What We Think: Bravo to New Year, New You participants
The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:
* Bravo that North Dakota recorded 10,072 births in 2012, the most in the state since 1988. North Dakota Census Bureau and other officials say the reason for the increase in births is the state’s continuing economic boom, driving more young people to North Dakota.
* Buffalo chip that Fargo-Moorhead’s binge drinking rates are among the highest in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the 2010 data ranked the F-M area third (28.2 percent) for binge drinking rates, consisting of more than four drinks on one occasion for women and five drinks for men. First was Midland, Texas, with 32.5 percent, and second was Columbus, Neb., at 28.4 percent.
* Bravo to the couple who gave a $6,000 tip to a Trinity Bible College student so she could return to her studies in Ellendale. Abigail Sailors was working as a waitress at Cracker Barrel in Lincoln, Neb., when the couple sat in her section, asking for a grumpy server to make the server laugh. Instead, they got Sailors, the cheeriest server, who, while waiting on the couple, shared her life story, including that she had to quit school to earn enough money to return. Sailors’ mother had been injured in a car accident when she was 7 months old, and she and her siblings later lived in a series of foster homes. She eventually found a permanent home with one and changed her name to theirs. Upon leaving the restaurant, the couple left her a $5,000 check for college and a $1,000 check for Sailors. And one of them was also a Trinity Bible College graduate.
* Bravo to the Simulation In Motion – North Dakota program, which provides simulation medical training around the state to medical personnel. The program is a partnership of the North Dakota Department of Health and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. Four simulation vehicles — mobile learning labs — are used to train medical personnel using lifelike mannequins that mimic real patient situations.
* Bravo to Noah Wanzek, of Jamestown, who placed second out of four finalists in the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick last weekend in Denver. The 15-year-old earned the right to compete in Denver by winning the age group of 14-15 year olds at local, state and regional competitions.
* Bravo to Great River Energy for donating $15,000 to match a North Dakota Forest Service grant to help the Jamestown Rural Fire Department purchase equipment.
(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)