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  • Local Police File Grievance Against County COO (Follow Up)
     JAMESTOWN - On Thursday, attorney at law Joseph Larson of Jamestown released a statement and documentation regarding a grievance filed against Stutsman County Chief Operating Officer Casey Bradley. Larson reports that the  Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 filed a grievance on February 11 with the Stutsman County Commission. The grievance claims Bradley led the Stutsman County Commission to violate a contract with the FOP and failed to keep accurate records of contracts between the FOP and the county. On November 18 the county commission voted to remove an ATM machine and vending machines owned and operated by the FOP.  The FOP claims the county did not have the power to cancel the contract. The county commission may, but is not required by law, to take any action on grievances. (Note that as of Saturday, Bradley tells the Jamestown Sun the Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center Governing Board is an advisory body lacking the power to enter into contracts.  He also says it's not his office's responsibility to maintain the board's records or meeting minutes.)
  • Human Services Hosting Input Meetings on Medicaid Home and Community Services
     BISMARCK, N.D. –(Heather Steffl) - The North Dakota Department of Human Services is hosting a meeting on Feb. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., Central Time, to allow people to comment on the state’s revised transition plan to align Medicaid waiver services with the Home and Community Based Services Rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). People can participate at state video conference sites in nine communities.The federal rule dictates how states provide home and community-based services funded through Medicaid waivers. The requirements are intended to ensure that people with disabilities have choices and opportunities to live, work, and participate in their communities. Some service providers may need to modify how they provide services.  All states with Medicaid waivers for home and community-based services are required to submit transition plans to CMS and will have a period of time to implement any needed changes.  At the meeting, department staff will give an overview of the federal rule and will review the revised Statewide Transition Plan, and discuss the next steps in North Dakota’s transition planning. Interested individuals can provide public comment on the revised transition plan.  The department encourages people receiving services, parents and guardians, service providers, and other interested individuals to attend.  Video conference meeting locations include:  • Bismarck: Prairie Hills Plaza location, 1237 W. Divide Ave., Prairie Rose Room (Enter from Door 2.)  • Devils Lake: Lake Region Human Service Center, 200 Hwy 2 W., North Conference Room  • Dickinson: Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Dr., Klinefelter Hall, Room 216 (Dickinson meeting is at 1-3 p.m. Mountain Time.)  • Fargo: Southeast Human Service Center, 2624 Ninth Ave. S., Cass East Room • Grafton: Life Skills and Transition Center, 701 W. Sixth St., Conference Center West  • Grand Forks: Northeast Human Service Center, 151 S. Fourth St., Room 5E  • Jamestown: South Central Human Service Center, 520 Third St. N.W., Room 124  • Minot: North Central Human Service Center, 1015 S. Broadway, Room 411  • Williston: Northwest Human Service Center, 316 2nd Ave. W., Room A 200  Individuals unable to attend at a video conference site can participate by telephone and should call 701-328-7950 and provide this participant passcode: 728168. Individuals who need special accommodations to participate should contact Colette Perkins at 1-800-755-8529 or Relay ND TTY 711, or Individuals unable to participate on the meeting can review the plan and comment. On February 19, the department will post the revised Statewide Transition Plan online at and will accept public comments through 5 p.m., Central Time, on March 20, 2016.  Please send public comments on the revised Statewide Transition Plan to Karen Tescher, North Dakota Department of Human Services – Medical Services Division, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 325, Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0250, fax 701-328-1544, or email 
  • Giving Hearts Day called Largest Charity Day in the Region
     JAMESTOWN - The 9th annual Giving Hearts Day is Thursday, February 11.  It's a one-day online giving event at  Online donations open at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and continue until midnight.Giving Hearts Day is described as the largest charity giving day of the year in the region. Among the area non-profits participating this year are the Anne Carlsen Center, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, St. John's Academy, the Arts Center, American Heart Association, Freedom Resource Center, Service Dogs for America, Salvation Army, University of Jamestown, Victory Christian School, CHI Mercy Health Foundation, and VCSU Foundation. Every online gift of $10 or larger is matched up to $4,000 on Giving Hearts Day. Donations on Giving Hearts Day help every participating organization say "Yes" more often to helping with needs in the community. Giving Hearts Day is hosted by the Dakota Medical Foundation, the Impact Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation. On February 11, go to and search for "Jamestown", "Jud" or "Valley City" to donate to any or all local non-profits. 
  • Through With Chew Week Begins on Sunday
     Image from JAMESTOWN - (Julie Hoeckle) - Through with Chew Week (Feb...
  • Suspect Taken into Custody after Shooting in Enderlin
     FARGO, ND (AP) - Authorities say a suspect in the shooting death of an Enderlin man is being held at a jail in Fargo.Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson says that 28-year-old Paul Allen Miller of Rural Enderlin turned himself into relatives following the killing early Sunday...
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