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Silver carp deserve a buffalo chip

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

* Bravo to the Salvation Army's Coats for Kids program, which collects and distributes coats, hats, gloves and mittens for families in need at no cost. The Salvation Army has organized the program for more than 20 years.

* Buffalo chip to the news that silver carp were found in the James River earlier this month. Silver carp is an invasive species that is known to destroy habitat for desirable game fish. It's also known to jump out of the water in the path of approaching watercraft. More surveys of the river are expected.

* Bravo to Larry Knoblich and Dave Tews, recipients of the Rollie Greeno Award. The award is given to Jamestown College alumni with outstanding commitment in the field of education and coaching. Knoblich, the founder of the Runnin O' the Green, a charitable run that draws thousands and has raised thousands for charity, is a 1958 JC graduate and has coached at LaMoure High School, Jamestown High School and in Oregon. Tews, a 1978 JC graduate, is a history teacher and the head gymnastics coach at Jamestown High School. He also coaches the divers on the Blue Jay swimming and diving team and he coaches track and field at Jamestown Middle School. He has received a number of awards for his coaching skills.

* Bravo to Amanda Brumfield of Edgeley, who was named Mrs. North Dakota Sunday. Brumfield, a registered nurse who works at Kedish House Domestic Violence Center in Ellendale, works on prevention related to domestic violence issues. She teaches children in elementary schools about respect in the home and good-bad touching. She also speaks about positive relationships and date rape to older students.

* Bravo to those businesses and people who helped a family this week when they lost a child to a tragic accident. After 3-year-old Brayden Mcclean, son of Matthew and Dalonna Mcclean of Wimbledon, N.D., died earlier this week, friends, neighbors and strangers pooled their resources to harvest the soybeans on the Joyce Mcclean farm to help the grieving family.

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