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Bravo to N.D.’s young population

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos this week:

* Bravo to North Dakota having the highest proportion of 20- to 24-year-olds in the 50 states. This age category makes up 9.26 percent of North Dakota’s population, according to U.S. census population estimates.

* Bravo to the donors who helped Kensal Public School get a new wooden gym floor. The floor’s cost is $56,000, and at least 20 donors stepped up to help the school pay for it.

* Bravo to James “Jim” Billey of Ellendale, who was honored this week with the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. Billey was chosen for his “significant volunteer service and the impact he has on the lives of others and on his community.” He has been a longtime blood donor and driver for United Blood Services and served many years on the Ellendale Hospital Board. He later helped the hospital transition into a basic care and assisted living facility along with other community work. The AARP award given to Billey is the organization’s most prestigious volunteer award.

* Bravo to the Arts Center for its work to develop a strategic enhancement plan for Jamestown, including the Art Park. The Arts Center received a $20,000 grant from Arts Midwest to develop the plan that includes asking the community how it wants Jamestown to grow and be in the next 10 to 20 years.

* Bravo to the return of bus service to Jamestown. Jefferson Lines recently resumed service that includes stops in Jamestown. There are still issues that remain to be resolved, such as a getting a more permanent bus stop rather than the small shelter on First Avenue, but at least travelers have service again.

* Bravo to Congress for finally reaching agreement to raise the debt ceiling and end the partial government shutdown, but buffalo chip that it took so long.

* Bravo to the Blue Jays football team for earning a spot in the Class AAA playoffs with its 17-13 West Region win over Dickinson last weekend. It’s the team’s first trip to the playoffs since 2008.

* Bravo to Jamestown Regional Medical Center for adding 3D mammography. The machine is the only one in North Dakota and can detect more invasive breast cancer earlier.

* Bravo to those people and organizations that donated to the All Vets Club’s recent fundraiser. More than $40,000 was raised, including a $25,000 endowment from Charlotte Bellon to help the club in the future.

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