Bravo to JRMC for onsite wounds center
The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:
* Buffalo chip to the treatment of journalists in Ferguson, Mo. Some journalists covering the confrontations and protests over the death of an unarmed teen had been hit by tear gas and were arrested. Video cameras used to record events for news stations were pointed to the ground by law enforcement.
* Bravo to South Dakota for bringing the pen President Benjamin Harrison used to sign North Dakota and South Dakota into statehood in 1889 to North Dakota’s 125th anniversary celebration in Bismarck. The pen flew with the South Dakota governor in his plane, in the hands of a historian, and the North Dakota Highway Patrol escorted it from the plane to the North Dakota Heritage Center.
* Bravo to the Arts Center and South Central Dakota Regional Council for each receiving a grant from the Bush Foundation Community Innovation program that together total more than $300,000. The Arts Center received $190,220 to help further develop the Art Park, and the SCDRC received $121,000 to address the lack of building inspection services in smaller communities in SCDRC’s nine-county region.
* Bravo to the Jamestown High School girls golf team for winning its first meet in program history at the Minot Invite. JHS finished with a team score of 351, and Sierra Bennion sank a 20-foot putt from the fringe to birdie the playoff hole and win her third varsity tournament at Minot’s Souris Valley Golf Course.
* Bravo to Ringdahl Motors in West Fargo, N.D., for refunding the purchase price of a skid-steer loader after the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation seized it from Unique Automotive Collision Center in Ellendale. Kristi Gilbert, who owns Unique Automotive Collision Center with her husband, Michael, said the skid-steer loader was purchased in good faith in March 2013 and was determined to be stolen in December 2013. Kristi said the machine was run through the database for liens or stolen items, and “it came back clear.”
* Bravo to Jonathan McCarthy, who founded a program that provided drowning-prevention lessons to 2,000 Nepali children. McCarthy came up with the idea of teaching swim lessons in countries with high rates of drowning and raised money on the crowd-funded website Indiegogo in the hopes of making Aqua Motion International a reality. McCarthy, who has been a swimmer since he was 7 years old, wanted to integrate service with his love of swimming, so he began researching drowning the summer before his senior year at North Dakota State University. Drowning is the third-leading cause of unintentional injury deaths, according to the World Health Organization, “and in some countries, it’s the first,” McCarthy said.
(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)