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Bravo to Martin for Wimbledon garden

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and buffalo chips this week:

* Buffalo chip to those who wore T-shirts that depicted a Native American drinking from a beer bong, or funnel, with the words “Siouxper drunk” at the annual Springfest celebration.

* Buffalo chip to the wet May forecast. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s May forecast, issued April 30, called for above-average moisture in most of the region, with exceptions being northern Minnesota and extreme northeast North Dakota. Planting delays aren’t particularly worrisome, said Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University Extension agronomist for small grains and corn. But further delays would cause many fields to be planted later than normal.

* Bravo to Fessenden (N.D.) High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions for staging a mock car crash exercise where three students “die” as a result of a DUI crash. The event included a presentation by speaker Nathan Backstrom, who lost three sons to a drunk driver about a mile east of Farmington, Minnesota. The event was held to educate students on the danger and the consequences that can result from driving under the influence of alcohol.

* Bravo to Joy Skeel for being named Adult Volunteer of the Year for the North Dakota Long Term Care Association. Skeel, 90, was recognized for 30 years of volunteering at Ave Maria Village, an assisted-care facility in Jamestown. Skeel said she keeps a busy schedule, and one of the highlights of her days is visiting with residents and staff at Ave Maria Village. She said volunteering “is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”

* Bravo to Don Wright, 73, Lake Elmo, Minnesota, who has a goal to run 100 marathons. Wright joined the 50-state club — run a marathon in every state — more than a year ago. He is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma not long after completing his first marathon. He said what inspires him “is when people say they’re inspired by me.”

* Bravo to LuAnn Martin of rural Wimbledon and other community members for building a small community garden out of a vacant lot. Martin received permission to create the garden from the community board running the grocery store about five years ago. Now the garden includes a gravel pathway, a small patio with tables and chairs, trees, shrubs and flowers. Community members gave Martin a bit of cash here and there to help with improvements. Martin is also planning other improvements to the site.

* Bravo to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Surgical Services for receiving the latest technology for removing adenoids and tonsils — a new technology called the Coblation technique. Advantages of this technology include less bleeding, the ability to reach all areas, lower risk of harming healthy tissues around the area, fewer complications and reduced pain in the recovery process.

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

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