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Bravos and a buffalo chip to hand out

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

* Buffalo chip to the person or people who burglarized several Jamestown businesses over the Memorial Day weekend. Dairy Queen, Northwest Tire and the Salvation Army Thrift Store all sustained damage when glass doors were broken during the burglaries. Little money was taken. We hope anyone who has information on the burglaries will contact the Jamestown Police Department.

* Bravo to those people who played a role in Memorial Day services in Jamestown and area communities. It's important to pay tribute to those service men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedoms and we appreciate those people who helped with those services and tributes.

* Bravo to Katie Conlon, Jamestown College sophomore, who earned All-American honors in the 3000 steeplechase by placing second at the NAIA national championships. She broke her own school record in the race. Conlon has eight All-American performances between track and cross country.

* Bravo to the candidates for local offices who have made themselves accessible to the public by participating in candidate forums and answering questions for The Jamestown Sun. These activities take time on the part of the candidates but are valuable in helping residents make informed decisions when they vote.

* Bravo to Brian Sinner, Jamestown High School senior, who won the state title at the state track meet on May 29 in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches.

* Bravo to the news that North Dakota is among the top states for producing jobs, according to a survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation. The survey found that in 2009 the state's economic development work produced 7,850 net new jobs and exports grew 27 percent over the previous year to $1.5 billion.

* Bravo to special efforts to raise funds for Stutsman County Relay for Life, such as those by Jim Bender and the Presbyterian Church Team. Bender has sold more than 750 tickets at $5 apiece for a collectible airplane car, and the team has raised about $3,500 in selling $10 luminarias, including Sue Parries' raising more than $1,000. And bravo to the efforts to raise money for the Relay on a smaller, but also important scale, through events like lunches and bake sales. All are worthy ways to raise funds to fight cancer.

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