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Bravos and a buffalo chip to hand out this week

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

* Bravo to those people who have opened their homes for the annual Holiday Tour of Homes in Jamestown. The Arts Center-sponsored event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Homes on the tour are those of Barb and Brian Lunde, Dwaine and Joyce Heinrich, Mike and Michelle Neumiller and Carol Trautman.

* Bravo to Hector International Airport in Fargo, which is seeing increased growth in flights and boardings. The airport is on track for a second straight year of record boardings. That's good news for North Dakota, which needs continued growth in air service to grow businesses, business leaders say.

* Bravo to the Fill the Dome drive conducted by students in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The drive resulted in 96 tons of food and $96,000 being donated, far past the goal to collect $75,000 and 75 tons of food. The third annual drive included students from 58 schools in North Dakota and Minnesota.

* Buffalo chip to the vandals who drove 6-inch nails into red pine trees in Backus, Minn. Authorities believe the nails were driven into the trees to prevent expected logging. But because of the vandalism, the entire forest of 600 trees will have to be cut down because of safety issues, instead of the 100 expected to be taken down. Authorities said more than 500 trees had nails driven into them.

* Bravo to the increase in boardings at Jamestown Regional Airport. The airport had the largest percentage increase in passenger boardings of all airports in North Dakota in October, the state Aeronautics Commission said. There were 438 passengers boarding in October 2009 compared to 277 in October 2008.

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