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Bravo to Kidder County Angels

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

* Bravo to the Kidder County Angels, a group that provides gas vouchers to people with chronic illnesses to help them get to their medical appointments. The vouchers are used at gas stations in Kidder County. Community fundraisers and other donations have provided the funding for the $75 vouchers. The Kidder County Angels’ six-member board is also quick to note that the real “angels” are those who help support the project in some way.

* Bravo to the New Year, New You Wellness Challenge Program, which recently wrapped up for the year in Jamestown. The program provides participants with factual information, challenges, prizes and other ideas to promote healthier lifestyles.

* Bravo to the Jimmies’ Distance Medley Relay team of Sam Goff, Kayla Schumacher, Christa Lysne and Aleona Reyes for earning All-American honors and placing fifth in a school-record tying time of 12:04.88 at the NAIA national tournament in Geneva, Ohio on March 8. And bravo to Reyes for earning All-American honors and placing seventh in the 1,000-meter run.

* Bravo to the North Dakota Winter Show, which recently concluded in Valley City. The 77th annual show is an agricultural tradition in this area.

* Buffalo chip to radioactive waste being discovered at an abandoned gas station in Noonan, N.D. Hundreds of bags of “filter socks,” oilfield waste with naturally-occurring radioactive material, were found last month in six rooms of the gas station. Authorities said there is no public safety risk if people stay out of the building, which is being cleaned up.

* Bravo to the official launch of the North Dakota Health Information Network. The state’s network offers a secure email system to allow medical providers to share information, increasing efficiency and improving patient diagnoses. A query-based system is also being created which will enable providers to search patient records by name, which could be critical during an emergency. The network, which actually began earlier this year, is expected to expand over the next several years.

* Bravo to the Jamestown area for ranking 27th in a list of the top 100 small-town areas for business development, according to Site Selection magazine. Jamestown made the list for the number of corporate projects underway. The magazine listed the top 100 small-town areas for business development in its March edition.

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