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Bravo to return of stolen dog to family

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

*Bravo to an English bulldog being reunited with its owners after being gone for four years. The dog was stolen from a Williston, N.D., family’s home when it was let outside and was located on Dec. 19 in Minot in an abandoned home police called a “drug house.” The dog had been microchipped and that enabled authorities to locate the owners.

*Bravo to Mike Gee, Joe Larson and others who sponsored and held a fireworks display for residents on Christmas Day.

*Buffalo chip to the recent widespread increase in flu activity in North Dakota. The state had 234 cases of influenza reported the week ending Dec. 16, compared to 23 at the same time during last year, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. More than 700 flu cases have been reported since August. It’s not too late to get vaccinated.

*Buffalo chip to the cold snap we’re currently in. The average high temperature during late December is 21 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Jamestown’s high temperatures this week have remained in the single digits above zero or been below zero.

*Bravo to Kathy Holtan Wilner, rural Bowdown, N.D., who has documented about 500 one-room schools in North Dakota. Wilner was recently recognized by the State Historical Society of North Dakota for her work and is known as “The School Lady.” Wilner said she did the work after researching her family history and plans to continue documenting them in the state.

*Bravo to Char Broten, who worked in real estate for 41 years in Jamestown before retiring earlier this month.

*Bravo to the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, which conducted a workshop recently with motel owners and managers to help education them on topics that included human trafficking. Future meetings are also expected to be held.

*Buffalo chip to the emerald ash borer being found in Winnipeg, 65 miles north of the North Dakota border. The beetle attacks and kills ash trees. It has not been found in North Dakota, which has more than 92 million ash trees, according to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Emerald ash borer has also been confirmed in  Minnesota.

*Buffalo chip to the vandal or vandals who damaged six young trees along 5th Avenue Northeast. The trees had half of the crown or the entire crown broken off.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board.

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