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Bravo to organizers of Purses for a Purpose

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and buffalo chip this week:

* Buffalo chip to Punxsutawney Phil, the famed U.S. groundhog, for emerging from his burrow Sunday and predicting six more weeks of winter after seeing his own shadow.

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* Bravo to the U.S. Department of Transportation for awarding the Essential Air Service bid for passenger air service to Jamestown and Devils Lake Regional airports to SkyWest Airlines. The airline will offer 11 nonstop roundtrip flights on a 50-seat jet airplane per week between Devils Lake and Jamestown airports to Denver International Airport. The contract is from April 1 to June 30, 2016.

* Bravo to the Paws4ward group for organizing the Purses for a Purpose event that will take place Sunday. The group hopes to raise $50,000, which will help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries get service dogs. It takes about a year and a half to train a service dog, and training may cost $15,000 to $20,000 per dog.

* Bravo to North Dakota for being named one of the six states cited as “best states” for tobacco control. The state earned two “A” grades for funding state tobacco control and prevention programs above the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for the comprehensive indoor smoke free law that was passed two years ago.

* Bravo to the late Herman Stern, the latest recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, North Dakota’s highest honor. Stern was manager of Straus Clothing in Casselton, N.D., before he became manager of the Valley City store. He was honored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York for playing an instrumental role for allowing between 175 and 200 German Jews to escape the Holocaust and come to the U.S. He was also a leader in the fundraising effort to build a home for the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City.

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