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Bravo to renovation project at UJ dorm

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

* Bravo to Charlotte Hansen, who donated $25,000 to the Arts Center in Jamestown. The donation was used to pay for a new sound system, lighting options and a wireless camera for Hansen Stage.

* Bravo to the University of Jamestown for the $1.6 million renovation project at Watson Hall, a student dormitory on the campus. Construction of a new 3,100-square-foot addition is ongoing and will be the new main entrance to the building. The addition will include an elevator, a resident director’s office, new restrooms and shower rooms for each floor and expanded lounges with kitchenettes on the second and third floors. The dorm rooms will be converted to suites after the completion of the spring semester.

* Bravo to Jamestown residents who offered input to the Land Use and Transportation plan. People can still provide input online at or by attending meetings that will be held over the next few months.

* Bravo to the rising temperatures in the Jamestown area. After last weekend had wind chills ranging from minus 24 to minus 41, the Jamestown area is expected to see temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 40s this weekend.

* Bravo to the slide in overall crime statistics for Jamestown.  Reportable offenses in 2013 totaled 1,170, compared to 1,319 in 2012, down 149.

* Buffalo chip to the freeze-up of water and sewer lines throughout Jamestown. At least 20 homes and businesses in Jamestown have been affected by the cold temperatures that froze the water and sewer lines buried between 6 and 8 feet underground.

* Bravo to donors who helped the 2014 Giving Hearts Day online fundraiser set new records for the amount raised and number of donations. Preliminary figures showed $5.47 million was raised in a 24-hour period on Feb. 13 through more than 24,000 donations.

* Buffalo chip to the rise in sexually transmitted disease cases in North Dakota. Cases of gonorrhea and syphilis increased last year. Syphilis cases increased from 15 to 24 and gonorrhea cases from 340 to 471. Increased cases were confirmed in every quadrant of the state. The increase in STDs appears to be because people, especially those ages 15 to 24, are not taking  precautions and are engaging in risky behaviors, such as having unprotected sex and taking multiple partners, said Lindsey VanderBusch, sexually transmitted diseases program manager, for the North Dakota Department of Health.

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