• Police Warn of New High Risk Registered Sex Offender in Jamestown
     Nathan Paul McNelis JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Police are warning residents of a convicted high risk sex offender who is now living in the community. Nathan Paul McNelis is living at 1610 Business Loop East #14 (Starlite Motel #14)...
  • IRS Reviews Top Ten Tax Scams for 2017
     WASHINGTON (Karen Connelly) - Each year, the Internal Revenue Service issues a list of the top 12 tax-related scams it sees throughout the year...
  • South Central Human Service Center's Advisory Group Meeting
     BISMARCK, N.D. (Heather Stefl) – The advisory group for the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ South Central Regional Human Service Center (SCHSC) in Jamestown will meet on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. in room 126 at the center located at 520 Third St. N.W. The advisory group’s chairperson will report on council appointments and the election of officers. Members will share announcements, discuss local needs and may also make recommendations about the planning, funding and array of services in the region. The agenda also includes updates on general center operations, including a staffing update, and the Life Skills and Transition Center and State Hospital. SCHSC psychologist Stacey Hunt will give a presentation on psychological evaluations, and SCHSC Director Dan Cramer will review the recovery management model of providing services. A complete agenda is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/info/publicnotice/index.html. The meeting is open to the public. Individuals who need assistance to participate can contact the center at 701-253-6300, toll-free 800- 260-1310, Relay ND TTY 800-366-6888, or dhsschsc@nd.gov. Contact information is also available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/regionalhsc/. Advisory group members include representatives of Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells counties. SCHSC served about 2,315 people during the 2016 State Fiscal Year in the nine-county region, and employs about 80 individuals. Staff members provide behavioral health services, disability services, and other human services directly or in partnerships with county social services and other agencies.
  • AG Commissioner: Anhydrous Ammonia Transfers Must be Documented
     BISMARCK, N.D. (Michelle Mielke) – As the spring season approaches, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding anhydrous ammonia users to file the proper documentation before transferring the fertilizer from a tanker to a nurse tank in the field. “Transferring anhydrous ammonia from a tanker to a nurse tank is allowed out in the field,” Goehring said. “Users just need to provide written notification to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, their county commissioners and county emergency manager.” Goehring said there is no fee required for the notification, just a legal description of where the planned transfer will take place and personal contact information. Written notification should be made prior to March 1 for the spring season and prior to Sept. 1 for the fall season. Goehring said the notification is required to make information readily available to emergency responders in case of an accident and to ensure that persons transporting and transferring the anhydrous ammonia are properly trained. Users with questions about downloading anhydrous ammonia should contact Eric Delzer at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at 701-328-1508 or 800-242-7535. The notification of intent to download anhydrous ammonia form for the Department of Agriculture can be found at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/forms.
  • Man Dies in Wahpeton Crash Sunday Night
     WAHPETON, ND -  An unidentified 21-year-old man is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Wahpeton on Sunday night. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the man's Pontiac Vibe was northbound in the 600 block of 2nd Street South in Wahpeton at 11:51 p.m...
  • Jamestown Police Warn of High Risk Sex Offender's Change of Address
    Timothy Richard Olpin JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Police are warning residents of a convicted high risk sex offender who has changed his address within the community.Timothy Richard Olpin lives at 1018 4th Avenue SW #20, Jamestown.  He does not have a vehicle.  He is not wanted by police at this time.  He is currently on probation and GPS monitoring. Olpin is a 41-year-old white male standing 6 feet tall and weighing 225 pounds.  He has hazel eyes and gray hair.  His most recent file photo shows him with short hair, a receding hairline and a beard. Olpin was convicted in May 1991 in Frederick County Juvenile Court, Maryland, for 3rd Degree Sexual Assault.  At the age of 16, Olpin molested a 5-year-old boy he was supervising in a church basement. Olpin was convicted in January 2000 in Morton County District Court, North Dakota for Gross Sexual Imposition.  While recruiting members for a gang at the age of 23, Olpin had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on six occasions. Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger warns the public that any attempts to harass, intimidate or threaten Olpin, his family, employer or landlord, will be turned over for prosecution.  Printed handouts of his demographics are available at the Jamestown Police Department.  More information on registered offenders can be found at www.sexoffender.nd.gov...
  • Police Warn High Risk Sex Offender is Now Living in His Car
     Matthew Graham JAMESTOWN -  Jamestown Police are warning residents of a convicted high risk sex offender who has changed his address. Matthew Jacob Lee Graham now resides at 200 2nd Aveneu SW -the SW City Parking Lot- and is living in his vehicle, a Maroon 2000 Dodge Caravan with temporary ND license. He's a 28-year-old white male standing 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 192 pounds...
  • Bergquist Reports Mixed Results on CodeRed Test
    P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { }  JAMESTOWN – Stutsman County Emergency Manager Jerry Bergquist reports that a county-wide test of the CodeRED mass notification system was completed on Friday, February 17th, by Stutsman County Communications...
  • CodeRED Test in Stutsman County on Friday
     JAMESTOWN - Stutsman County Emergency Manager Jerry Berquist has announced that on Friday, February 17th Stutsman County Communications will be performing a county-wide test of the CodeRED mass notification system...
  • Britax Baby Strollers Recalled After Injuries
     NEW YORK (AP) - Britax is recalling more than 700,000 strollers because the car seat component can unexpectedly disengage.The company is specifically recalling the Britax B-Abile and BOB Motion strollers...
  • Further Public Comment Sought on Education Law
     BISMARCK, N.D. (Dale Wetzel) – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is seeking public comment on North Dakota’s almost-completed plan for complying with the new Every Student Succeeds Act federal education law. The plan outlines new strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of North Dakota’s schools. It suggests ways to make it easier for parents, taxpayers and policymakers to find out how well their schools are performing. For example, the North Dakota ESSA plan includes provisions for a “dashboard” that will allow interested observers to see important data at a glance, such as each school’s student graduation rate, its budget for instruction, and student academic performance and growth targets. The dashboard offers more comprehensive information in a more accessible format than the “annual yearly progress” reports that were required by the previous federal law. The AYP reports show information about school test results, graduation rates and attendance, and little else. North Dakota’s proposed ESSA plan can be viewed on the Department of Public Instruction’s website: www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1494/SecondDraft_ND_ESSA_State_Plan.pdf. A feedback form is here.  Emailed comments may be addressed to dpiessa@nd.gov. The plan was written by a group of more than 50 people, including teachers, parents, school administrators, school board members, business people and legislators. Baesler appointed the state ESSA committee members last spring. The North Dakota plan will be open for public comment until March 15. The comments will be considered when deciding changes to the plan. All comments will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Education when the plan is submitted for the agency’s review on April 3. Baesler invited public comment on an earlier draft of the plan in mid-January. The new 30-day comment period will be the final opportunity for the public to offer suggestions before the plan is sent to the Department of Education. The superintendent said the new ESSA law does not allow the Department of Education to dictate changes to North Dakota’s plan unless it does not comply with the law. The North Dakota plan also is not affected by Congress’ discussions about blocking Department of Education regulations that have been written to implement the law. The North Dakota plan was written using the law as its guide, rather than the regulations, Baesler said. The state ESSA committee has met seven times since May, and three subcommittees have met 19 times. They focus on teacher and leader effectiveness, continuous improvement, and standards, assessment, accountability and reporting. Baesler said committee members have spent hundreds of hours over 10 months working on the plan’s details. In addition, the NDDPI held three meetings with stakeholder representatives for North Dakota’s four American Indian tribes at the state Capitol in Bismarck, as well as separate consultations with the Standing Rock Sioux, Spirit Lake Sioux, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. The consultations took place with the tribal councils on the tribes’ reservations. 
  • Coalition Will Gather Items to Help the Homeless
     One out of 9 in ND are under 18. JAMESTOWN, ND (Casie Dubray) - The North Dakota Region VI Homeless Coalition is partnering with Jamestown Ministerial Association, Triumph Inc, and Edgewood Senior Living to assemble “Blessing Bags” of donated essential care items for people experiencing homelessness and or other hardships...
  • Youth with Disabilities Encouraged to Plan Now for Summer Work
     BISMARCK, N.D. – As spring approaches, students are reminded it’s not too early to think about a summer job and gaining valuable work experience. The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is offering job search assistance and other support to high school students with disabilities who want to work this summer. Last year, 57 students participated in the program statewide, and the division hopes to serve more students. "We want young individuals with disabilities to have opportunities to succeed in the workplace. Experience matters," said division director Russ Cusack. “Involving students in the summer work experience program is part of our overall commitment to ensure students become employed, which supports a successful transition from high school to careers and adulthood.” Cusack said most participants have limited work experience, and the program helps them develop needed skills. Learning the importance of a strong work ethic, communicating effectively with others, working as a team member, and meeting employer expectations are experiences that lead to success, he said. Vocational rehabilitation counselors address not only these issues, but help students search job openings, prepare a resume, complete job applications and go through the interview process. The program can also offer some support after a job placement. To participate, students must qualify for vocational rehabilitation services. The division encourages students to participate in at least two work experiences before they leave high school. Participants typically work in the hospitality industry including food service, movie theaters, hotels, and retail, which are common for first-time job seekers. The ideal placement, Cusack said, is 20 hours per week from late May through August. Occasionally an employer hires a participant for a more permanent position after the summer work experience ends. The program is a collaborative effort involving the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Public Instruction, Job Service North Dakota, secondary school transition teachers, community rehabilitation providers, parents, students and employers. Interested individuals should contact the vocational rehabilitation office in their region. Contact information is available on the Web at www.nd.gov/dhs/dvr/about/regional-contact.html. For information on vocational rehabilitation services benefitting individuals and employers, go online to www.nd.gov/dhs/dvr, or call 701-328-8950, or ND Relay TTY 1-800-366-6888. 
  • Police Warn of High Risk Sex Offender
     Kyle Greenough JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Police are warning residents of a convicted high risk sex offender now living in the city.Kyle Greenough is living at 106 4 Avenue SW...
  • Young Professionals of Jamestown Hosting Volleyball Tournament
     JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Emily Bivens) – The Young Professionals of Jamestown say they're excited to host their annual Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, March 4th at the UJ Larson Center on the University of Jamestown campus. Teams can be made up of six or more players...
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