson, Jr., 41, Jamestown. was wanted on three outstanding municipal court warrants when he was spotted by a Stutsman County Sheriff's deputy in McElroy Park.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 6, to shooting and killing his ex-wife as she sat in her car in Jamestown. Kevin Michael Hoff, 27, entered the plea in front of Judge Troy LeFevre in Southeast District Court. He was charged with Class AA murder in the death of Nicole Gututala, 25, on May 12. A presentence investigation has been ordered in the case.
ALFRED, N.D.—Neil Schott, a farmer near Alfred, said he kept feeling worse as the growing season progressed and his crops matured. "Started having problems this summer," he said. "I went in for a stress test, and that didn't get me off the hook." Not doing well on a stress test resulted in bypass surgery about 5 1/2 weeks ago. The timing of the surgery fell after he had harvested the wheat but before his soybean crop was mature, so he looked to Farm Rescue for some help.
Two Democratic challengers face two Republican incumbents for two seats on the North Dakota Public Service Commission in November. Brian Kroshus was appointed to the PSC in 2017 after Brian Kalk resigned from the commission. As an appointed member, he must run in the next general election cycle. Kroshus is challenged by Casey Buchmann. In the second PSC race, Republican incumbent Randy Christmann is being challenged by Democrat Jeannie Brandt. Buchmann, a Democrat, returned to North Dakota in 2007 after working in Missouri for several years.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The day after announcing plans to build a cellulosic ethanol plant in the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park, the New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery submitted a statement of interest to SEPA officials. The planned facility would convert wheat straw and corn stalks, known as corn stover, into low-carbon ethanol. The announced plans call for groundbreaking in the second quarter of 2019 and completion of construction in early 2021.