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Bravos and buffalo chips to hand out

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

* Bravo to Darrel Brown, 81-year-old hunter from Millarton, N.D., who successfully harvested an elk this year. It was Brown's fifth elk hunting adventure.

* Bravo to the Jamestown High School Math Team for taking first place in the second annual High School Math Competition this week at Jamestown College. The JHS team was first out of 57 teams competing in the event.

* Buffalo chip to the person or people responsible for a "prank" that damaged a restaurant in Bismarck on Oct. 7. Police said a KFC restaurant assistant manager was tricked into pulling a pin in a fire suppression system by a caller on the telephone. The caller said police and fire departments would be notified if the pin wasn't pulled to check the system. When the pin was pulled, it caused $2,500 in damage and forced the restaurant to close.

* Bravo to the news from Moody's Economy.com and MSNBC.com that the recession is over in Fargo-Moorhead, Bismarck and Grand Forks-East Grand Forks, Minn. The cities were among 79 out of 384 considered in "recovery" from the recession in the latest Adversity Index. Recovery is expected to be slow because of global financial markets, said Brian Walters, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp.

* Buffalo chip to Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents of the boy involved in the balloon hoax incident. Authorities in Colorado continue to investigate the Heenes after a large helium balloon was launched and the Heenes called 911 to report their son was in the bucket of the runaway balloon. Flights were delayed at the Denver airport and National Guard aircraft was scrambled to locate the balloon. The child was not found in the balloon and had not been in any danger. The Heenes allegedly concocted the scheme to get a reality TV show. Should charges be filed and the parents are convicted, we hope restitution is part of the punishment.

* Bravo to Tex Weatherly, Jamestown resident who was recognized last week with the Johnny Appleseed Award. The award was presented at a local Abor Day observance by City Forester Vern Quam to honor Weatherly for all his work planting trees in Stutsman County as well as running a tree planting program, serving on the city's Shade Tree Committee and conservation practices that go beyond tree planting. Weatherly is credited with being involved in planting more than 1 million trees in the county through his years of work.

* Bravo to families who open their homes to foreign exchange students. The students receive a firsthand look at life in the United States and the families learn about other cultures and countries from the students. There are times when exchange programs have difficulty finding homes so we salute those who open them to others.

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

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