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Bravo to workforce campaign

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

* Bravo to the participants and organizers of the Runnin O’ the Green. About 1,500 people participated in the Run, raising about $23,000 for people fighting cancer and Camp Grassick, a summer camp for children and adults with special needs. And buffalo chip to the 88 arrests that were made during the fundraiser, up from 65 for last year. Sixty-one arrests were made for possession of an alcoholic beverage, and there were four arrests for urinating in public.

* Bravo to the University of Minnesota Rochester students who are volunteering at different locations en route to Salt Lake City for a larger-scale volunteer project. The group of 23 students cleaned the back warehouse of the Salvation Army Store during their time in Jamestown.

* Bravo to Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a national fraternity with chapters at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University, for ending a traditional initiation rite members have practiced for more than 50 years. After the negative impact SAE has felt from a string of deaths and lawsuits over the past five years, the organization will stop “pledging” new members.

* Bravo to the “Find the Good Life in North Dakota” campaign that was announced Monday to recruit new workers to keep North Dakota’s economy going in the right direction. The campaign is a public-private partnership led by the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, an entity created by state law that consists of private-sector business and education leaders charged with helping the governor and Department of Commerce develop economic growth strategies.

* Bravo to the late Herman Stern, who posthumously received the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Stern, a North Dakota businessman and civic leader, helped a group of more than 175 Jews who escaped the Holocaust and came to the U.S. Stern, a Valley City merchant, founded the Greater North Dakota Association, now the Greater North Dakota Chamber, in 1924 and became the organization’s first president. He also started a fundraising effort to build a home for the North Dakota Winter Show, a crop and livestock expo that opened in 1937 in Valley City.

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