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* WHAT…For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills. Wind
chills as low as 40 below zero.

For the Winter Storm Watch,blizzard conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE…Portions of south central and southeast North Dakota.Portions of northeast and southeast North Dakota.

* WHEN…For the Wind Chill Advisory, until 3 PM CST Thursday. For
the Winter Storm Watch, from Friday evening through Saturday

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Widespread blowing
snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous
conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty
winds could bring down tree branches. The dangerously cold
wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little
as 10 minutes.


Use caution while traveling outside. Cover all exposed skin.

Prepare for possible blizzard conditions. Continue to monitor the
latest forecasts for updates on this situation.


A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds

will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in

frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

The latest road conditions for North Dakota can be found at
dot.nd.gov/travel and for Minnesota at 511mn.org, or by calling
5 1 1 in either state.



.TONIGHT…Clear. Lows around 25 below. West winds around 10 mph.

Wind chills around 35 below.

.THURSDAY…Sunny. Highs zero to 5 above. Southeast winds around

5 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Wind chills

around 35 below.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Patchy blowing and drifting snow

through the night. Not as cold. Lows around 5 below. Southeast

winds 15 to 25 mph.

.FRIDAY…Cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morning, then snow

likely in the afternoon. Patchy blowing and drifting snow through

the day. Not as cold. Highs in the upper 20s. Southeast winds

20 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 50 percent in the Jamestown area, 70 percent in the Valley City Area.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Cloudy. Snow in the evening, then chance of snow

after midnight. Areas of blowing and drifting snow in the

evening, then blowing and drifting snow after midnight. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times after midnight. Windy.

Lows around 5 below.  Chance of snow 70 percent in the Jamestown area, 8- percent in the Valley City area.

.SATURDAY…Decreasing clouds. Blowing and drifting snow. Windy.

Highs zero to 5 above.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy. Blowing and drifting snow.

Windy. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. Lows around 15 below.

.SUNDAY…Partly sunny. Areas of blowing and drifting snow in the

morning. Highs near zero.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Decreasing clouds. Lows around 15 below.

.MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY…Sunny. Highs near zero.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around 10 below.

.TUESDAY…Mostly sunny. Highs around 15.


Frigid wind chills followed by late week winter storm.

A period of dangerously cold wind chills will be followed by a potentially high impact winter storm this week.

The wind chill impacts will be the greatest Wednesday through late Thursday evening.

The potential winter storm will impact the region Friday afternoon through Saturday evening.

An arctic airmass will bring frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills from late Wednesday morning to late Thursday evening.

Following the arctic outbreak, a potentially high impact winter storm will hit the area Friday and Saturday.

It appears that the Turtle Mountains and James Valley are favored for the higher snow amounts, with a gradual decrease into western North Dakota.

The most likely impact will be heavy snow accumulations of six inches or greater, from Friday afternoon through late Saturday afternoon, across most of Minnesota on in to the Red River Valley. There is an increasing chance for blowing snow bringing reduced visibilities and hazardous travel conditions across portions of south central and southeastern North Dakota.

There will be significant travel-related impacts with this system.

Plan for the worst and stay tuned to the latest National Weather Service forecasts for this potentially life threatening winter storm.

Jamestown  (CSi)  Jamestown Public Works informs residents, that

City crews will begin the snow removal program in the Downtown district starting tonight, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:00 p.m.

City Ordinance Section 25-10 requires that a property owner keep the sidewalk adjoining the property clear of snow and ice. Do not deposit snow or ice on the city street after the city plow has cleared the street. These violations are class B misdemeanors under the general penalty and will result in a fine.


The above schedule is contingent upon changing weather conditions and snow accumulation totals.


Jamestown  (Chamber)  The Chamber AgEnergy Committee will welcome ND Ag Commissioner, Doug Goehring; ND Farmer’s Union President, Mark Watne; ND Soybeans Growers Association Executive Director, Nancy Johnson; and ND Stockmen’s Association Executive Director, Julie Ellingson as panelists.

The Panel will be moderated by Mick Kjar of the Ag Central Radio Network, and will be focused on effects of trades and tariffs on our local and regional economy. It is set to take place at the Winter Ag and Construction Expo on January 16th at 10:30am in the Jamestown Civic Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The AgEnergy Committee strives to educate and inform the public on issues that affect our two largest industries in North Dakota. Hosting this panel is just another great example of the innovation and initiative of this committee. Please join them for what is going to be a great discussion.

For more information visit www.jamestownchamber.com  or call 701-252-4830.

Bismarck  (CSi)  North Dakota Parks & Rec will be holding a Youth Safety Class on Snowmobile Safety in Jamestown January 17 at 5-pm at the Bunker, located at 1520 3rd St. SE.

North Dakota law requires youth ages 10 and older, who do not have a valid driver’s license or permit, to take a safety certification class. In addition, those 10 and 11 also need to be directly supervised by a parent or guardian while on public lands.

“The certification is needed in order to legally operate a snowmobile on any public land which includes the state snowmobile trail system and ditches,”

In order to become certified, the following guidelines must be met:

  • Attend a scheduled classroom or hands-on class in your area, or take the online certification course from home.
  • Be at least 10 years of age.
  • Successfully complete the safety certification test.

The classroom certification fee is $20. While the classes are aimed at certifying young riders, anyone who wishes to learn more about snowmobile safety (such as parents or children under 10) is encouraged to attend; no fee is charged.

Jamestown  (NDFU)   – North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne called the signing of a partial trade deal between the U.S. and China a good first step toward resolving the ongoing trade war between the two countries.  He says, “We hope this first phase of the deal is real and not just rhetoric. The trade war the president said would be easy has been extremely difficult.  Farmers and ranchers paid the price.”

While the type of agricultural products China will purchase was not disclosed, the agreement calls for China to purchase $40 to $50 billion in agricultural products in each of the next two years. In 2017, China purchased nearly $24 billion. Watne said the agreement will be a solid increase, if China follows through.

Watne adds, “I’m cautiously optimistic, but the agreement doesn’t cover our lost sales to China, and it will take time to regain our market share and restore our reputation as a reliable trading partner.  Hopefully, this will create the demand we need to move our markets up.”

U.S. agricultural exports to China fell from $21.4 billion in 2016 to $9.2 billion in 2018. Soybeans, which have long been the top overall U.S. export to China, fell from $14.2 to $3.1 billion over the same time period.

Watne says, “Until vessels carrying U.S. agricultural products are landing in Chinese ports, I’m going to be holding my breath a bit,” noting the Chinese purchased 800,000 tons of Brazilian soybeans last week. Enforcement will be the key. We will need to mend fences with other countries to hold China’s feet to the fire. We should have used a coalition of trading partners from the start.”

Regardless of the agreement, Watne said the administration and Congress can’t let their guard saying,  “This is the first step forward after many steps back. We know the effects of the trade war will be felt for years to come. As the administration works to rebuild our markets, they must also support producers dealing with the lingering fallout.”

A former Fargo firefighter and the city have settled a discrimination lawsuit. The Fargo City Commission has approved paying Scot Kelsh $63,000 to settle his claim that he was the victim of discrimination after he was diagnosed with a health issue. KFGO reports Kelsh, a former state representative, originally sued the city for $1.8 million claiming discrimination and violation of confidentiality after he was diagnosed with a work-related disability. He was fired by the city in 2016. He claimed in his federal lawsuit that his disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, was revealed during one of his appeals to the city and he was unable to find a permanent job after that information was made public.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck Public Schools is believed to the first district in North Dakota to own an airplane. The School Board has given administrators the go-ahead to buy a Cessna 150, single-engine plane for the student aviation program at the district’s Career Academy. The Bismarck district has offered an aviation program for the past 12 years at the academy where about 70 students are learning to fly a plane. Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Williston also have high school aviation programs. The Bismarck Tribune says district business manager Darin Scherr says the plane will cost between $15,00 and $30,000 depending on its condition.

In world and national news…

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House has voted to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. The House also approved the chamber’s prosecutors for what will be only the third Senate impeachment trial in American history. The nearly party-line vote on Wednesday moves Trump’s impeachment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic-run House to the Republican-majority Senate. Trump expects acquittal in the Senate, though new evidence is raising fresh questions about his Ukraine efforts.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have signed what’s being called a first phase trade agreement aimed at lowering tensions in the long-running dispute between the world’s two biggest economies. The deal signed at the White House on Wednesday by President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is expected to boost exports from U.S. farmers and manufacturers and protect American trade secrets. But the agreement leaves unresolved many of the complaints voiced by the Trump administration when it started the trade war by imposing tariffs on Chinese imports in July 2018. Chief among those complaints is the way the Chinese government subsidizes its companies.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has moved to the brink of becoming the crucial 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The vote by both of the state’s legislative chambers Wednesday is a momentous victory for many women’s rights advocates. But it is far from certain the measure will ever be added to the U.S. Constitution. The vote came decades after Congress sent the ERA to the states in 1972, passing it with bipartisan support.


HAVANA (AP) — A lawsuit filed by prosecutors in the Virgin Islands says multimillionaire sex offender Jeffery Epstein used two private islands in the U.S. territory to engage in a nearly two-decade-long conspiracy to traffic and abuse girls. The suit alleges that at one point, Epstein and associates organized a search party to catch a 15-year-old victim trying to swim away and kept her passport to keep her captive. The lawsuit seeks to confiscate hundreds of millions of dollars from Epstein’s estate in the Virgin Islands.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has become the 10th state to allow adopted adults unrestricted access to their original birth certificate, a step that will help some investigate their family histories. A new law effective Wednesday does away with restrictions dating back to the 1930s that required adoptees to seek a hard-to-get court order to access their original birth records. Those rules had originally been intended to protect the privacy of parents who relinquished their children. But attitudes have shifted about the rights of adopted individuals, and social media and DNA technology have made it easier for long-separated relatives to connect.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. agencies say the decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record. And scientists say there is no doubt at all this is man-made climate change. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that the 2010s averaged 58.4 degrees Fahrenehit (14.7 degrees Celsius) worldwide, or 1.4 degrees (0.8 C) higher than the 20th century average and more than one-third of a degree warmer than the previous decade, which had been the hottest on record.