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Bravo to ‘Take Back the Night’

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos this week:

* Bravo to the “Take Back the Night” event at University of Jamestown, where women and men gathered together to shed light on the problem of domestic violence. About 30 people carrying glow-sticks and pairs of shoes representing domestic violence victims in Stutsman County walked from Voorhees Chapel to the gates of the college, quietly singing “This Little Light of Mine.”

* Bravo to the organizers and participants of the Stutsman County “Out of the Darkness” walk, which raises funds and spreads awareness for suicide prevention. People gathered to remember friends and family members lost to suicide, to support suicide prevention and raise funds for the cause. They raised about $8,300 at the event.

* Bravo to the outpouring of support for the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Valley City. The church suffered more than $1 million in damage after a fire that investigators determined was arson. The congregation received help from the Valley City community and other churches, including a place to meet. Faith Lutheran Church has relocated to a donated former office space in Valley City.

* Bravo to the Blue Jays volleyball team for earning its first-ever No. 1 seed in the West Region after a sweep of defending state champion Bismarck Century Tuesday night.

* Bravo to the members of the public who called in tips that led to the arrest of two suspects who allegedly robbed the Northland Financial Bank in Medina. The tips led to the discovery of the SUV’s plate numbers by law enforcement officers after a security video was reviewed.

* Bravo to Medina for winning the 2013 North Dakota Best Tasting Tap Water Contest at the 85th annual North Dakota Water and Pollution Control Conference in Grand Forks. Medina’s water will now compete in the national 2014 American Water Works Association Annual Conference in June in Boston.

* Bravo to the partnership between the State Board of Higher Education and businesses in North Dakota. Larry Skogen, interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System, spoke about the role of higher education in meeting the state’s growing workforce needs at the 2013 Fall Conference of the Economic Development Association of North Dakota. Colleges and universities in North Dakota have added programs that are partnering with business and industry to make the programs successful.

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