Bravo to volunteers working to end hungerThe Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:
The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:
*Bravo to the North Dakota Winter Show, now in its 76th year. The show opened Tuesday and runs through Sunday. It puts the spotlight on agriculture and has also expanded to include other events to draw those not connected to agriculture.
*Bravo to the 400 volunteers who worked at the Kids Against Hunger meal-packaging event on March 2 in the Buffalo Mall. The volunteers fulfilled various roles needed to assemble the ingredients to make nutritious meal packages that will feed others. And bravo to Kiwanis for organizing this third event to feed people in need.
*Bravo to those 20 people who “took the plunge” March 2 to help raise funds for Special Olympics. The annual Special Olympics North Dakota Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge raised about $5,800 and included jumpers from Jamestown College and Valley City State University. The high temperature Saturday in Jamestown was 28 degrees so the “plunge” into cold water probably wasn’t the most pleasant experience for these jumpers but they cheerfully did it for a good cause.
*Bravo to College Goal North Dakota, a program that helps parents and students navigate the sometimes confusing paperwork associated with applying for financial aid for college. The program is being held this month in several North Dakota schools, including Carrington, Kulm and Linton in this area. Coordinating this effort is the North Dakota Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators with monetary support from the Lumina Foundation and volunteer support from the School Counselors Association, Vocational Rehabilitation and others. It’s a worthwhile program that can help students get the financial assistance they need for higher education.
*Buffalo chip to thieves of copper and other metals from businesses in Fargo-Moorhead. Thousands of dollars in metal has been stolen from these businesses.
*Bravo that North Dakota hit a record for the total value of its crops in 2012. The value reached almost $11 billion, according to the National Ag Statistics Service, compared to about $6 billion in 2011.
(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)