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Editorial: Bravo to businesses who collected for pantry

The Jamestown Sun hands out the following bravos this week:

* Bravo to the Stutsman County Fair Board for securing Murphy Bros. Exposition as the fair’s carnival for the next five years. The change means there will be more rides for fair goers at the event — at least eight more than there were previously. The change will also mean that the fair will be held on the Fourth of July, earlier than it has been typically held in recent years.

* Bravo to the Carrington Cardinals girls for making their first trip to the state volleyball tournament.

* Bravo to the four businesses that collectively donated more than 9,000 items to the Salvation Army food pantry. Cavendish Farms, Cargill Malt, UTC Aerospace Systems and Newman Signs conducted their annual friendly contest to see which one could collect the most. The winner was Newman Signs with 16.95 items per employee.

* Bravo to Mark Coppin, director of assistive technology at the Anne Carlsen Center, for being recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change.” Coppin was recognized Thursday at the White House event that celebrated educators who use creative approaches in using technology to enhance students’ learning. Coppin has been recognized on a number of levels for his work with students at the ACC and the “technocamps” he established.

* Bravo that a dog that has been missing from a North Dakota home has been found in Oklahoma and will be reunited with its owner. Jasmine, an 8-year-old boxer, disappeared from her Minot home. She was found by Willy Fields of Free to Live Animal Sanctuary and taken to a vet. A microchip was discovered on the dog and that’s how her owner was located.

* Bravo to the residents of Hope, N.D., who helped rescuers aid LeRoy Richards when he was hurt in a tractor accident. Some put their pickups in a ring around the pit where Richards was trapped after his tractor overturned and pinned him so their lights would illuminate the area for rescuers and for the LifeFlight crew that was dispatched to take Richards to a Fargo hospital. About a hundred residents and neighbors came to the site, many to try to help in any way they could. Richards is recovering from the accident.

* Bravo to Gate City Bank for donating $3 million to the state’s Housing Incentive Fund. The money will be used to help build about 500 housing units for people in need including seniors, service workers and the homeless. The donation is the largest single contribution to the fund this year. The fund provides up to $3 million or 30 percent of the cost of new apartment and rental units to reduce developers’ debt so they can set cheaper rental rates.

* Bravo to those people who provide foster homes for animals in need. It takes a special home to take care of animals that may have been abused or neglected and special care for those animals.

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