University of Jamestown President Dr. Rober Badal Announces his Retirement
Posted by KSJB News on 9/21/2017 5:43:00 PM.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (University of Jamestown) – University of Jamestown President Robert S. Badal announces he will retire effective Feb. 28, 2018, after serving as President since 2002. “I have had the rare chance to take a small but historic institution to a higher level, and I have remained steadfast in that honorable pursuit,” he says.

New Convicted High Risk Sex Offender Living in Jamestown
Posted by KSJB News on 9/20/2017 1:00:00 PM.
John Sheku Conteh
JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Police are warning residents of a convicted high risk sex offender who is now living in the city.

High Risk Sex Offender Moves to Jamestown
Posted by KSJB News on 9/20/2017 6:16:00 AM.
 Marcus Trevor Bartole
JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Police are warning residents of a convicted high risk sex offender who is now living in the city.

CenturyLink Fiber Optic Cable Severed Near Urbana
Posted by KSJB News on 9/19/2017 9:50:00 AM.


JAMESTOWN - Technicians have been dispatched to a fiber optic cable cut near Urbana that has disrupted communications in and around Jamestown, according to Rachel Woodman, market development manager for CenturyLink.

University of Jamestown Enrollment is Highest in Over a Decade
Posted by KSJB News on 9/19/2017 7:09:00 AM.


JAMESTOWN, ND (Dallas Rosin) - Fall Enrollment at University of Jamestown has been finalized for the 2017-18 school year.  1136 students are enrolled at UJ this year, making this the largest number of students enrolled at the university in over a decade.

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