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Bravo to counties for new juvenile drug court

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editorials Jamestown, 58401
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos this week:

* Bravo to Stutsman and Barnes counties for implementing a juvenile drug court, which allows substance-abusing teens charged with nonviolent crimes to possibly get those charges dismissed. The program intends to reduce delinquent behaviors that often occur in substance abuse cases, through intense supervision and participation in treatment.

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* Bravo to Project Ignite Light, a nonprofit located near Rogers, N.D., that donates backpacks, or "bags of hope," to victims of child abuse. The backpacks include items such as clothing, a snack, a blanket and more. Project Ignite Light gave away 363 backpacks in its first year, and now it gives away an average of 225 bags per month. The backpacks are hand-delivered to agencies by the Rev. Pebbles Thompson and her family. Thompson started the nonprofit with her husband, Darin. They started serving the Fargo area initially with a goal of being statewide in five years. The goal was reached in one year.

* Bravo to Walk to School Day, a program that promotes traffic safety and physical fitness through exercise to students.

* Bravo to the Cass-Clay Project Community Connect event, which is sponsored twice a year since 2007 by the Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for the Homeless. The event provided services that many homeless people want or need - haircuts, dental work, legal services, help securing identification documents, flu shots and spiritual support - at no cost under one roof.

* Bravo to the organizers of the Wimbledon steak fry, where community members gather every other Thursday for a steak dinner. The seasonal event has generated enough money for the volunteers to give back to the community. In 2012, volunteers donated $1,200 to the family of a Wimbledon man who died in a motorcycle accident and for new playground equipment that was installed at a community park.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper's editorial board)

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