The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:
* Bravo to Roger Haut of Jamestown, the new district deputy to the Elks national president for the lodges in the East District of the North Dakota State Elks Association. He was installed at the 147th Elks National Convention last week and will serve a one-year term.
* Bravo to the end of the NFL lockout. Players and owners finally reached an agreement on a 10-year deal. Both sides got something they wanted, primarily more money. Owners get a higher percentage of all revenue; players get more money because teams have to spend more of their available salary-cap space. Bottom line: fans will get to watch football this fall.
* Bravo to Alexis Barnick of Jamestown, who auditioned Friday for “American Idol” in Denver, Colo. We look forward to finding out how she did.
* Bravo to North Dakota Farmers Union, on the completion of its almost $5 million remodeling project. The building, which is also home to Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company, has a new geothermal heating and cooling system, new auditorium to host larger meetings and other features in its renovation. Work on the actual project started in 2009.
* Buffalo chip to the news that milk production dropped in North Dakota during April, May and June. The U.S. Agriculture Department said production dropped by 11 percent from the same time in 2010. The average number of cows in North Dakota declined 1,000 from the previous quarter and 2,000 over the year. Nationwide, milk production rose in the second quarter by 1.3 percent.
* Bravo to Laura Kraft of Jamestown, who won the North Dakota Women’s Golf Association state title. Kraft plans to compete in the National PGA Junior Championship next week in Indiana.
(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)