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Bravo to Community Award recipients

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos this week:

* Bravo that North Dakota leads the nation in the use of electronic medical records for storing patient records. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 82.9 percent of North Dakota’s office-based physicians use a basic electronic health record system. In 2013, the report said, the national average for physicians using electronic records was 66 percent.

* Bravo to the Community Awards recipients of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, which were given this week. Alden Kollman received the Above and Beyond Award. Orr Auctioneers was named the Business of the Year. Joseph “JT” Thompson received the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award. And Janna Bergstedt of First Community Credit Union was named the Outstanding Young Professional of the Year. The awards are given to people and businesses that work to better Jamestown’s citizens and business climate.

* Bravo to the National Transportation Safety Board for urging federal regulators to step up safety measures for crude-by-rail shipments. Forum News Service reported Jan. 23 that the NTSB issued three safety recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration and Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. They included rerouting trains that carry hazardous materials and creating audit programs for rail carriers and shippers. The American Association of Railroads, which represents major freight rail companies, said it agreed with the board’s recommendations.

* Bravo to the Rev. Mary Ann Adams who will be heading to Indonesia to do missionary work. Adams will serve as a missionary associate for two years on one of the larger islands of Indonesia, where she said she “will be working with children” and teach “the people there how to do children’s ministry.”

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