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Bravos are being handed out this week

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos this week:

* Bravo to the staff at Ave Maria Village for suggesting a potential location for a dog park in Jamestown. The site is not in any neighborhood, is on land owned by the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation Health System, which owns Ave Maria Village, and not being used at this time. SMP would have to approve any proposal.

* Bravo to Jean Miller of Valley City, who was chosen by the State Historical Society for the society's Local History Award. Miller, 91, has been actively involved in keeping history alive for many years. She has appeared at area schools speaking to children on history of the area and also was associated with the Fort Seward Wagon Train for many years as a rider, storyteller, quilt maker and historian.

* Bravo to Spc. Justin Huber, a native of Edgeley who will represent the North Dakota National Guard in a regional Guard competition next year. Huber took top honors in the enlisted level of the Best Warrior Competition, consisting of physical tests, military knowledge and individual tests. He advances to an eight-state regional competition in Alaska in June 2010. We wish him the best as he prepares for the competition.

* Bravo to Jim Carlascio of Jamestown, who was chosen to receive the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Communtiy Leadership Award. He was recognized for his spirit of service and support he brings to the community. Carlascio had also received a Hometown Heroes award from the North Dakota League of Cities recently.

* Bravo to downtown Fargo which was honored by the American Planning Association as one of 10 neighborhoods in the U.S. in its "Great Places in America" program. Downtown Fargo was recognized for its "historic character and revitalization" during the last decade.

* Bravo to the news that heating costs should be lower this year, the lowest in the last five years. Lower fuel costs and an expected milder winter are expected to cut average residential heating expenses by 8 percent from last year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

* Bravo to the establishment of a toll-free hotline in North Dakota to answer questions about influenza and H1N1. The North Dakota Department of Health set up the hotline and is encouraging residents to call with their questions. The number is 866-207-2880. It operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper's editorial board)