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Bravo to volunteers of community dinner

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos this week:

* Bravo to volunteers of the annual community Christmas dinner. The free meal was served to 390 people and was delivered to and picked up by another 201, said Kris Meidinger, volunteer coordinator. She said the total was 40 to 50 more than the previous year.

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* Bravo to Lois Bachynski on being named North Dakota’s 2013 outstanding senior volunteer in the Home Instead Senior Care Salute to Senior Service. The 72-year-old LaMoure, N.D., woman spends her time sewing baby quilts, quilt tops, fleece blankets and pillowcase dresses, and she donates the items to Birthright of Fargo Moorhead and Hearts of Hope in Belcourt, N.D.

* Bravo to the National Guardsman and others who acted quickly to save a man’s life after he collapsed while playing basketball. The man was having trouble breathing, then stopped breathing and didn’t have a pulse. Maj. Mark McEvers administered a shock with an automated external defibrillator and another basketball player, Rich Olson, started to perform CPR while someone called 911. The man soon regained color to his face and started breathing.

* Bravo to Zeeland, N.D., native Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert for becoming the head coach of the University of North Dakota’s football program. He played collegiately and served as an assistant coach at the University of Jamestown.

* Bravo to everyone who donated to the Salvation Army’s Christmas campaign especially the group of anonymous donors, who offered a $2 million match for donations made to the Salvation Army.

* Bravo to the Moorhead, Minn., campus of Rasmussen College for offering a Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree program starting in January, a move that aims to meet the demand of registered nurses needed in North Dakota and Minnesota. Joan Rich, director of nursing at Rasmussen College in St. Paul, Minn., said the key to keeping up with demand is increasing education for nurses.

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