Buffalo chip to storm that damaged buildings
The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and buffalo chips this week:
* Buffalo chip to the storm that produced strong winds that damaged trees, buildings and power lines in the Bordulac area. Wind gusts of 85 to 90 mph damaged several grain bins, two grain dryers and portable elevators used to move grain at a grain-handling facility on the edge of Bordulac. The storm also damaged corn fields, and the elevator at Bordulac received extensive damage with one of its bins blown off its footings and on to the nearby railroad tracks and another bin losing its roof.
* Bravo to the first Jamestown Ride to Silence the Stigma, which saw more than 80 bikers, riders and drivers gathering for the ride and raising funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The event raised $4,905, which will be split evenly between the national chapter of the foundation and the local chapter. Local funds will be used to start a support group and to supplement education and prevention work at Jamestown High School.
* Buffalo chip to the apparent thieves who damaged a scientific buoy owned by the University of North Dakota during the winter while it was stuck in the ice in Devils Lake. When the buoy was recovered in June, wires were snipped, and the beacon and antenna were missing. The damage caused by thieves and harsh winter weather was estimated to cost $10,000 to repair.
* Bravo to North Dakota for being ranked sixth overall for child well-being in the 25th annual Kids Count study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. North Dakota was No. 1 in the nation in economic well-being, fourth in family and community indicators, 19th in education and 23rd in health. North Dakota’s economy also helped the state post the lowest child poverty rate in the U.S.
* Buffalo chip to the growing problem of herbicide-resistant weeds creeping up among crops in North Dakota and Minnesota. Rich Zollinger, North Dakota State University Extension Service weed specialist, said the problem isn’t bad here, but is a serious issue that is growing. Numerous cases have been confirmed in North Dakota and Minnesota of the weeds horseweed, kochia, common ragweed, giant ragweed and waterhemp showing resistance to glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup.
(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)