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What We Think: Bravo to Hunger Free garden project

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

* Buffalo chip that Williston, N.D., made the No. 1 spot for being the most expensive place to live in the U.S. based on the average rental rate of a basic, 700-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment. The average monthly rent for “entry-level apartments” in Williston is $2,394, according to, a rental website. Dickinson, N.D., came in fourth with an average of $1,733 a month.

* Bravo to a break from the cold weather earlier this week. The Jamestown area saw three days with above-freezing temperatures. And buffalo chip to the return of below-freezing temperatures to the area.

* Bravo to Ethan Gumke, who earned a state wrestling championship at 195 pounds on Feb. 15. The Jamestown senior finished his final year with a 38-5 record and spent most of the season ranked No. 1 at 195.

* Bravo to revenues going into North Dakota’s general fund exceeding expectations. The revenue is beating forecasts by $150 million during the two-year budget cycle that began July 1. The state started the current two-year budget cycle on July 1 with a general fund balance of $1.65 billion. The general fund is projected to end the biennium with a balance of $491 million.

* Bravo to the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project, which encourages home gardeners and commercial growers to plant extra produce each year that can be donated to charitable organizations across the state. Volunteers for the project donated more than 181,000 pounds of fresh produce to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charitable community programs in 2013.

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